Winters in Minnesota are long and freezing cold. It is already March but we are still deep in the snow. Because I want to be warm, I thought of making hot soup. Being a Filipina, I immediately thought of making porridge Filipino style. We actually have a few versions of this porridge in the Philippines, but since I’m a Cebuana (from Cebu), I decided to make our very own “Pospas” which consists of chicken and rice. Other names of Pospas are “Arroz Caldo” and “Lugaw”. The Chinese call it “Congee”.
Here’s the recipe.
4 Boiled eggs
2 Tbsp cooking oil (i used grapeseed)
5 cloves garlic, crushed and chopped finely
1/2 of a big onion, chopped
1 inch ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
2 cups chicken meat, cubed
6 cups water
1 cup long grain rice (you can also use brown rice)
2 stalks spring onions, chopped finely
1 teaspoon salt, more or less, if desired (i use sea salt only)
Ground pepper to taste
Boil the eggs in a pot and set aside.
Heat oil in a medium-sized pot. Saute the garlic until slightly brown.
Put in onion and ginger. Saute for a minute.
Put in the chicken and cook until it’s no longer pink.
Add the water, rice and salt. Let it boil, stirring occasionally. Simmer for 50 mins to 1 hr in low heat.
When the soup begins to thicken, put fire/heat off and add the spring onions and ground pepper.
Serve hot with sliced boiled eggs.
Most versions have it served topped with roasted garlic.
Enjoy and keep warm!😋