The porridge is a traditional food of the Chinese in the Philippines. In the olden times, families with financial problems would resort to porridge to drive away the hunger. Porridge is rice cooked with a lot of water and has many ways of flavoring. But the main purpose of porridge is to provide nutrition. In Filipino homes, porridge is cooked when someone is sick. I remember when I was a girl, my mother would have chicken porridge when any of her children has a fever or colds. Chicken porridge is a native Filipino dish that was popular with the name Arroz Caldo - you can guess that the name is Spanish although the dish is Chinese. By the way, porridge had entered the Filipino menu that it has become a common snack in cheap eateries.