Warm Pinoy Dishes for a Rainy Day

The Philippines has always been known to be a tropical country, but that all changes when June rolls in. When it rains in this collection of the island, it really pours. Beads of sweats and infuriating heat are quickly replaced by soaked shoes and a chilling cold. It's definitely the right time to grab your sweaters, rain boots, scarves, and umbrellas.
The heavy rain and nippy atmosphere may make you feel a lot hungrier than usual, so we’ve got some tasty Philippine dishes that will warm you to the core while filling your stomach:
Arroz Caldo
Arroz caldo is basically the local version of grain porridge or congee. Rice and bite-sized chicken strips are boiled in a broth mixed with ginger until it reaches a slightly viscous consistency. Chopped green onions can be sprinkled on top afterward.
Another porridge-like dish, Champorado is a rice soup mixed with cocoa powder and sugar for a delicious bowl Filipino kids can’t get enough of. It is often served with evaporated milk. Interestingly enough, the locals say its the perfect partner for Tuyo, a small fish that’s salted and dried up.
This warm dish is a soup with fresh egg noodles, chicken, pork liver, shallots, cabbage, sliced fish balls, chives, and shrimps mixed in. A pint of cornstarch is usually added to the soup to make it thicker, giving it the consistency to really fill up your tummy if you’re hungry.
Beef shanks and bone marrow are the main components of Bulalo. They are boiled with the soup until the flavors melt into one another harmoniously. Well-known to originate in Tagaytay, people from Metro Manila will often drive to Bulalo houses and restaurants there just to get a taste of the authentic flavor.
Ginataang Halo-Halo
Ginataang Halo-Halo is an old-time Filipino favorite, known locally as 'Binignit'. It is created with the use of coconut milk, glutinous rice balls, tapioca pearls, taro, sweet potato, and pandan. These ingredients are very Filipino in nature and thus this dish is often pointed out with Pinoy pride.
When a rainy day has got you feeling a bit down, filling your belly with a tasty treat can really lighten the mood. If you think these dishes are tasty by description, wait till you actually take a bite of them! Grab a few recipes online and cook solo or with a friend to enjoy a hot, smile-inducing Filipino meal.