Food Friday - Arroz caldo

(TitaT, TitaCes, I've been seeing this kind of watermark from you, try ko lang.)

Arroz caldo, literally rice soup/broth, is a rice dish in ginger-flavored chicken broth. The texture almost resembles Chinese congee or Japanese okayu.

Arroz caldo is an easy Filipino comfort food. I remember mom used to cook this 'always' when I get sick because it is easier to swallow, the rice softened in the process of cooking.

Here is a recipe I followed, but sorry I forgot where I took it.

• 4 chicken thighs or drumsticks
• 2 cups of sticky rice (uncooked)
• 1 qt of chicken stock
• 2 knobs of ginger (peeled, chopped 1/4 inches)
• 4 cloves of garlic (chopped roughly)
• 1 onion or 2 shallots
• green onions
• 2 tablespoons patis (fish sauce)
• salt and pepper


1. In a big pot, add some oil, and brown the chicken. Season with salt and pepper.
2. When you flip over the chicken, add the chopped onion or shallots and sauté until the other side of the chicken browns.
3. Add garlic, give a quick toss and add uncooked rice.
4. Mix rice and add fish sauce then throw in ginger. Mix and add chicken stock.
5. Cover and bring to a simmer.
6. Bring heat to medium and continue to stir. Making sure rice doesn't stick to the bottom of the pot.
7. Continue to check the tenderness of the rice. If mixture is getting too thick, add lukewarm water.
8. When rice is cooked just right, serve with chicken in a bowl and garnish with green onions/deep fried shallots and garlic.

Jescel  – (December 4, 2008 at 10:57 AM)  

this is so good, esp for winter season, huh? :o)

mirage2g  – (December 4, 2008 at 12:18 PM)  

Jes, true, hot arroz caldo for a winter merienda...

Z'riz  – (December 4, 2008 at 6:00 PM)  

hahahahaha yummy! Fave ko rin yan... I love bits of chicken in I'm really hungry! :) Bagay yan for the cold months..

Serving mine HERE

Familia Khuletz  – (December 4, 2008 at 6:08 PM)  

This is one comforting food, indeed.

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Samantha Ysabelle  – (December 5, 2008 at 6:46 AM)  

my comfort food whenever i am sick or when someone in the family is sick. i like mine with a drop or two of calamansi juice and patis! the contrast of sour and salty from the two is just yum!

btw, my ff entry is here. happy friday!

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Photo Cache  – (December 5, 2008 at 10:48 AM)  

I can never cook this right. Gusto ko consistency ng rice parang porridge. But every time laging kulang ng sabaw tsaka maalat, nge!

maiylah  – (December 5, 2008 at 5:12 PM)  

agree ako with Jenn ... this is comfort food indeed!

appreciate your playing again, G!
happy weekend!

Barb Lorenzo  – (December 7, 2008 at 2:01 AM)  

Favorite ko 'to nung college sa bus stop ng Victory from Manila to Olongapo and vice versa!!

Favorite ko rin now when I'm sick! I love munching on ginger strips! The dish rocks with calamansi!


nobu  – (December 7, 2008 at 6:26 PM)  

It is good for winter.

Titania  – (December 15, 2008 at 1:55 AM)  

I don't know the food from the Philippines. It looks very tasty and the ingredients sound very interesting.

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