Island Eats

Discover the hefty thrills of Filipino breakfast

When a heartier breakfast than bacon and eggs is in order, we turn to sisigsilog.

At the Filipino café Tselogs in Daly City, sisigsilog consists of chicken hacked into bits and stir-fried with scallions–the tumble accompanied by a heap of garlicky rice and a quivering fried egg.

In the Mission District, residents squabble over where to find the best tacos. But in Daly City, where approximately 32,000 Filipino-Americans account for a third of the population, sisigsilog is merely one style of silog (pulse-slowing assemblages of fried rice, eggs and meats), all of which inspire equally fervent devotion.

Tselogs' laudable version serves its sisigsilog with the chicken–salty, tender and crusted dark brown on the bottom–sizzling in a small cast-iron skillet. It's fantastic doused with garlic-infused vinegar spooned from a table-side jar.

Once you've tried sisigsilog, venture deeper into silog territory with Tselogs' tapsilog (beef tenderloin strips), longsilog (sweet sausage) and bangsilog (marinated milkfish).

Bargain hounds, note: With $2.99 silogs from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Tue. through Fri., and a 3:00 a.m. closing time on Fri. and Sat. nights, Tselogs appeals to early birds and night owls alike.

Tselogs, 6055 Mission St. (at Rice St.), Daly City; 415-337-4670 or tselogs.com