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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

When you are under the weather

So for the past couple of days I have been dealing with a sick Daughter.  She had no energy or appetite.  After a day of not really eating, I was trying to figure out what to feed her.  I thought back when I used to be sick as a child what The Mother would feed me.  The first thing I thought of arroz caldo and salabat.  The one problem we have is that The Daughter is allergic to chicken so instead I used rib eye steak.  Yes steak.  I made a whole pot and by the next day, it was all gone.  The Daughter loved it and she enjoyed the salabat.  Food was always better medicine than some prescription drugs.  To cure the common cold, I also turn to arroz caldo, pho, or even the basic chicken noodle soup always made me feel better.  I don’t know about you but salabat was always my cure for a sore throat.  After a day, The Daughter was running around and terrorizing the house. 

Arroz de Rib eye (ok I had no idea what to call it if there is a name)

1 lb. of Thinly Cut Rib Eye Cubed

2 Cups of Glutinous Rice

6 Cups of Water

1 Clove of Garlic Minced

2 Tsp. of Thinly Sliced Ginger

Salt and Pepper to taste


  1. In a medium size stock pot, start to sauté the garlic.
  2. Season the meat with the salt and pepper.
  3. Add the the meat to the stock pot and cook until it browns. 
  4. When the meat is cooked, add the rice and sauté that. 
  5. Add the water and ginger.
  6. Bring to a boil and let it cook for 15-20 minutes until the rice is cooked. 
  7. Serve




2 Tbs. of Ginger (Thinly sliced and skin removed)

Water (Depending on how much you want to make)

1/4 – 1/2 Cup of Brown Sugar (I like it on the sweeter side)


  1. Put the water and ginger either in tea pot or a sauce pot.
  2. Bring to a boil.
  3. Once it starts to boil, add the sugar. 
  4. Serve Hot

*The ginger is such a strong flavor that I am able to continue to add water for a good week and the tea is still as strong.  You might have to add a little more sugar or ginger. 


It is pretty brown because of the brown sugar



  1. i've no idea what this tastes like, but you have to make some and bring it to me. I'll even pretend I'm sick.

  2. I like ginger drink..great for the cold days!
    Ribrye and rice are nice together too.

  3. I make a strong broth of garlic, ginger and chiles when I feel a sickness coming on - and it stops it dead in its tracks! This is magical - and delicious! Glad she's feeling better!

  4. Sorry she's not feeling well, but sure this is hearty, heal everything stock!

  5. Good to know that your daughter is well now. I make ginger tea too when I have sore throat, very effective but I can't make my kids drink it, good thing your daughter is okay with it.. and now she's better, thanks to your TLC :)

    Your version of tinola sounds really delicious!

  6. This does sound like a wonderful comforting dish, I hope it made your daughter feel better, or at least get some food down. My mom would make me things like dumpling soup when I was sick. Or sometimes just some good ol' ichiban instant ramen!

  7. I finally started to appreciate salabat. Of course when I was younger, I called it "old people's tea" - - - I have come of age, LOL.

    Thanks for sharing this duo of Filipino cold season remedies.

  8. I'm not going to wait to catch cold, I'm going to try this now. Perfect for the wintery weather!

    p.s. hope your little one has shaken off her cold by now

  9. So sorry that your daughter got sick! I know how it is to take care of a sick child.... then you get sick, too... :( I actually have a cold right now and I think this would help me, too! :)

  10. Love soup when I am sick so comforting and healing. The Salabat sounds delicious. I love anything with ginger so will definitely be trying it if under the weather. Hope the little one is still feeling good.

  11. It looks delicious and I think I would prefer this one with steak to the one with chicken!

  12. I've never cooked with ginger (other than powder) it's nice to see a recipe like this. Thanks for sharing!

  13. Mother knows best! Sounds like a great recipe!

  14. Salabat is also our choice when we get the winter bug. The arroz caldo sounds delicious!

  15. great combination! i'm already feeling better, and i'm not even sick!