A chicken-fried steak is defined as a slice of beef pounded till tender, dredged in flour, dipped into egg-wash and fried, well, like classic Southern Fried Chicken. This particular breakfast dish was described in glowing detail by Robert Fulghum in his now-classic book All I Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.
Filipinos aren’t really major beef eaters in the morning (unless, of course, you’re talking about tapa and canned corned beef), so it’s pretty hard to find a proper chicken-fried steak in these parts except at Heaven and Eggs. Here, the Carrie’s Country-fried Steak (named obviously for American Idol‘s Carrie Underwood) is pretty good.
It’s a bit tough, this steak. However, it is quite flavorful and does go well with steamed veg and a poached egg. (Poached, mind you; not fried.) And rice – definitely rice.