Lugaw is one of the most popular comfort eats in the Philippines. For the unacquainted, it is a type of rice porridge which can be eaten plain or with toppings.If you’re thinking of a quick way to fill your hunger, this recipe is a must-try. Good for 4 people, round up the fambam while you’re at it.
Preparation Time: 15 minutes | Cooking Time: 48 minutes
1 cup rice
4 to 5 cups water
½ native chicken, divided and cut into bite size pieces
2 tablespoons fish sauce
1 tablespoon ginger, shredded
1 piece star anise
2 tablespoons chives, chopped
3 tablespoons garlic, minced
Canola oil, for sautéing
1 sheet nori paper, cut into strips
1 piece century egg, quartered (optional)
1 piece salted egg, quartered
1 piece Chinese chorizo, sliced and fried
1. Sauté the garlic over low heat in oil for 8 to 10 minutes until crispy.
2. Pour water into a small stock pot and bring to a boil.
3. Pour in the rice, the native chicken, ginger, anise, and 1 tablespoon fish sauce. Simmer for 30 to 45 minutes until the texture becomes thick, stirring once in a while.
4. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon fish sauce and cook for 2 minutes more.
5. Transfer into a bowl and arrange nicely on a table the condiments for toppings: chopped chives, crispy garlic, century eggs, nori, salted egg, and Chinese chorizo. You can even opt to add more toppings like fried or steamed siomai, pork floss, pork asado, flaked smoked tinapa, etc.