The Arroz Caldo is the most heartwarming, cuddly soup I’ve known all my life. I have always fed my children with this soup. Arroz Caldo (say ‘ar-roz kal-doh’) is the Filipino rice porridge best known for its healing curative qualities, no matter what the weather is like. Traditionally, it is cooked with boiled chicken. This time, I made Arroz Caldo with leftover roast turkey.
If you like to boil the turkey carcass the day after Thanksgiving then this is a good soup meal for you. Some folks like to throw in leftover vegetables and pasta to make leftover turkey soup. I like to transform our leftover turkey into a rich Arroz Caldo or the Filipino rice porridge.
If you’ve never had Arroz Caldo, you’re in for a treat. This savory broth hits the spot with the fragrance of ginger, the hearty filling of turkey chunks, the rich contrast of soft rice grains, the crunch of crisp garlic bits and scallions…and at the end a hint of lemon added.
Nothing else in the world is as soothing, as calming and healing as a rich bowl of rice porridge with turkey chunks . It is simply an easy, superb soup. Just like a warm hug to lift your spirits any day.
Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!