Rainy season, it is, here in the Philippines. Most of us want to indulge the “bed weather” as what they call it not just by sipping a hot coffee but also by eating something that will make us feel warm. That’s why I have here a list of good foods that for me are the best foods to be served on a cold weather.
A sour soup dish cooked by boiling meat or seafood and adding a sour base such as tamarind; other variant bases vary per region. The most commonly used souring agent is tamarind. You can also try other Sinigang recipes like Pork Sinigang, Sinigang na Bangus, Sinigang na Baka and Sinigang na Hipon.
Arroz Caldo also known as Warm Rice is a type of rice porridge that resembles the risotto. This can be eaten as breakfast or as a mid-afternoon snack. The use of chicken makes Arroz Caldo different from other rice porridges. Safflower (wild saffron), toasted garlic, and scallions are added to enhance the flavor, color, and aroma. Arroz Caldo is really perfect for a chilly morning!
Nilagang Baka or “Boiled Beef Soup” is probably the easiest and simplest Filipino Soup to make. In our house, Nilagang Baka is always present on our meal table every Sunday and my father would usually add corn in it. Nilagang Baka is my favorite.
It is a type of beef stew that resembles the “Nilaga”. This stew has a unique mild sweet and sour flavor. Plantain bananas are used to provide a gentle touch of sweetness. Another important ingredient, the tomato sauce, gives color to this dish; it is also responsible in giving this dish the mild sour taste. Haven’t tried this one but I think it really tastes good especially when served with hot rice.
A tender beef shank soup with marrows intact. This is one of the most popular Filipino dishes; it is often consumed during the cold days. One serving of bulalo will definitely make you feel warm. Try it!
Tinola is a ginger and onion based soup that uses chicken as the core ingredient. This is an authentic Filipino main dish that is best complimented with green papaya wedges (an alternative is chayote) and chili pepper leaves. You can also try Tinolang Isda.
A type of rice porridge or congee that uses ox tripe as one of the major ingredients. This can be considered either as a breakfast food or a heavy snack. Usually served hot.
Beef Mami is a type of Beef Noodle soup that is of Chinese origin. This is basically composed of tender beef brisket and egg noodles in hot beef stock. Beef Mami can be served as an afternoon snack or a main course as well.
It is a sweet chocolate rice porridge that uses sweet glutinous rice (locally known as malagkit) and cocoa powder. A more traditional approach is the use of tableya (pure cocoa blocks) as a replacement for cocoa powder. This porridge can be served hot or cold and is mostly eaten during breakfast. I remember eating Champorado mixed with milk and a dried fish. Try it! It tastes good.
Molo Soup or or Pancit Molo is a soup dish that contains a mixture of ground pork wrapped in wonton wrapper, shredded chicken meat, and shrimps. This is a perfect tasty soup to have during a rainy day.
So what are you waiting for? Enjoy the cold weather with these mouthwatering foods!
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Dianne Elisa Monte Manalastas
LEYTE NORMAL UNIVERSITY