How to Make Lugaw Yellow: the secret to the perfect Lugaw

                by Joost Nusselder | Updated:  December 15, 2020

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Lugaw is one of the Philippines’ most popular comfort foods that can be made into something either sweet or savory.

The dish could best be described as rice porridge owing to its mushy consistency.

However, in its truest sense lugaw is a base for several dishes.

How to make lugaw yellow

The dish is typically prepared with boiling rice in an excess of water to create the base. To make it either sweet or savory, you’ll need to incorporate various ingredients, such as salt, garlic, or sugar.

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To make Lugaw yellow, your secret ingredient doesn’t have to be artificial flavoring. It should be anything except that.

Making yellow lugaw requires using yellow rice, commonly known as Arroz Amarillo. The dish is thus known as Arroz Caldo.

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How to Make Arroz Caldo



  1. Cook garlic on low to medium heat until it gives off a fragrant aroma or turns light brown. Add in the onion and cook it on medium flame until it turns soft.
  2. Add in chicken and stir for three to five minutes.
  3. Add in the yellow rice in increments, allowing it to cook for 2 minutes.
  4. Pour in water and chicken broth. Stir for a minute or two before adding in the paprika, the onion powder, salt, and black pepper. Cook the mixture on a medium flame for 20 minutes.
  5. Top with chopped green onions.

Check the full Arroz Caldo recipe here


Lugaw is a popular Filipino comfort food found all across the globe. In actuality, lugaw is a base for other ingredients and toppings making it either sweet or savory (depending on those ingredients).

To make lugaw yellow, all you’ll need is some yellow rice known as Arroz Amarillo.

The rice needs to be cooked in a broth to give it the mushy consistency that lugaw is known and beloved for.

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Joost Nusselder, the founder of Bite My Bun is a content marketer, dad and loves trying out new food with Japanese food at the heart of his passion, and together with his team he's been creating in-depth blog articles since 2016 to help loyal readers with recipes and cooking tips.