What is it about these Pinoy dishes that make them taste so much better when we’re eating them during a downpour?
Perhaps it’s the way they warm our tummy, and treat our tastebuds, giving us the sense of comfort that we so actively seek during these trying times. Or maybe, these dishes remind us of simpler times when we were out enjoying a bowl of warm arrozcaldo or champorado with family and friends.
Whatever it is, these four Filipino favorites always hit the spot. Next time it rains (and you know it will), treat yourself to any or all of these delicious recommended stormy-weather staples.
Traditionally prepared with slices of chicken, ginger, toasted garlic, scallions, black pepper, a hard-boiled egg, and a pinch of saffron to give it its yellow color, this savory rice porridge also goes by the names lugaw (the umbrella term for rice porridges), congee (the term used in Chinese restaurants), goto (which uses ox tripe as its meat), and okayo (Japan’s take on the dish).
If you’re looking for a warm but sweet treat, why not opt for a bowl of Pinoy classic champorado? This dish is made of sticky rice with cocoa powder or tablets. Some people prefer this with a cup of unsweetened, sweetened milk.
If rice is too heavy, try noodles in a clear broth. Mami is often topped with your choice of beef or pork siomai, as well as a lomi (whose soup and noodles are thicker).
End your rainy-weather food trip on a sweet note. Before milk tea, this humble serving of silken tofu, arnibal (brown sugar syrup), and sago balls was our go-to street food snack.
What’s your favorite Filipino comfort food during rainy season? Did we miss anything in this list? Let us know in the comments below!