We Filipinos love to eat, don’t we? Especially during rainy season when we can hide under blankets with a warm bowl of our favorite comfort food. Here we’ve listed the top Filipino comfort food for the rainy days!
1. Instant noodles
Who can resist a lazy bowl of chicken or beef-flavored noodles on a cold weather? Granted, it isn’t the healthiest, but you can always add vegetables such as diced carrots. Moreover, today we have more options than before aside from the usual Maggie or Nissin.
A lot of convenience stores now sell Japanese or Korean noodles which adds variety, such as spicy kimchi and tom yang, to name a few.
Sopas is made of macaroni pasta, meat (usually shredded chicken, sliced hot dog or bits of pork) and vegetables in a creamy base. It’s easy to make and it definitely keeps us warm and full!
P.S. I say the creamier the sopas is, the better. Do you agree?
The great thing about goto is that it’s simple. You can prepare it yourself or you can just walk to the nearest gotohan stall outside. It’s not uncommon for neighborhoods to have at least one gotohan. If not, it’s always easy to order online.
The best gotos are topped with egg, chicharon and strips of meat. Order tokwa’t baboy and lumpiang shanghai on the side and you’re good to go.
This is a personal favorite of mine. This thick, chocolate-flavored porridge topped with evaporated or powdered milk is so good that I’m happy to gobble it up all year-round but especially when I need a rainy day comfort food! It’s perfect with tuyo as well, whether regular or the gourmet kind.
If you’re looking for a little variety, there are now different flavors for champorado including ube.
5. Batangas lomi
This Batangas dish is a favorite everywhere in the country. Thick noodles served in a flavorful thickened broth, often topped with chicharong bulaklak and liver.
If you’re staying in Batangas, you may also find other variants such as seafood lomi.
Bulalao is another Filipino comfort food perfect for rainy days. The beef-flavored broth does a great job of warming up our insides and there’s an added joy of slurping the meat out of the bone marrow.
It’s no wonder it’s a staple in Tagaytay, which enjoys a cool weather all year round. That saying, there are also various restaurants in Manila specializing in bulalo.
Filipinos have different tastes, but I haven’t met anyone yet who doesn’t like sinigang. Personally, I prefer buto-buto rather than thick cuts as there’s more flavor, with lots of vegetables such as gabi (taro corms), labanos (white radish) and kangkong (water spinach) thrown in.
Just the thought of the sour broth makes my mouth water!
Sinigang is perfect on its own, but of course we Filipinos need to have it with rice. Yes, extra rice please!
8. Dinuguan and puto
Not everyone is a fan of dinuguan, but this hearty blood stew paired with puto remains a great rainy day snack.
9. Ginataang bilo-bilo
Some would say that ginataang bilo-bilo is the “warm” version of the classic halo-halo dessert and it actually makes sense. Ginataang bilo-bilo is made of fruits such as saba, jackfruit, sweet potatoes and taro, as well as rice balls, served in a thick coconut milk base.
Often served as a merienda, it’s hard to say no to a delicious bowl of ginataang bilo-bilo when it’s raining outside!
10. Coffee and pandesal
Finally, sometimes something as simple as a hot coffee and pandesal combo is enough to warm up our tummies! Freshly baked pandesal are the best, but a day old will also do. Dunk it in the coffee and enjoy the moist caffeine-flavored bread in your mouth.
If you’re not a coffee person, hot chocolate will also do.
What’s your favorite Filipino comfort food during rainy season? Did we miss anything in this list? Let us know in the comments below!
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Katherine Cortes is a 30-something freelance writer/editor. She likes beaches, snorkeling trips, and relaxing staycations (preferably with bath tubs!).