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.
1C rice (washed)
1 big carrot (peeled and grated)
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)
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.
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)
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.
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