Chicken rice porridge

Chicken rice porridge

Arroz caldo

By
From
7000 Islands
Serves
6
Photographer
Jana Liebenstein

When my mother was a child, arroz caldo was just the thing for someone when they were sick. Rice was known to soothe upset stomachs and nourishing chicken broth remedied colds just as it does abroad. It was also for cool days, mainly in the rainy season, when warm thick congee spiked with ginger was gobbled down as merienda.

Arroz caldo is known by other names, too, including lugaw, pospas and goto, each with slightly different ingredients. The arroz caldo my mother ate was scattered with safflower; like many versions, this one is topped with crisp garlic chips for crunch. A mix of regular and sticky rice gives this dish just the right thickness and texture.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
200g white glutinous rice
100g jasmine or medium-grain rice
1.7kg whole chicken, jointed into 4 pieces, bone in
60ml vegetable oil
9 garlic cloves, 6 thinly sliced, 3 finely chopped
1 large onion, finely chopped
4cm piece ginger, peeled and cut into julienne
60ml fish sauce
2 spring onions, very thinly sliced
6 hard-boiled eggs, peeled and halved
sesame oil and 8 kalamansi or lime wedges, (optional) to serve

Method

  1. Place both of the rices in a bowl, cover with cold water and set aside to soak. Place the chicken in a large saucepan or stockpot and cover with 2.5 litres water. Bring to the boil over medium heat, skimming any scum from the surface, then reduce the heat to low–medium and simmer for 40 minutes, or until the juices run clear when the thickest part of the thigh is pierced with a knife. Remove the chicken from the stock and set aside to cool slightly; reserve the stock.
  2. Put the vegetable oil and sliced garlic in a large saucepan over medium heat and stir continuously for 5 minutes, or until the garlic is golden. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towel. Return the saucepan to the heat, add the onion and cook for 5 minutes, stirring until soft. Add the chopped garlic and ginger and stir for a further 2 minutes, or until fragrant.
  3. Drain the rice, add to the pan with the onion and stir for 2 minutes, or until the rice grains are well coated. Add the fish sauce and 2 litres of the stock, bring to the boil, then reduce the heat to medium and cook for 20 minutes, or until the rice is very soft and starting to break up, and the mixture has thickened. Thin with a little extra stock to a porridge-like consistency, then season with salt flakes.
  4. Shred the chicken, discarding the skin and bones. Divide three-quarters of the chicken among serving bowls, then ladle over the rice mixture. Top with the remaining chicken, then scatter with the fried garlic and spring onion. Serve with hardboiled eggs, sesame oil, if using, and kalamansi.
Tags:
Filipino
Philippines
Asian
South
East
SBS
7000
Islands
Islander
Yasmin
Newman
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