arroz caldo

it was a little damp and chilly last night so i made some arroz caldo, or in capampangan lelut manuk. it’s one of my favorite comfort foods. my mom made me some when i had a root canal. definitely needed comforting then! 😛 i thought we’d already posted about it, so imagine my shock when i realized we haven’t — at least according to the blog’s search feature.

how do you like your porridge? soupy? thick? with boiled egg, green onions and fried garlic on top? sometimes, if it’s just plain porridge, you can put tokwa’t baboy (tofu and pork in vinegar) as a topping, too. here’s the recipe, just in case somebody stumbles across the blog who’s never cooked it before …


1 pound chicken wings (or whatever parts you prefer)
1 1/2 cups sweet rice
8 cups water
1 medium onion, diced
1 whole garlic, crushed
1 medium ginger, sliced thinly
2 tsp. salt
cooking oil
green onion, chopped
pepper, optional
8 hard-boiled eggs, sliced


rinse chicken wings and pat dry. rub a teaspoon of salt on them and then set aside.
heat oil in a big pot. toss in the garlic, but take most of it out when it turns light golden brown and set aside (you’ll need as topping later). add the onion and ginger to the pot and saute for a minute. then add the chicken and remaining salt (or instead of salt, use a teaspoon of patis). brown for about 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally.
add water and bring it to a rapid boil. stir in the rice and let it boil again. cover and lower heat to a simmer for about an hour. make sure to stir occasionally so the rice won’t stick to the bottom of the pot.
garnish each serving with green onions, fried garlic and slices of hard-boiled eggs.


2 Comments Add yours

  1. Betis Boy says:

    ultimate comfort food, not to mention good for you too. best version i remember still has to be the one sold at the elementary school canteen, with just the right amount of ginger, soft rice, and chicken strips (literally strips). sold for 50 cents a cup. he.he.


  2. Guagua Girl says:

    nah, best version is mom's (though mine is not too bad, if i say so myself)


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