back in my college days, whenever i was home and got hungry in the middle of the night, i would look for leftovers in the fridge and mix everything i find all up in fried rice. i would also fry a couple of eggs sunny-side-up and open a can of hunt’s pork and beans. i would arrange it all in a plate for a sumptuous midnight snack. my mother gets awestruck whenever she sees me doing this.
it might sound unusual but hunt’s pork and beans and fried eggs are comfort food to me.
i remember how my mother would prepare my sunny-side-up eggs with rice. she’d cut up the eggs in the rice (like a bibimbap, but way, way before it became popular here) then mix it all up with sugar. yes, sugar. it becomes a sweet, salty, and creamy meal i enjoyed. i grew up loving it until i forgot everything about it when i became a teenager. then fairly recently, about 5 years ago, it all came rushing back. i tried it again (after more than 40 years) with 3 eggs and a cup of rice, plus 2 tablespoons sugar. wow! that was good! been doing it since.
i miss the old version of hunt’s pork and beans. the joke going around why it’s called PORK (singular) and beans is because there is literally only one piece of pork fat you’ll find swimming somewhere above the mass of beans and sauce after you pour it on a bowl. but taking in that melt-in-your-mouth piece of fat is the most satisfying thing about eating hunt’s pork and beans. the new version is disgusting. the company replaced the single piece of pork fat with multiple pieces of what-they-made-to-appear-as-meat-but-in-fact-looks-like-mouse-droppings-or-pigeon-pellets in an effort to have ‘more meat’ in the can. epic fail! so, hunt’s pork and beans has become less enjoyable as a result, but still nonetheless, my “go to” comfort food.
i cook for my family. recently i went crazy over steak, always dreaming about cooking steak. i used to be crazy over pork belly, crispy pata, and pata tim. and pizza! but once in a blue moon, i feel too lazy to cook. today is one such day.
time for some college days comfort food.