Rainy season in the country officially started last June 14 as declared by the state’s weather bureau PAGASA. During these wet, cold days, a bowl of deliciously-cooked hot meal is a welcome treat for every Juan and Maria out there. Yes, the rainy season can also mean a food trip, right?!
Get ready to warm your tummy while enjoying these ‘delectables’ amidst the pouring rain. Here’s 5 Pinoy comfort foods rounded up by Locale to make your cuddle weather more enjoyable.
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A hearty, comforting dish that is reminiscent of home, sopas is a creamy, milky soup laden with chicken bits, macaroni or shell pasta, milk and vegetables. Always a good morning or afternoon snack that can make one warm and full.
Our favorite sopas place: Ilustrado Restaurant in Intramuros.
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Also called beef shank soup, bulalo is one of Pinoy’s well-loved comfort food. Cold weather or not, sipping the soup alone of this Southern Luzon dish equates to a comforting moment.
Hottest and tastiest bulalo can be found in:
Amacena Restaurant in One Tagaytay Place Hotel, 445 Tagaytay-Calamba Road, Sungay West, Tagaytay City.
Bakahan at Manukan, Corner Gil Puyat Avenue and Roxas Boulevard, Manila.
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Looking for something warm, sweet and chocolatey? Then, the answer is the good ol’ classic champorado. Made from sticky rice and cocoa, this chocolate rice porridge is traditionally served during breakfast with a side dish of fried salted fish or hot pandesal, drizzled with milk as a final touch.
Best champorado in town goes to:
Ombu Kusina, G/F Sequoia Hotel, Mother Ignacia corner Timog Avenue, South Triangle, QC.
4. Arroz Caldo
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Literally means “warm rice”, arroz caldo is a Filipino lugaw or congee made with chicken and rice, generously seasoned with ginger, onion and fish sauce, finally topped with hard boiled eggs, scallions and toasted garlic. What a complicated dish, but it tastes simply great! Best paired with freshly fried tokwa’t baboy.
5. Tinolang Manok
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Tinolang manok is an invigorating chicken soup served as an appetizer, but sometimes a main dish. Confusing, isn’t it? A soothing meal for the cold weather and an all-time Pinoy favorite meal, it is often served to people who are down with fever or flu. A real picker-upper, tinola is a light, refreshing broth packed with nutrients, especially if a good amount of moringa or malunggay leaves are added for taste.
Aside from snug cardigans and jackets, how else do we fight the cold this rainy season? We eat, that’s how! Order your favorite dish this rainy season. Share your journey with us and enjoy each spoonful!
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