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This Filipino-style paella is called Bulakan Bringhe

Most Filipinos love a good paella – because really, who can say no to rice? But have you ever tried the famous Spanish dish, Filipino-style? This is what is called Bulakan Bringhe, a traditional sticky-savory rice dish hailing from Bulakan, Bulacan, which home kitchen Apo Sa Tuhod specializes in.

Apo Sa Tuhod's owner, Aina, serves a home-cooked, Filipino-style take on the Spanish meat and rice dish, inspired by the version her grandparents made in their ancestral home in Bulakan.

Her version is made with sticky rice (yes, like a suman's consistency), slow-cooked in creamy coconut milk, chicken broth, and then stewed with seasonings and spices.

It's almost like a cross-breed between paella, risotto, and kakanin, transformed into one creamy and flavorful glutinous rice dish that tastes just like a comforting, well-seasoned bowl of chicken arroz caldo.

The bright-yellow sticky rice is mixed with chunks of boiled chicken, diced vegetables (bell peppers, onions, carrots, green peas), and fresh raisins that add a welcome pop of sweetness to the otherwise savory, gingery dish. It's finished off with slices of boiled egg on top, just like a paella (the dry texture of the egg actually helps to balance the moist consistency of the rice).

Don't be fooled, though – this is actually pretty heavy on the stomach.

You can also get the Chicken Bulakan Bringhe with chorizo de bilbao slices for added meat, salt, and spice.

The chicken variant costs P425 for 700g (good for 3-4 people) and P1,600 for the 2850g size, good for 12. The chorizo option costs P565 and P2,100.

Not only is Apo Sa Tuhod's signature dish warm, filling, and familiar (and a novelty for some), each order made gives a donation to the lolas of Tahanang Magpala Malolos, a home for the aged in Malolos, Bulacan. Good food and a good cause? Why not.

You can place your orders via Apo Sa Tuhod's Instagram page or via SMS at 09178265084. They only deliver on Wednesdays and Saturdays from their Commonwealth, Quezon City hub. – Rappler.com

Steph Arnaldo

If she’s not writing about food, she’s probably thinking about it. From advertising copywriter to freelance feature writer, Steph Arnaldo finally turned her part-time passion into a full-time career. She’s written about food, lifestyle, and wellness for Rappler since 2018.

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