Arroz Caldo is a Filipino variety of Congee, a rice porridge or gruel quite common in Asian countries. This tasty Filipino fare is easy to eat and mouthwatering too, so both little kids and even older people can enjoy giving it a try.
The dish is a ginger-based broth, mixed with a soupy rice until it becomes a delicious, easy-to-digest bowl meal. Many ingredients are added to the mix to further improve the flavor of the dish: chicken pieces, a hard boiled egg, chopped spring onions, fried garlic bits, and finally some calamansi extract to give it a slight tinge of sourness. Sometimes pieces of meat or chicharon (pork rinds) are topped as an extra treat.
Locals enjoy this with some bread as a delicious merienda (afternoon snack), but it's also a perfect dish for people who are sick or have tummy aches, being a very light dish that can be easily eaten. A hot bowl of Arroz Caldo is also a great as a rainy day snack, warming people with every spoonful.
So if ever you visit the sunny island archipelago, look around for a traditional restaurant and order yourself a yummy bowl of this rice-based stock.