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Found: Southern-style Chicken-fried Steak

Carrie's Country-fried Steak
Carrie's Country-fried Steak

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.



Midge started her career in PR writing at seventeen when she began drafting documentaries for a government-run television station in the Philippines. Since then, she made a career in advertising and public relations which ended in June 2016 These days, she works full time at Philippine Tatler as a features writer under the nom de guerre Marga Manlapig. Aside from what she does for a living and her poetry, she has turned her home kitchen into a personal culinary lab and is currently working on another novel. Follow her on Instagram at @midgekmanlapig.

3 thoughts on “Found: Southern-style Chicken-fried Steak

  1. Oh! I bet that’s worth checking out. I wish they used mashed potatoes though instead of steamed rice. I think it probably goes better with it.

  2. Oh, I got that Robert Fulghum book, how funny! Country fried steak is my hubby’s fave… just buy filleted chicken breast and pound them till they get to about 1/2″ thin – and you’ll have a chicken steak. Chicken substitute is a good idea.

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