Homemade Lugaw

"Been feeling under the weather, so I decided to make my grandmother's #lugaw. First #homemade meal - #2016 #comfortfood #feedfeed #eeeeeats #simple"
-- @paulinevergara

Recipe Intro From paulinevergara

Filipino congee (lugaw or arroz caldo is a popular comfort food that Filipinos seek during cold weather)

1lb ground chicken
1 cup of rice
1 head of garlic, minced 
1 small onion, chopped
2 Tablespoon of ginger, sliced
Half a cup of Filipino fish sauce
12 cups water
Salt and pepper to taste
Lemon, sliced
Hard cooked eggs
Scallions, sliced

Fry the garlic until golden brown and set aside along with other condiments.

In a 8-10 quart pot, over medium heat, add the oil you used to fry the garlic in. Sauté the ginger, chopped onions, and ground chicken until chicken is almost cooked. Add the rice and cook for about 2-3 minutes.

Add a 1/4 cup of fish sauce and salt and pepper to taste. Cook for about 2 min.

Add the water to the pot. Cook on high until it boils. Add the last 1/4 cup of fish sauce. And simmer on med-low heat. Stir consistently. About 1-2 hours (until rice is broken down).

The starches in the rice will make the soup thick. Once it gets to that consistency it is ready to serve.

Note: I love to add fried garlic, scallions, more fish sauce, a squeeze of lemon and a hard cooked egg in my bowl. This dish is called Lugaw or Arroz Caldo. It is a common Filipino rice soup (congee, porridge). My grandmother (who taught me how to whip this up) used to make this for us when we were feeling under the weather. It is also commonly eaten for breakfast in the Philippines. But I prefer to eat it anytime of the day.