The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, Astronomical Services Administration (PAG-ASA) has officially announced the start of rainy season in the Philippines. No more beads of sweats and infuriating heat! It's time to grab your sweaters, rain boots, scarves, and umbrellas.
During this chilly season in the Philippines, people love to stay indoors and just indulge with comfort foods more often cooked by their mothers and/or grandmothers. Here are some of them:
Arroz Caldo is Filipino's version of Congee. Rice and bite-sized chicken strips are boiled in a ginger-based broth until it reached porridge-like consistency. It is usually served with chopped green onion.
Like Arroz Caldo, Champorado is a rice soup only it has a cocoa powder and sugar instead of chicken and ginger. It is usually served with evaporated milk. Tuyo, a small fish that was salted and dried up, is said to be the perfect partner for this sweet meal.
Lomi is a Filipino soup made with thick fresh egg noodles, small-sliced meat and/or chicken, pork liver, shallots, cabbage, sliced fish balls, chives, and shrimps. A pint of cornstarch is usually added to the soup to make it thicker.
The main ingredients in Bulalo are beef shanks and marrow bones. These are boiled until the natural flavor mixed with the soup. This recipe is famous in Tagaytay, Philippines that people from Metro Manila drive through Bulalo houses and restaurants just to have a taste of it.
Also known as 'Binignit', Ginataang Halo-Halo is an old-time favorite of Filipinos. It is made with coconut milk, glutinous rice balls, tapioca pearls, taro, sweet potato and pandan leaf.
These Filipino dishes are the perfect partners for your book reading sessions, Netflix binges, and late afternoon snacks. Already craving these tasty treats? You can always cook (or ask somebody to cook) it yourself with some easy DIY recipes online. This rainy season, forget the hassle of the gutter-deep flooding and unbelievable traffic and focus on the small yet positive side of rainy days: A nice warm seat in a fine cafe or restaurant with a delicious meal right in front of you.