And just like that, the rainy season is here again. The soft steady rain was so calming this morning that getting out from under the covers and heading for work was insanely difficult. There’s something about waking up to the soft pitter-patter of raindrops on your windowpane that makes you want to stay in bed all day. What eventually got me out of bed today (besides the thought of deadlines, that is) was the thought of a hot, rainy day dish in my belly. And it got me started with this post. Today, I give you my list of my favorite noms for rainy days.
Although not inherently Pinoy, the Japanese ramen has slowly creeped its way into our hearts. The big steaming bowl of hot noodle soup flavored with soy or miso and thinly sliced pork, soft boiled egg, and seaweed is fantastic for rainy day weather (or any kind of weather, come to think of it). It doesn’t hurt that ramen places are aplenty within the city and it’s fairly easy to head to one come a cool wet day.
7. Puto Bumbong
Traditionally steamed in bamboo tubes, a freshly-cooked serving of the sticky, purple Pinoy snack that’s usually topped with butter, coconut shavings, and sugar (sometimes latik) is an excellent thing to nom during a wet afternoon. Although most widely available during the Christmas season, sgiving those of us who associate the purple stuff with happy memories to relive them in the middle of a dreary rain.
6. Arroz Caldo
Arroz caldo is as comforting as it gets. The smell of hot rice porridge topped with boiled egg, chicken bits, and fried garlic can make me get up from bed any day.
This soft, tasty rice cake is best eaten fresh out of the pugon (but I’ll take it whichever way). Like the puto bumbong, the bibingka is most widely available during the Christmas holidays but thankfully, some restaurants like Cafe Via Mare offer it all year long.
Hot chocolate porridge normally drizzled with evaporated milk and eaten with dilis (salted and dried fish), this very Pinoy breakfast is a perfect rainy day nom. This thing has chocolate and rice and we call it breakfast? Win!
Sure, this is regular fare for many but I’m sure all of you would agree that sinigang is best eaten on a cold, dreary day with an endless supply of piping hot white rice.
2. Tsokolate de Batirol
Your regular hot chocolate has nothing on our very own tsokolate de batirol. To me, the bits of chocolate, the texture, and the richness of this drink makes for a happy rainy day drink that brings back fond childhood memories.
Topping my list of favorite rainy day noms is the easiest to acquire from all those in this list- taho. Hot soft soy pudding mixed in with (lots of) arnibal and topped with sago is the best rainy day fix. You can have it for breakfast, as a snack, or even as a nightcap.
So what will you be having on this cool wet day?