Salted Fish And Chicken Rice Porridge

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Delicious congee

Delicious congee

If there’s anything I love, it is rice porridge, also called congee. It is simple and easy to cook and can be cooked in a wide variety of ways. If you have left over rice from the previous day, cooking congee is very quick. The weather is getting very cold so eating hot congee is definitely most welcoming.

Rice porridge is also very good if you are not feeling well. My mom said it’s good for health because it is light and easy to digest. I remember when we were young, we were only allowed plain rice porridge with a little soya sauce or condensed milk for taste if we ever fell sick. We had to eat that until we recovered. Surprisingly we recovered very fast. My parents said that eating other food, especially oily and spicy food, burdens the body and you can’t recover quickly. I believe they were right in saying that. Over the centuries, Chinese believe that rice porridge is very therapeutic.

I had 2 friends over the other day and the weather was extremely cold, windy & gloomy. There was nothing better to serve them than hot rice porridge. I had some homemade salted fish, boiled chicken and some wantan skin in the fridge. That would be great toppings. It came out very delicious. All of us liked it very much. Here’s my recipe to share. The amount is enough for 4 persons for a light meal.

Ingredients A
chicken soup
1C rice (washed)
1 big carrot (peeled and grated)

Cooking carrot congee

Cooking carrot congee

I don’t have left-over rice so I had to cook from scratch. But it’s not difficult too. Add the rice and carrots to the chicken and let it boil. It will take quite some time. Test for doneness that suits you. While letting it boil, prepare Ingredients B below.

Ingredients B (topping)
salted fish (cooked)
chicken meat (boiled)
wantan skin (cut into thin strips)
garlic (peeled and chopped)

Delicious fried salted fish and garlic

Delicious fried salted fish and garlic

Mash the salted fish. Heat up some oil in the frying pan. Add the garlic and fish and fry until it’s quite crispy and fragrant. Dish it up. This was shown in yesterday’s post, Zucchini And Salted Fish Stir Fry.

Chicken floss

Chicken floss

Shred the chicken meat. In the same frying pan, add the garlic, chicken, some pepper and salt and keep frying until it’s quite dry and fragrant. Dish it up.

Heat up some oil in a frying pan and deep fry the wantan strips until golden and crispy. Dish it up.

Ingredients C (seasonings)
pepper powder
fried garlic oil
light soya sauce
some coriander leaves to garnish

When the porridge is cooked, scoop it into separate bowls. Add some fried garlic oil, sprinkle some pepper powder, add some fried chicken meat, some fried salted fish and some fried wantan strips and enjoy a lovely, hot meal. It’s just so good to feel warm.

Do you like to eat rice porridge (congee)? What is your favourite topping or condiment? Please share, add and comment in the comment box below.

Other rice porridge or congee that you may be interested in:
Best Turkey Rice Porridge
Meat Balls Rice Porridge

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kristy  on November 28th, 2009

Wow, you made your own salted fish! So, are your neighbours complaint about the smell or not? haha… You made a whole salted fish! So, still enough to make something else huh! Stir fried salted fish bean sprout… hurry!

pegasuslegend  on November 28th, 2009

this sounds like the fish is delish!

Divina  on November 28th, 2009

That’s a different kind of Porridge. Perfect for your weather and sometimes it would be perfect for me too if I’m too lazy too chew. :D

penny aka jeroxie  on November 28th, 2009

I had so much congee lately because of my tooth. Salted fish is one of my favourite addition to congee. Along with salted eggs

Mary  on November 28th, 2009

@Kristy - It’s winter, no one opens their windows, so it’s safe….LOL. Actually it smells really good….at least it’s not belacan otherwise I’ll risk being thrown out of this area…haha. Oh yes, I have to fry it with bean sprouts…YUM

@pegasuslegend - Thanks…it is delicious.

@Divina - This is the first time I cooked this porridge….a test of my culinary skill :P Rather happy with it as everyone loved it.

@Penny - Hope your tooth is fine now. I also love porridge with salted eggs.

Alta  on November 28th, 2009

Sounds comforting. I have the leftover turkey carcass and some meat from Thanksgiving. Planning on making turkey congee!

Ellie  on November 28th, 2009

This is my type of comfort food. I can eat 3 bowls in a row. So good!!!

Mary  on November 29th, 2009

@Alta - That sounds very delicious. I love turkey porridge too. I’m sure you have a lot of turkey bones to make a very good soup.

@Ellie - Wow….3 bowls! I have to use small bowls to match up with you :D

foodlovee  on November 29th, 2009

I love congee.I like all types of congee plain,fish,pork,chicken.Maybe I tend go towards pork and pork organ with extra small intestine congee the most.And I love your congee too.

Mary  on November 29th, 2009

@foodlovee - Wow….I can see that you are a big fan of congee. I hope to learn more congee recipes.

cheah  on November 29th, 2009

This congee sure looks delicious and with homemade salted fish too. You sure can innovate very well!

Mary  on November 29th, 2009

@Cheah - It’s a simple way to make salted fish but it works…at least I don’t have to hunt for it :)It’s so good with congee.

Light Delight with TouTou  on November 29th, 2009

OH I love congee!!! the topping looks pretty cool, lots lots of stuff Yah!!
I am a big fan of Canton Porridge (I don’t know whether I spell it right :-D ) the preserved egg and ground pork congee, is my favorite :-P

blackswan  on November 30th, 2009

Simple & nice! Love porridge :)

Mary  on November 30th, 2009

@Light Delight with Tou Tou - I love Cantonese Porridge but would love it more if the rice is not boiled so long. It’s a little too gluey for me. But I love the century eggs and the mince too.

@Blackswan - Thanks for comment.

joylicious  on November 30th, 2009

Oh geez…the hunger pains have returned. I love rice porridge it is such a comfort food for me!!! I am also a huge fan of salted fish..this reminds me of that dish — salty fish with tofu clay pot. MMmmmm yum yum!!

Mary  on November 30th, 2009

@Joylicious - LOL….visiting at the wrong time again! Oh yes, salted fish & tofu clay pot!….now you cause me hunger pains :(

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