Despite being an insanely hot country, the Philippines cannot get enough of their bubbling hot dishes. From saucy stews like kare-kare to bowls of sinigang or tinola, Filipinos find comfort in the warm and the soupy. Enter a Filipino classic that has its roots in both the Spanish and Chinese influences that have permeated the country for centuries: lugaw. The Spanish name, arroz caldo, literally translated to “hot rice”, is usually a version of lugaw with shredded chicken. Goto often comes with toppings like intestines or tripe, depending on where you get them.
This bowl of chicken broth, rice, and a dash of acid in the form of calamansi, is the perfect breakfast, lunch, dinner, or midnight snack. I decided to check out some of the many lugaw or goto places scattered around Manila.
Is there a difference between the insanely priced arroz caldo in a 5-star hotel and the simple bowl you get on the side of the street? Watch my new video to find out!
Lugawan Sa Tejeros, 1066 Chino Roces Ave, Bgy Tejeros, Makati City: They offer both lugaw and goto that you can top with either egg, lechon kawali, or both!
Goto Monster cor., Pablo Ocampo Sr. Ext, La Paz, Makati City: get their lugaw plain (P55) or with a variety of toppings such as pork bagnet, “chickharon”, chicken adobo, or shiitake mushrooms. They also offer goto with beef tripe, each bowl just for P95.
Dading’s, 539 San Joaquin Street, Mandaluyong City: one of the cheapest options you can get with each bowl of lugaw for only P10, while goto costs P25.
Whistle Stop, 28 Jupiter St. cor. Astra St., Makati City: they offer goto arroz caldo and chicken arroz caldo for P110 and P140 respectively.
The Manila Peninsula Lobby, corner of Ayala and Makati Avenue, 1226, Makati City: the most expensive bowl of arroz caldo on the list costs P690 and comes with free-range Pamora chicken.
Goto Believe, 630 San Rafael St, Mandaluyong, 1550 Metro Manila: goto or lugaw can be topped with anything from eggs cooked your way, cream dory, pork belly, chicken feet, and other various chicken intestines. Each bowl of lugaw starts at P30 while each bowl of goto starts at P55.
Where are your favorite lugaw places?? Leave them in the comments below!