Arroz Caldo

     I am so stoked to share this recipe with you guys because this has become one of my favorite Filipino dishes! Arroz Caldo literally translates to “rice soup”. This is a porridge dish that you can make your own. I prefer mine to be more thick rather than soupy but feel free to change up the measurements to meet your liking! This dish is perfect on a rainy day or if you’re not feeling well. It’s so easy to make, & perfect filling meal for the whole family! Let’s get to it!

For this dish you will need:
● 2 cups Jasmine rice (oatmeal or quinoa for a healthier sub)
● 1.5 lbs of chicken breast (with or without bone)
● 1-1 1/2 pc chicken bouillon* (chicken cube)
● 2 tbsp of cooking oil
● 1 cup of diced onions*
● 2 tbsp of minced garlic*
● 2 knobs of julienned ginger*
● 3 tbsp of fish sauce* (patis)
● 4-8 cups of water* (if you want a thick or soupy consistency)

*these items can be more or less than what’s stated based on your preference 

     For (optional) toppings you will need:
● 1 cup minced green onions
● 1/2 cup minced garlic (see below for how to make toasted garlic)
● 4 boiled eggs
● 1 whole lemon, chopped up in wedges

● Heat cooking oil & add in onions, garlic, & ginger. Sauté all three
● Add in chicken, chicken cube, & some black pepper. Continue to sauté all ingredients until they’re golden brown & you can smell the dish (sounds weird, but you’ll know what I mean)
● Add in fish sauce & rice. Sauté for a few minutes
● Pour in the water & bring to a boil
● Stir occasionally. It will thicken, so here you can decide if you want it to be more soupy or not. It will take about a half hour to 40 min for the rice to be cooked
● See if you need to add anymore water, if not your arroz caldo is ready to enjoy! Add your favorite toppings!

Directions for toasted garlic:
● Add 1/2 cup cooking oil to pan along with garlic
● Put heat on low & watch garlic turn to a golden brown
● Drain the oil & place on a plate with a paper towel

     This dish can serve 6-8 people, & it is so delicious! I can literally eat this all day long. If you have any questions, please ask! Also if you try this recipe out, let me know how it goes! It’s always fun to try new dishes, especially if you don’t have a house full of picky eaters. I hope you enjoyed this post & that it is easy to use whenever you decide to try to make this dish! Happy eating, everyone!!

Aloha nui loa,


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