Hearty Food to Keep You Warm This Rainy Season
Cuddle weather is here, and to help overcome the chill, there are delicious Filipino foods that are perfect for the rainy days—and we’re not talking about soup, either. Here are some foods for rainy season that will certainly keep you warm when the temperature starts to drop.
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Best Pinoy Foods for Rainy Season
Lugaw, or rice porridge, is a savory type meal seasoned with salt and pepper. Add in boiled egg, some pork and tofu, and you’re all set!
What would make a better cold weather–beater than hot foods, right? So on our list of foods for rainy season is another warm treat. A second type of rice porridge, champorado makes your dreams come true. It is flavored with traditional Filipino cocoa (tablea) and tastes practically like dessert. If you like it sweet, add sugar or a bit of condensed milk to the porridge; but if you want an authentic Pinoy treat, pair it up with some tuyo (dried fish). Don’t forget to try our champorado recipe.
By now, you should have figured out that Pinoys love their rice. Arroz caldo is a lot like lugaw, but with chicken instead of pork. Hey, we all have preferences.
Filipinos love their halo-halo so much, they made a version of it for the rainy days. Also called binignit in the southern, Bisaya region, this concoction of banana, sago, kamote, ube (for a purple color but is optional), and rice balls in warm coconut cream soup. Tastes heavenly!
Instant Chicken Noodle Soup
Filipinos are to instant noodle soup as American college kids are to instant ramen. If it’s cold and you’re pressed for time, toss noodles in a pot of boiling water. Add some eggs for a bit of a healthy ingredient, and you’re good to go. Great for when you’re reading in bed and not in the mood for coffee, by the way.
Condensed Milk and Crackers
If you really just want something to munch on, condensed milk and crackers make a perfectly adequate snack—and you’re not going to want to stop eating them, so you’re definitely going to get your fill.
Milk is an important part of the Filipino diet, and if you have a can of evaporated milk for the rainy season, you’re going to have a wonderful meal out of anything you can find in your fridge. Sauté onions and garlic in a pan, add in your preferred meat, add water, some macaroni, a few veggies, milk, and good dash of fish sauce, and you will have a great broth (or sopas, as we like to call it). Don’t forget the cut-up hot dogs!