Adlai Arroz Caldo

Adlai Arroz Caldo

Rainy weather? -Ber months? Sick? The Filipino favorite – Arroz Caldo with a bit of a twist – with Adlai. This whole food (minimally processed) bowl packs a punch, warms your heart and reminds you of that hug you’ve been waiting for.

Normally, this is cooked with jasmine or white rice, but for this recipe, we’ll use Adlai.


1 tablespoon avocado oil

1 big red onion, peeled and chopped

3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced

5 tablespoons fresh ginger, peeled and minced

1 tablespoon fish sauce

1 cup uncooked adlai

4 cups bone broth (we got ours at Pacific Foods)

1 cup water, add more depending on the consistency you like

salt and pepper to taste

1/2 to whole chicken, cooked, serving pieces and boneless 

For the Toppings

2 hardboiled eggs, peeled and halved

1/4 cup fried garlic bits

1/4 cup green onions, chopped

calamansi or lemon, cut into wedges

fish sauce

For the Fried Garlic Bits

1/2 cup avocado oil

1 head garlic, minced


Wash adlai using a strainer and set aside. 

Trim chicken of skin and prepare in serving pieces. 

In a pot over medium heat, heat oil. Add onions, ginger and garlic. Cook, stirring regularly, until softened and aromatic.

Add chicken and cook, stirring constantly, until lightly browned and have rendered juices. Add fish sauce and continue to cook for around 1 to 2 minutes.

Add adlai and cook, stirring regularly, for about 1 to 2 minutes or until adlai starts to color a bit. 

Add bone broth and water. Place in pressure cooker for about 45 mins to an hour, normal setting for rice cooking. Adlai takes longer cooking time than normal rice. So patience is a virtue.

Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Ladle into serving bowls. Top with boiled egg, green onions, and toasted garlic. Serve hot with calamansi and additional fish sauce on the side.

For the Fried Garlic Bits

In a small pan over low heat, heat oil. Add garlic and cook until golden and crisp. With a slotted spoon, remove toasted garlic and drain on paper towels.

This actually serves 6 full bowls or could be a lot more to share with the family and friends, if they do come over, during the rainy, cold season (which we normally get 6 months before the year ends).

Let me know if you’ve tried it by adding comments below.

We extremely loved this (especially we’ve got a stormy weather going).

Love and light,

Candy xx

Photo by me. Not a paid advertisement from the brand mentioned.

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