Lutong Pinoy Recipes

Arroz Caldo

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Although the Philippine weather has just two types (the wet and dry season), it can sometimes be too extreme. During the wet season, the rain could go on for hours and it becomes really cold.

What could be a better way to spend the cold days at home with a bowl of hot soup or porridge? This lutong Pinoy recipe is a crowd favorite and we dare to say that you aren’t a true blue Filipino if you haven’t eaten ARROZ CALDO. Let’s learn how to make this hearty Filipino rice congee.

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What You Need

  • 1 kg of chicken (any part of your preference but chicken thighs are preferred)
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 thumb-size ginger, cut into strips
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 ½ cups uncooked rice, washed and drained
  • 7 cups water
  • chopped green onions
  • saffron (optional)
  • hard boiled eggs (optional)

What To Do

    1. Sprinkle salt and pepper to the chicken pieces.
    2. In a pan, heat oil over medium high heat. Sauté ginger and onions until onions have become translucent.
    3. Add chicken pieces and cook until meat has lost its pink color.
    4. Add fish sauce and continue stirring to distribute flavor.
    5. Add rice and mix.
    6. Pour in water and stir to mix ingredient. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 30 minutes or until chicken is tender. TIP: For more flavor, use chicken stock instead of water.
    7. Add eggs if preferred and adjust the taste according to your preference using fish sauce and salt.
    8. Serve hot with chopped green onions.