Sunday, November 27, 2011

Breakfast #51: Fried Egg in Aligue (crab fat)

I am a relic.  In a world where fitness has swept the universe on its endorphin-powered chariot, leaving in its wake legions of runners, bikers, triathletes,and plana forma disciples, I remain resolutely languid.  Feel the burn?  Runner’s high? I listen to a multitude of people wax delirious about their physical activity of choice, still as puzzled and as dubious as I’ve always been.

It’s not that I question fitness or physical activity.  Not at all!  Exercise, it all its many forms, is good for you – and that’s the inescapable truth.  But I just can’t get on the fist-pumping, limit-pushing, sweat-dripping  bandwagon, try as I might.  And I have tried.  Really and truly.  But where other feel a sense of glorious exhilaration, I only feel nauseous and ornery.

Sports are definitely out.  Not only do I possess zero coordination or athletic prowess, anything to do with competition makes me miserable.  Solo activities like running or biking do not attract me in the least.  And don't even mention the gym to me.

So as far as physical activities are concerned, that leaves power-shopping, power-erranding, and my once a week walk to the neighborhood market.  Not much.  Although a step more active than reading…which is my preferred activity, truth be told.

I love decadence, indulging, napping with pajamas, long scalding-hot showers, burrowing under soft cool sheets, stretching, dancing , sleeping outdoors, sleeping in, 3-hour lunches with wine, hammocking, floating on my back, sniffing my baby pillow, brunch cocktails, stirring hot chocolate, lip-synching, and kneading dough.

The world is leaving me behind.  But it’s ok.  Because I have this to keep me company.

Fried Egg in Aligue (crab fat)
  • 1 egg, the best you can find or afford
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small clove of garlic, very finely minced or passed through a garlic press
  • 1 tablespoon aligue (crab fat)
  • Sea salt

- Heat a non-stick skillet on medium-high heat.  Add the oil.  When the oil is hot, add the garlic.  After a few seconds, when you can smell the garlic frying, add the aligue (crab fat).  With your spatula/turner, quickly mix the aligue with the oil and garlic.  Blend well until you have a deliciously dangerous looking mass of bubbling orange sin. 
- Onto this bed of foamy orange, gently lay your egg.  As the whites set, gently flip the aligue onto the egg whites and yolk.  Keep doing this patiently until the whites are set but the yolk remains runny.  Sprinkle a little sea salt on the yolk.
- Slide the egg and all the aligue onto your plate…or better yet onto a steaming mound of rice.  Consume immediately.  This dish does not like waiting around.

Aligue is crab fat and, over here, in a country of truly fearless people, it can be easily acquired sold in bottles.  If you are not comfortable having 2 tablespoons of fat (one animal and one vegetable…I’m nothing if not fair) in one serving then please feel free to reduce either to the quantity you are comfortable with.  If you are, however, comfortable having more, by all means indulge!  I would compensate though with some extra strenuous reading after ;)

Please don’t get me wrong.  I would love to one day be bitten my some hyper-energetic bug that will miraculously turn my potential into kinetic and my soft curves (I have lots to spare) into hard angles (I sure could use those).  Until then I suppose I’ll just have to be content with the passions I’ve been dealt.  I’m certainly not complaining.  Pass the cozy and wake me when the coffee’s on please :)


Shalum said...

Yum! Must be good with Coca-cola!:)

Mom-Friday said...

I LOVE ALIGUE! My cholesterol level is proof! WIll try this for sure... now off I go to bed and dream of this for breakfast tomorrow!

and I am a relic too! :)

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Wow, that is unique. I bet this fried egg tastes amazing.



Gio said...

what is it with you and eggs?! yet again this is amazing. you had me at aligue. and hopefully you'll find another good "workout" activity that suits :))

chef_d said...

Oh my goodness!!!! This recipe is absolutely sinful...and I'm sure mind-blowingly delicious!!! Thank you for sharing the recipe...will defintely try this--I still have a bottle of aligue in the fridge :)

food tripper in DC said...

This sure looks so yummy for brekkie! Would love to try that one day.

Good morning from Davao! :)

Anh said...

Delicious! And I am very curious about the Aligue :)

ChichaJo said...

Hi Shalum! Now there's a thought!

Hi Mom-Friday! We love it too! Of course, it's not something to have everyday ;) Glad to see a fellow relic! :)

Hi Rosa! It is yummy :) But definitely not for those on any sort of diet, heehee :)

Hi Gio! I LOVE eggs!! They are awesome and can be enjoyed in so many ways :) As for workouts...I'm thinking dancing might be good :)

Hi Chef D! Definitely sinful! But it's good to indulge once in a while :)

Good morning from Manila Food Tripper! Hope things are sunny in Davao! :)

Hi Anh! It is basically the orange fat you see in the crab when you open the shell. It is really popular here but very rich and high in cholesterol so not something to have everyday :) Over here, you can buy it already bottled :)

Mark said...

I've been having my morning omelette (3 eggs) with anchovies in butter since you posted that recipe, and this looks equally delicious!

I can also say that it's totally healthy, and you don't need to feel guilty about it at all. (if you don't serve it on toast/rice that is...). I exercise a lot, *and* love eating eggs :)

Junglefrog said...

Ah yes the forever sports thing.. Says someone who was supposed to go to spinning class this morning but once again skipped... I like sports most of the time but I seem to have some trouble motivating myself and I really should. Now for that lovely egg I need no motivation!

Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany) said...

You're not alone..I enjoy all those lovely slow, indulgent things too. Food is definitely one of them..and a good breakfast, like this one, would definitely hit the spot.

You write so well by the way.

Midge said...

Now that is the very epitome of a sinful, glorious, utterly decadent breakfast. Bring on the toast!

cafe wayan ubud said...

Mouth watering breakfast dishes. Hi there. I am a new reader of your blog. I must say you have a very interesting list of dishes that I never heard of. be back to read more

Camz said...

"Until then I suppose I’ll just have to be content with the passions I’ve been dealt."--haha, I like this and consider it good advice. I will, too.

Looks perfectly sinful. I will give this a try tonight :D

ChichaJo said...

Hi Mark! So happy to hear that you are liking the eggs in anchovy butter! Hope you like this one as well :) The part though that would be not *too* healthy here would be the crab fat…high in cholesterol but oh so good!

Hi Simone! The problem with me is that I like sports none of the time! So motivation in that area is pretty challenging ;)

Hi Brittany! Thank you for your nice comment! Glad to hear I am not along in my love of the slow and indulgent :)

Hi Midge! Some mornings just call for sinful and glorious ;) Bring on the rice as well!

Thanks for stopping by Café Wayan :)

Hi Camz! Just saying it like it is ;) Hope you like it!

Tabatha said...

A very poetic explanation of your lack of interest in exercise. I can relate all too well!

Dexie said...

I love food decadence too which is why I MUST workout, hahaha. Yummy looking fried egg!

Justin said...

I have never even heard of aligue, and don't have the first clue where I would look to try and get some. Any suggestions for possible substitutions?

ChichaJo said...

Hi Tabatha! Well, if I'm going to go on about a lack of interest in something it might as well be poetic right? ;)

Hi Dexie! Thanks! I need to find some kind of exercise I enjoy, even a little, haha!

Hi Justin! It's crab fat :) Hmmm, I don't know what could be a substitute though...

Barbara said...

I have never heard of aligue. That egg does look good.

I like all those things you do but I do like a good hike in the bush or a swim in the waves.

Sweet Tooth said...

Sinful but looks delicious! :D

ragamuffin girl said...

Your activities of choice are tops on my list. Especially 3 hour brunches and reading books. Who says snuggling doesn't burn calories? :)

ChichaJo said...

Hi Barbara! Aligue is crab fat...not very healthy, but yummy and much loved over here :) I think I would enjoy physical activity if it was outdoors, with nice scenery, and did not involve any competition :)

Hi Sweet Tooth! Sinful is right! But sooo good ;)

Hi Ragamuffin Girl! I'm sure it does burn calories!! :)

Anonymous said...

It looks amazing. I can't wait to try it out :PP
Do you already know the extra virgin olive oil Laudemio? I love it, let me know what you think about it.

ChichaJo said...

Hi Anon...haven't come across it yet :)

givemetravelfunds said...

Joey you are so cruel :)


jewelsandstuff said...

And of all days, I had to read this while it's raining (thus the thought of aligue and eggs is just too good to resist!:)

Katrina said...

OMG, JOEY!!!!! Your avowed passion for chicharon, bagnet, lechon, and all things porky has never shocked me, since I am equally self-indulgent (albeit, not necessarily for pork); but just reading the title of this post literally made me gasp! My first thought was, "That is just too decadent, unhealthy and over-the top!" But that was a mere, fleeting moment. My next thought followed right after, and it was, "BRILLIANT!!! I must try it immediately!" :-D

I am a HUGE fan of aligue, and it's one of the words that always jump out to me from a menu (apart from, as you already know, "deep-fried," "crunchy," and "foie gras"). And to have it with fried eggs is just genius! You truly are a girl after my fat-wrapped heart. ;-)

I still haven't cooked your egg with anchovy butter dish (keep forgetting), but I have a feeling this recipe will be tried sooner than that. Oh, you evil, evil woman, you!

Katrina said...

A few years ago (when I was 20 pounds heavier), I wanted to make some fried rice for dinner. I needed a filling meal to line my stomach for the boozy night ahead. I told myself I'd make it relatively healthy by just mixing the rice with tuna and an egg. I went down to the store the buy the ingredients. As I was waiting for the cashier to ring up my purchases, I noticed a jar of aligue strategically placed near the counter. "Oh, miss...could you add this, too?" :-D

While eating my now-very-unhealthy fried rice with tuna, egg AND aligue, I texted F about it. He replied, "You're going to kill yourself!" I said, "So you don't want to taste it?" His text quickly arrived, "Yes, I do!!!" HAHAHA!

You can bet that aligue helped me drink more that night! :-D

(And now you know how I gained all that weight then.)

Margaux Salcedo said...

Looks so deadly! But I love!!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Lee! Cruel to be kind ;)

Hi jewelsandstuff! This is a good friend on a rainy day :)

Hi Katrina! I know what you mean...I was thinking the same thing as I was cooking it (too decadent, unhealthy, etc) but of course that all disappeared when I tasted it :) Not for everyday though!

Hi Margaux! There is a lot of bliss to be found on the wild side :)

Mirage said...

It is very seldom that we get a bottle of Aligue and my hubby requests for this dish when we do, deadly combination but not to worry since it's like once in 3 months lol. - Mirage

ChichaJo said...

Hi Mirage! Yes, everything in moderation! ;) Glad you enjoy it!

Katrina said...

I made this tonight! Unfortunately, my heat was too high again. :-( I've yet to learn exactly what people mean by "high," "medium-high," "low," etc. Oh, for the exactitude of baking, when 400 degrees is exactly that! ;-) Anyway, so I burned the garlic and aligue a bit, and the yolk wasn't as runny as I'd like, but it was still good. How could it NOT be, when I used the precious aligue I had my brother-in-law bring me from Capiz?! I kid you not, it is the BEST! It's so chunky, that even after you heat it up, not all of it melts.

Now I want to cook this again because I want to get it right. But I fear for my health, so I'll wait a while...maybe next week. :-D

ChichaJo said...

Hi Katrina! I am in love with your description of the special aligue! Well, as with everything in life, practice makes go for it! But yes, maybe space it out, hehe ;) So good right? Let me know how your next tries go!

Katrina said...

My next try will have to wait until someone comes from Capiz again, because I just used all the rest of it tonight, for pasta. YUM.