Thursday, August 09, 2007

Comfort Food: Arroz Caldo & Tokwa't Tokwa

To me this is the epitome of comfort food: Arroz Caldo (chicken porridge), and Tokwa't Tokwa (tofu fried til crisp, topped with onions and served with a sauce of sweet soy, a little vinegar & sugar, and minced onions) Traditionally this would have been Tokwa't Baboy (tofu & pork in a lighter version of the sauce) but we're trying to limit pork consumption in this house...yeah right, see my last post hahaha! Coming home on a stormy night, nothing warms the soul like this pair right here. As a special treat, my sister Sarah had the dishes well underway when I arrived at 6pm. Dinner was ready at 6:30. My sister is a relative novice in the kitchen, but she's coming along fine. The steaming bowl of arroz caldo was really good, with just the right amount of ginger. I went wild with the traditional toppings: garlic chips and spring onions. And a few drops of kalamansi juice, and it was perfect. Oooh not quite: Papa & I, had to have siling labuyo (spur chili). I considered tossing on a few saffron strands but dismissed the thought because I was already hungry.

Fried tofu can go soggy, or tough (parang gomang tsinelas) if not done properly. Sarah managed to get it just perfectly crunchy, and the sauce she made was balanced just right. Way to go, Sarah! :-)

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Anonymous kaoko said...

How positively extravagant! Saffron with Tokwa't Baboy! Parang mas mahal pa ata yung saffron kesa sa baboy, hehehe.

I fear your kitchen. It'll only reveal how much I DON'T KNOW about cooking, hahaha!

9:59 PM  
Blogger JB said...

The saffron goes into the arroz caldo. Sounds expensive, saffron, but when you call it by its local name, kasubha, parang mura na lang hehe. Kahit sa palengke meron.

Naku imagine me in school...there's so much I don't know! Minsan parang mas may alam pa sa'kin yung kitchen assistants hahaha!

5:12 PM  
Anonymous kaoko said...

Dood! You mean saffron and kasubha are the same thing? I mean, I always noticed the resemblance pero akala ko poorer relation s'ya.

Grabe, today's lesson is quite shocking for me, no kidding.

1:30 AM  
Blogger JB said...

Yes, it's a much poorer relation. I don't know if it's just a poorer grade of saffron or if it's from a different plant altogether. But it's the substitute we (for the most part) gotta live with hehe.

Of course for arroz caldo like your grandma used to make then kasubha isn't a substitute, it's what they actually did use so it's the real thing! ;-)

8:55 AM  

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