Thursday, February 9, 2012

food (food) | arroz caldo

Arroz caldo is a humble Filipino dish that requires minimal ingredients. Traditionally served during on Christmas Eve (aka Noche Buena), this is my "chicken noodle soup".   Think of it as a Filipino version of risotto with a chicken broth base.  When I'm sick or not feeling well, I crave arroz caldo because not only is it tasty, but stomach friendly even when you're trying to battle the worst flu. If that's not much of a selling point, there's chopped ginger in the ingredients which is a remedy for stomach queasiness.

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Here's what you'll need:
  • 1 cup of cooked chicken (chopped or shredded)
  • 1 1/2 cups of white jasmine rice
  • 2 tbsp of chopped fresh ginger
  • 4 cups of chicken broth
  • 1 chopped white onion
  • 4 tbsp of chopped garlic (2 tbsp for meal and remaining 2 tbsp for garlic chips as garnish - optional)
  • 2 stalks of chopped green onion
  • Salt
  • Juice from 1 fresh lemon
  • 4 tbsp of vegetable oil
Directions:
  1. In a medium sized pot heat 2 tbsp of oil on medium - high heat.  
  2. Add ginger, onion and 2 tbsp of garlic.  Add salt to taste and saute until vegetables are tender.
  3. Add rice into pot and coat evenly with ginger, onion, garlic mixture.
  4. Add chicken and chicken broth.  Bring to a boil.  Once it starts boiling, cover and simmer heat on low - medium heat for about 20 minutes.
  5. While rice is cooking heat the remaining 2 tbsp in a small pan in medium - high heat.
  6. Add remaining 2 tbsp of chopped garlic and fry until golden brown.
  7. Once the arroz caldo is done cooking serve in bowl and garnish with garlic chips, green onion and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice (all optional).

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Enjoy!

5 comments:

LC said...

i`m sick so this looks so good to me! too bad i`m tooo lazy to get up and cook haha.

you should get the planner next year! i contemplated for 2 years about this planner, but i`m glad i finally pulled the trigger. the best thing i like about it is that i don`t feel like i`m just rewriting appts/dates in multiple areas of the same planner. this would be perfect for your upcoming busy schedule with your baby! the morning/day/night area is awesome!!

xoxo, LC

Blicious said...

yum, sounds delicious!

xox
b

Laura Go said...

You know what's weird? I never liked arroz caldo growing up. But now that I'm married and away from home, I miss it sooo much!

♥ laura
the blog of worldly delights

pearls and green tea said...

Yum!! Do you ever go to mikes restaurant??

susan#'s said...

this looks like something I would have been able to eat when pregnant! I am going to try to make it this week.