Arroz Caldo is a Filipino rice porridge or congee, made with glutinous or sticky rice and flavored with ginger and other spices. The main difference of Arroz Caldo from other rice porridge, like Goto or Lugaw, is that it uses chicken meat and sometimes chicken liver and hard-boiled egg. Although it is known to be a good comfort food for the sick especially during the rainy season, it is also usually served as breakfast because it is filling and nutritious.
Arroz Caldo (Rice Porridge)
- 2 tablespoons cooking oil
- 2 cloves garlic - - minced
- 1 small onion - - chopped
- 4 tablespoons ginger - - peeled, julienned and crushed
- 2 pounds chicken - - cut into serving pieces
- 2-3 tablespoons fish sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 cup glutinous rice - (uncooked)
- 6-7 cups water
- 1 tablespoon safflower - (optional)
- 3-4 hard boiled eggs - (optional)
- 3-4 pieces preboiled chicken liver - (optional)
- garlic - -minced and fried
- onion leeks - - chopped
- lemon slices - or kalamansi slices
- In a large pot over medium heat, saute garlic, onion and ginger in hot oil.
- Add in the chicken pieces and stir in fish sauce and ground pepper and let simmer in own juice until outer layer is slightly golden, turning occasionally to keep them from burning.
- Mix in the glutinous rice and cook for a 1-2 minutes. Pour in the water and bring to a boil. Cover pot to let the rice is cook faster while mixing now and then to prevent the rice from sticking at the bottom of the pot.
- Add the safflower, hard boiled eggs and liver and simmer for a few more minutes.
- Serve hot and top with fried garlic, leeks and a squeeze of kalamsi or lemon.