10 hot Pinoy dishes perfect for the rainy weather

10 hot Pinoy dishes perfect for the rainy weather

The rainy season in the Philippines is already at its peak and despite moving the school calendar to this month, it cannot be avoided that students and workers alike get stranded or stuck in their homes because of the increment weather. 

Not only does the rainy season make us bring out our jackets and umbrellas, it also makes us crave for something hot since the weather becomes cooler than usual. 

With that in mind, here is a list of hot Filipino food that will warm up not just your belly, but your heart as well! 

1. Sinigang

This versatile dish is known for its sour (maasim) soup, and can have meat, fish or shrimp as its main component.  To make the sour soup, one can use any of these ingredients: tamarind, kamiasmiso, guava or calamansi (a local citrus fruit).  One can also add in vegetables to make it tastier, such as beans, tomatoes, onions and water spinach (kangkong). Because of its sour taste, children are not fond of the dish but once they grow older, it is likely that they will. This is a Pinoy classic that we love to cook and eat whenever the rainy season hits.

10 hot Pinoy dishes perfect for the rainy weather

A Pinoy classic: sinigang na baboy.

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2. Nilaga

Compared to sinigang, nilaga is a simpler dish. It does not have a sour soup but rather has a plain and salty one. Oneo of its similarities to sinigang is that it can have meat or fish as its main component. The dish is basically just the meat or fish boiled until completely tender and seasoned with salt and pepper. Vegetables can be added for more flavor and it is highly recommended or else the dish will taste bland.

10 hot Pinoy dishes perfect for the rainy weather

The most famous iteration of nilaga: nilagang baka (which is beef stew in English).

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3. Tinola

If  sinigang and nilaga are similar in what they use as its main component and different because of how their soup tastes like, tinola is in the same vein as the two previous dishes are. Instead of having meat or fish, tinola has chicken as its main ingredient. However, its soup is similarly prepared like that of nilaga although what sets it (a bit) apart is the vegetables that you put into it - chayote (sayote), young papaya (which should be light green in color), moringa (malunggay) or chili pepper leaves (sili).

10 hot Pinoy dishes perfect for the rainy weather

Tinolang manok is one of the author's favorite dishes.

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4. Bulalo

Although it may look like nilagang baka, the difference between the two is that it uses the beef's shanks still with bone marrow inside to make the soup. It is expected that the collagen and fat from the beef melt into its broth, which gives its distinct flavor. Like the rest of the dishes mentioned, vegetables are added to make it more flavorful, such as Chinese cabbage (pechay) and corn.

10 hot Pinoy dishes perfect for the rainy weather

The best bulalo comes from Southern Luzon, particularly in Tagaytay and Batangas.

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5. Chicken Sopas

This is a creamy or milky macaroni soup with chicken bits, vegetables and a bit of meat thrown into the mix. The chicken bits are composed of shredded chicken meat, chicken liver or a combination of both. The vegetables usually added to the soup are carrots and cabbage, while hot dogs have been a popular choice to top off the melange. This dish is usually served during breakfast or as an afternoon snack.

10 hot Pinoy dishes perfect for the rainy weather

One of the Pinoy's favorite hot snacks: chicken sopas.

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6. Rice Porridge

There are variations on this entry but the next item on the list is a bit of an exception. There are three types of rice porridge every Pinoy should know: a) lugaw, which is its plain version (with only shredded spring onions and garlic on top) and its Filipino term; b) arroz caldo, which has chicken and a boiled egg and its Spanish term; and c) goto, which has lengua, or an ox's tongue on it.

10 hot Pinoy dishes perfect for the rainy weather

Exhibit A: Lugaw

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10 hot Pinoy dishes perfect for the rainy weather

Exhibit B: Arroz Caldo

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10 hot Pinoy dishes perfect for the rainy weather

Exhibit C: Goto

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7. Champorado

This is the sweet version of the rice porridge, which is made up of glutinous rice (malagkit na kanin) and cocoa powder. The mixture is usually topped off with evaporated milk to make it sweeter. This is one of the unique offerings of our cuisine and it is well-loved by many.

10 hot Pinoy dishes perfect for the rainy weather

A stylized version of the champorado, since it does not usually come garnished with leaves.

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8. Mami

Although this noodle dish originated from China, it has completely become a Pinoy staple that you can eat it anywhere. Almost all eateries have this on their menu and there are peddlers who sell this along with other easy-to-eat Chinese food like siomai or siopao. The most common version is the beef mami, which is also available in packed form.

10 hot Pinoy dishes perfect for the rainy weather

Chicken mami is a less popular (but still delicious) option compared to beef mami.

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9. Batchoy

This noodle dish is completely Pinoy and originated in La Paz, Iloilo. Its place of origin has also led to its other name La Paz Batchoy.  This dish is a mishmash of various meat - pork organs, crushed pork cracklings, beef loin and chicken stock - and noodles that makes it another unique Filipino dish.

10 hot Pinoy dishes perfect for the rainy weather

This noodle dish is loaded with protein due to its various meat content.

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10. Molo

This is another Ilonggo creation named after its place of origin. It is similar to Chinese wonton soup although there is a slight difference in the ingredients and flavors used. Molo, or Pancit Molo as it is sometimes called despite not using or having pancit in the dish, has been tweaked to suit the Filipino palate.

10 hot Pinoy dishes perfect for the rainy weather

The Pinoy's take on Chinese wonton noodles: (pancit) molo.

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Now that you have browsed through this list, do you feel hungry now? Try any one of these suggestions or let us know what we have missed.

And if you do eat something hot, eat with precaution.

10 hot Pinoy dishes perfect for the rainy weather

Eating hot food can blow you away.

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As always, let us know what you think in the comments!-Kami Media

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