POSPAS: ‘under the weather’ comfort food


What’s your favorite comfort food when you’re feeling under the weather?

I’ve been feeling a bit under the weather these past two days. Today was worse: sore throat, cough and colds and just blah. I couldn’t help but be nostalgic about those times when my brothers and I would get sick when we were younger. Mama would always fix us a pot of “pospas” or chicken and rice porridge. In Cebu, it’s known as POSPAS. It’s congee for the chinese. But however you want to call it, it’s the same really thick and soothing comfort food that I always had when I got sick. It’s made of chicken, rice, ginger, garlic all stirred together until they are this thick gooey consistency. It’s on top of my food memories to last me a lifetime.

I just had to have it today!

Since my mom is on the other side of the world, I guess I’ll just have to fix myself a bowl of that pospas goodness.

Let me share with you my recipe.

Here’s what you’ll need:

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 6 – 8  thick slices of ginger
  • 4 cloves of garlic finely minced
  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 3-4 chicken slices/parts (wings or drumstick work well as they have bones which will make the broth really rich with flavor)
  • 1/2 cup of rice
  • 4 cups of chicken broth or 4 cups water and 2 chicken cubes
  • 3-4 tablespoons of fish sauce (Rufina Patis would be good if you can find it in the Asian stores)
  • 3 stalks of green onion finely chopped
  • 2 hard-boiled eggs
Preparation:
  1. Wash the rice 3-4 times and soak in water for about an hour or so. I add a little oil on the soaked rice. Set aside.
2. In a heavy casserole, pour in the olive oil and saute the finely chopped onions in medium heat. Add just a little bit of salt to let the onions sweat to draw out the moisture from the onions.
3. When the onions start turning translucent, stir in the ginger and wait til you smell the pungent smell of the sauteed ginger.
4. Add the garlic and saute for 2-3 minutes.
5. Add the chicken and season with 2-3 tablespoons of fish sauce. Saute for 3-4 minutes. (by this time, the smell will be really pungent).
6. Add the rice (drain the water) and saute for 2 minutes. Add about 3-4 cups of chicken broth.  If you don’t have chicken broth, just add 4 cups of water and 2 chicken cubes. Boil in low heat for 20 minutes. Stir occasionally to prevent from sticking.
7. Season with salt and pepper. You may add more water if it calls for it. You want to have this consistency.
8. Simmer until the rice is well-cooked or has a thick consistency. Add in the green onions (set aside a few for garnish).
9. Serve hot and garnish with fried garlic, chopped green onions, hard-boiled eggs and kalamansi or lime. You ay season with soy sauce if desired.
Enjoy!
Feel better 🙂
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2 thoughts on “POSPAS: ‘under the weather’ comfort food

    • Thanks, Haze! I know every Cebuano can definitely relate to POSPAS as our comfort food when we’re feeling a bit under the weather. Good to hear from you!

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