Arroz Caldo

Prep Time
Cook Time
1h 10m
Ready In

"This is the Filipino equivalent of congee, and is what every mother makes for her children when they are sick. The gingery broth and the silky rice is soothing and delicious! From Kawaling Pinoy."

Original recipe yields 6 servings
  • Fish sauce, if desired, and in an amount of personal preference
  • For the Fried Garlic Bits


  • Serving Size: 1 (587.2 g)
  • Calories 605.3
  • Total Fat - 29.1 g
  • Saturated Fat - 5.3 g
  • Cholesterol - 683.5 mg
  • Sodium - 538.9 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 35.9 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 0.9 g
  • Sugars - 1.2 g
  • Protein - 46.8 g
  • Calcium - 74.1 mg
  • Iron - 6.9 mg
  • Vitamin C - 14.2 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.1 mg

Step 1

Trim chicken of unwanted fat, rinse and drain well.

Step 2

In a pot over medium heat, heat oil. Add onions, ginger and garlic. Cook, stirring regularly, until limp and aromatic.

Step 3

Add chicken and cook, stirring constantly, until lightly browned and have rendered juices.

Step 4

Add fish sauce and continue to cook for around 1 to 2 minutes.

Step 5

Add rice and cook, stirring regularly, until rice starts to lightly brown. Add water and bring to a boil, skimming scum that floats to surface.

Step 6

Add bouillon cubes and stir to dissolve. Lower heat, cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the rice has softened and the congee has thickened to desired consistency. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Step 7

Ladle into bowls. Top with hard-boiled egg, cut side up - and garnish with green onions and fried garlic bits. Serve hot with calamansi and additional fish sauce on the side.

For the Fried Garlic Bits

Step 8

In a small pan over low heat, heat oil. Add garlic and cook until golden and crisp. With a slotted spoon, remove toasted garlic and drain on paper towels.

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.



This soup has a completely different taste from anything we've had before. Probably due to the ginger and fish sauce. I was tempted to use just chicken broth instead of the bouillon but the bouillon really added to the flavor. Very yummy.

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(17 Jul 2016)