Friday, January 13, 2012


I realized lately, we've been doing a lot of somewhat oriental food and someone had a request, asking us how to make porridge. Although it way seem like a simple poor man's dish, it isn't so simple to make this bowl of comfort food as you desire. Not too runny, and not too gummy that it feels like you're eating starch or glue. A humble bowl of porridge can be a savior to anyone. Especially when you're feeling a little under the weather or studying abroad. Oh, what a bowl of overcooked rice can do is pretty magical. Hey, even Goldilocks snuck in and ate the bear's porridge!

Of course, if you're feeling under the weather with an upset tummy and can't do much chopping or searching for ingredients, you could just make the bowl of porridge, have it with some salt/soy sauce and a few drops of sesame oil, and you're set.
Ingredients: (Probably could feed 2 people)

  • 50g of rice
  • 600ml of water
  • a pinch of salt (you won't need much as the condiments are rather salty)
  1. Simmer the rice, salt and water for 30 minutes. Stir occasionally. Make sure it's on a low heat cause the porridge might burn. 
  2. Whisk the porridge to break up the rice so it'll be creamy. Don't overwork the porridge as it might get too gummy. If you end up having thick or gummy porridge, you could add some water to get it to the consistency that you like. 

Now for the condiments! You can put as much condiments as you want. These are a few that we chose. We'll go clockwise.
  • Omelette ribbons
  • Thinly sliced spring onions
  • Yau Char Kuai (fried dough) (cut them into thin pieces and toast them in the oven to get a yummy crunch)
  • Salted egg
  • Coriander leaves
  • Finely shredded ginger
  • Lastly, some crispy ikan bilis (dried anchovies)

To make the omelette ribbons you'll need:

  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 tbsp of water
  • Salt and white pepper to taste
  1. Beat the egg and the water in a bowl. 
  2. Add a pinch of salt and pepper.
  3. Get ready a non-stick frying pan with some oil. Pour in the egg mixture leaving a thin omelette.
  4. You will only need to cook it on one side as it is very thin. 
  5. Let the omelette cool on a plate and cut them into 1/2 inch ribbons.

A hassle free dish to prepare and it's comfort food at it's best! Even when you're feeling under the weather, you'll still have the energy to make a bowl of porridge. Cause it really is that easy!

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