Rice porridge is a very Asian food. Actually a very Chinese food. It is often eaten for breakfast. But of course it can be eaten for lunch or dinner too. It is very warming when eaten during cold weathers. It is also known to be therapeutic, especially for those who have weak digestion or not feeling well. I remember when we were young, my mom always served us plain rice porridge with a little splash of soya sauce or condensed milk, and nothing else. And if we had fever, we were only allowed to drink porridge water, no rice in it! It’s quite like fasting but then we recovered quite quickly. Porridge water is also known to help diarrhoea. But don’t take this as a cure. Always go to see the doctor when you are sick.
Rice porridge, also called congee is always most welcoming in my family. So is soup, especially in this cold weather. I love to use turkey mince in my rice porridge because it’s very lean and also you can hide a lot of vegetables in it. Apart from rice porridge, you can use turkey mince for making dumplings or meat balls. They are very delicious. Rice porridge is to the east what risotto is to the west.
I made a simple turkey rice porridge for lunch yesterday. Cooking plain rice porridge is very easy. If you like a more creamy porridge, cook rice together with water. If you want a more delicious porridge, use a nice soup like chicken soup to cook the rice. However if you don’t have much time and want a quick porridge, you can use left over cooked rice which I often do but it’s different. It’s more like rice soup and not creamy. But yesterday’s porridge was cooked from scratch, i.e., rice and soup cooked together.
The type of rice used is also important. If you like a more creamy rice, use short grain rice. Some people even add a little glutinous rice. Some love the rice to be all broken up which means a longer cooking. As for me I like it with the grains still visible.
The turkey mince is easy to make. Here’s my easy turkey mince recipe:
450g turkey mince
3 spring onions (washed and cut fine)
1/2 red onion (peeled and fined chopped)
3 pips garlic (peeled and finely chopped)
1 medium carrot (grated)
3T light soya sauce
2T sesame oil
1/2t pepper powder
Put turkey mince into a mixing bowl. Add chopped ingredients and seasonings. I like to use Scotty Brand carrots because they are very fresh.
Mix everything together well. Leave aside to marinade for about 30 minutes.
When the rice is cooked, add the mince to the porridge . You can add bigger scoop or smaller scoop. I like it in small scoop as it cooks faster.
When you have scooped the amount that you want into the pot, stir it through the rice. Keep boiling until the meat is cooked. Season the rice with some light soya sauce and pepper according to your taste.
Dish up into bowls and serve hot. Add fried shallot oil for extra taste and some chopped chives for garnishing. Enjoy. You can add a poached egg if you like.
Note: Extra marinaded turkey mince can be kept in a container in the fridge. I always use it up in 2-3 days. Sometimes I make more and put in smaller bags and freeze it. It comes very handy when you need a quick meal. You can use it for making meatballs or in dumplings.
Other rice porridge that you may be interested in:
Best Turkey Rice Porridge
Meat Balls Rice Porridge
Salted Fish And Chicken Rice Porridge
Char Siu Chicken Rice Porridge
Healthy Thunder Tea Rice (Lei Cha)
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