Tuesday, January 27, 2009

From My Kitchen: Arroz Caldo

23/365 - Arroz Caldo

There was a day last week that I felt I would get sick because my head started aching and my tongue felt warm corrupting my taste buds, so when brother and I were thinking what to cook for dinner, I immediately told him I will cook arroz caldo as it is one of my comfort foods.

Arroz Caldo literally means "rice" and "stock" in Spanish. Here in the Philippines, although there are many variations of the rice porridge or congee, as many people calls it, when someone speaks of arroz caldo, it means rice porridge with chicken. Other variations for this dish had ox tripe, pork intestines and others - which they call "goto."

When I cook arroz caldo, I use 100% glutinous rice. Others mix regular rice and glutinous rice to save up, but I don't really go for it. I prefer my arroz caldo thick and not too soupy, it's like eating mushy risotto. And, I make sure there are chopped spring onions, toasted garlic bits, and a teaspoon of calamansi juice in my bowl. I love the sourness the calamansi gives to the dish, but not all are into it.

*** Jenn ***

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I am a filipina and my husband is a dutch , and you know what that is one of the favorite filipino food of my husband and he was very eager to learn how to cook "lugaw" and now he knew already how to cook lugaw and he is very proud of it.

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Jenn, the Foodie

I come from a family who loves cooking and eating. I never had any formal training in cooking and that I taught myself how to cook based on the handed down recipes, but I could say that I can cook good food. In 2008, I started documenting my food trips for my travel blog, and since I have quite enough to start a food blog, might as well put all those food trips in one location. Thus, a food blog is born - thanks to the new Friendster Blogs. However, due to several problems, I was left with no choice but to pack bags again and move here instead. Here's the permanent address, promise! Enough talk, let the food trippin' begin! {Know More About Me}