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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Mr. Arroz Caldo: More Filipino Street Food for S.F.

Posted By on Tue, Jul 27, 2010 at 3:50 PM

click to enlarge Arroz caldo: Filipino comfort porridge. - MR. ARROZ CALDO/TWITTER
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  • Arroz caldo: Filipino comfort porridge.
Arroz caldo: Filipino comfort food, rice porridge akin to congee.

Mr. Arroz Caldo: Aspiring street-food vendor planning to debut this Sunday at Adobo Hobo's anniversary hawk-athon with the Gumbo Cart, at a San Francisco location yet to be disclosed Precita Park.

In fact, Mr. Arroz Caldo is 30-year-old Chris Custodio, cousin of Adobo Hobo's Jason Rotairo. Recently laid off from his delivery job, Custodio says he was hanging out with Rotairo and his partner, Ed Chui, over a pot of arroz caldo. "Ed was really impressed with it," recalls Custodio. "He said, 'You should sell this.'"

Credit Custodio's dad ― his roots are in Rizal province, not far from Manila ― for the recipe: Ginger and garlic, chicken thighs, patis (fish sauce), and saffron, simmered with sweet rice. As garnish, boiled quail eggs and green onions. Price: $6 a bowl, probably.

Custodio says, growing up, arroz caldo was comfort food when he sick, the dish aunts and uncles often requested his dad make for them. For Custodio, who splits his time between the East Bay and his girlfriend's place in San Francisco, rice porridge just makes sense. "It's cold over there," he says.

Debuting Sun., August 1:

Mr. Arroz Caldo: Preicta Park; check Twitter for more details.

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