This guest post is by Dainty Mom reader, Ann Perez.
Now that the rainy season is upon us, we’d prefer to stay at home. When weather outside is wet and nasty, the best way to stay warm is to fill your yummy with some good old, hot comfort foods. In this article, we are bundling up the top five delicious dishes to dig in to, especially during the rainy days.
Rice porridge, congee, arroz caldo (hot rice)—whatever name you call it—tops our list as it can be taken at breakfast, lunch, snack and even until dinner. It is perfect for days when you feel cold and feverish, and those lazy days because it’s easy to prepare. What you need are basically the following: chicken thighs or fish fillet, sticky rice, chicken stock, ginger, garlic, onion, fish sauces, salt and pepper. It’s a mild, easily digestible dish, but one that can nourish you through the senses.
2. Chicken soup or sopas
Simmered with ingredients such as the shredded chicken meat, pasta (macaroni), some chopped vegetables such as carrots, onions and celery, the chicken soup is best for warming you up on a cold day. The creaminess and tastiness of chicken soup is more improved when you add sausages, garlic and sesame oil. This soup never fails to restore strength and make me feel lighter.
When chocolate is cooked with rice, you now have a dish called champorado, which is a type of porridge made from glutinous rice and cocoa powder. It’s a really great rainy day treat and might become one of your favorites! Top it off with whole or powdered milk and serve with fried dried salty fish to complement the sweetness. It’s a magic combination!
4. Beef noodle soup
Popularly served in Chinese restaurants, a bowl of beef noodle soup is a yummy goodness that will make you feel like you have just experienced heaven in your mouth. It is concocted with these basic ingredients: noodles, simple broth of beef or hot beef stock, egg noodles and small cubes of beef brisket. For more flavor, I like to put on a generous amount of milk, a tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce, a can of cream of mushroom soup, and chopped onions.
Nothing beats the comfort of snuggling indoors while eating a steaming bowl of sinigang! Whether it’s blended with shrimps, milkfish, tilapia, beef or braised pork, this simmered soup is a great contrast to the cold weather. For those who are not familiar with this dish, sinigang is mouth-watering sour soup raised to perfection by tamarind, the main souring agent. Served with green leafy vegetables such as long string beans, pechay, bok choy, kangkong, okra, it’s one of the most popular dishes in the Philippines, especially during the rainy season.
Even with the downpour and thunder showers of late, you can still afford to indulge in life’s simplest pleasure: eating! Serve up these belly-warming foods to your family!
About the author: Ann Joy Perez is an alumna from Arellano University Philippines, and a former Marketing Assistant. She loves playing basketball, video games, and watching news TV and films. She also loves to eat. Follow her interests on Tumblr.