Arroz caldo, a bowl of comforting rice porridge seasoned with plenty of ginger and garlic, has countless variations throughout the Philippines. The porridge can have a variety of toppings, such as hard- or soft-boiled eggs, crispy tofu, crispy garlic bits or crispy shallots, lime, lemon, nutritional yeast and so much more. For a change of pace, you can swap cubed smoked tofu for the chicken. Quinoa, wild rice, cauliflower rice and other grains can also be substituted for the jasmine rice. Feel free to increase the amounts of garlic and fish sauce for an even more flavorful porridge. Serve this easy and healthy ginger-garlic rice porridge with love as my mother would always do., November 2020


Credit: Joy Howard

Recipe Summary

30 mins
45 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add onion, garlic and ginger. Cook, stirring, until starting to soften, about 3 minutes. Add chicken and cook, stirring, until opaque on all sides, about 4 minutes. Stir in rice and broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to maintain a simmer and cook, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the rice is tender and the mixture has a porridge-like consistency. Remove from heat and stir in fish sauce. Garnish with scallions and/or eggs, if desired.


Nutrition Facts

1 1/3 cups
344 calories; fat 15g; cholesterol 241mg; sodium 651mg; carbohydrates 21g; dietary fiber 1g; protein 30g; sugars 2g; niacin equivalents 12mg; saturated fat 3g; vitamin a iu 369IU.