Peachpurple loves to cook assorted local recipes for her family and share with friends
Being born in a Teochew family ( one of the Chinese community),porridge has been part of our meal since childhood days. Kids love porridge since it is similar to rice mix with soup, easy to chew and swallow.
I think it started from my grandmother who had always cooked porridge for my dad when he was young. Back then in WW1, they had nothing to eat but porridge and sweet potatoes.
Since then, porridge had became part of our daily menu on the list for decades.
I prefer this luncheonmeat
Porridge Side Dishes
There are many versions of porridge or congee ( which we fondly known as "chook" ) that exist among the Chinese communities.
Since there are many different clans ; Teochew, Hokkien, Cantonese, Hakka, Kek, Hainan; each family has their own tradition to add different ingredients in porridge to induce flavorful, fragrant and appetizing porridge recipes.
Some people love to cook plain porridge and have side dishes to compliment the main course meal.
Popular side dishes are:
- roast peanuts
- shredded eggs
- fried anchovies
- fried shallots
- fried ginger
- salted cabbages
- salted eggs
- salted mackerel fish
You could also consume porridge with canned food such as
- SPAM ( luncheon meats- fried )
- braised peanuts
- pickled radish
- spiced pork cubes ( steam before consume )
- sardine in tomato sauce ( steam before consume )
- stewed pork chops ( steam before consume )
- chicken curry ( steam before consume )
- mocked abalone with vegetables ( steam before consume )
- baked beans in tomato sauce ( MY FAVORITE!)
- corned beef ( steam before consume )
Favorite side dish
What is Porridge?
- Porridge is a dish made by boiling rice, oats or other grains mix with water, milk, cream or coconut milk. It is best served hot in a bowl accompanied by side dishes depending on different countries and cultures.
- It is a perfect dish for everyone especially babies, kids lack of appetite, elderly folks and sick patients.
- Porridge usually includes rice, various vegetables and meat. Some people add in salt, sugar, milk soy sauce or sesame oil to enhance the taste.
- It is usually in the form of soupy, sticky, creamy and hot.
- Nowadays, you can purchase ready-made porridge in packet or sealed in a cup or bowl in majority hypermarket, grocery stores and even 24 hours outlet.
- There are variety of flavor to choose from such as vegetarian, chicken, maize, mushroom, curries, oats, rye, pork, fish and many more.
Benefits of eating porridge
- Some people have porridge for breakfast as it is full of proteins and fiber.
- Porridge can be easily digested for those with weak stomach, poor appetite and it is one of the best recipe for weight gain dieters or those who want to lose weight.
- Porridge has no cholesterol, helps to control glucose levels, prevents heart disease and other common illness. Therefore, it is the best choice for dieters.
- Eating porridge makes one to feel full easily. Hence, you won't overeat and helps you to lose weight.
- Porridge helps to reduce cholesterol in your blood.
- Porridge helps to maintain blood sugar level low or stable.
- Porridge is the best food for people ( old people, kids, toddlers and sick patients ) who have weak digestion.
- Porridge has carbohydrate, gives you energy and strength.
- Recent news claimed that porridge can prevent cancer and cardiovascular disease especially oat porridge
- Porridge is best eaten while it is hot from the pot. Garnish with white pepper and side dishes for a flavorful meal.
- Porridge is suitable for patients after surgery, victims of diarrhea, people who are sick with minor illness and lost of appetite due to depression.
Corn & Carrot Porridge
How much water should I add?
1 cup rice
8 cups water
1 cup rice
10 cups water
1 cup rice
13 cups water
- 50g diced carrot
- 50g corn
- 75g red rice
- 75g white rice
- 1 tbsp preserved cabbage
- 10 bowls of water
- salt and pepper to taste
- Wash and soak red rice for 2 hours.
- Drain well. Add a little oil and salt.Stir well. Marinate for 30min.
- Wash white rice. Drain well.
- Add a little oil and salt. Stir well. Marinate for 30min.
- Soak preserved cabbage for 10min.
- Rinse and squeeze out excess water.
- Bring 10 bowls of water to boil in a pot.
- Add in white and red rice.
- Allow to cook over low heat until half-cooked.
- Add in carrot, corn and preserved cabbage.
- Simmer until all vegetable and porridge are cooked.
- Taste before adding salt and pepper.
Oatmeal with Beef
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 113g minced beef / chicken / pork
- 1 stalk spring onion, diced
- a pinch of salt and pepper
- 1/2 tbsp light soy saice
- 1/2 tsp cornflour
- Add marinade ingredients to the minced beef.
- Mix well.
- Boil 3 cups of water.
- Pour in oats.
- Boil oats briefly while stirring constantly.
- Pour in the minced beef.
- Stir until it is fully cooked.
- Season with salt and pepper.
- Sprinkle spring onion on top.
- Serve hot.
Best rice and slow cooker
BEST Fried Shallots
- a hnadful of shallots, peeled and sliced thinly- pre-fried
- 70g minced pork or chicken
- 1 stalk spring onion, diced
- 1 bowl rice
- 1 tsp light soy sauce
- 1/4 tsp cornflour
- 1/2 tsp Bonito seasoning powder
- 1/3 tsp salt
- Add marinade to the meat
- Mix well and set aside.
- Soak rice in boiling water for 1 min. Drain.
- Boil 2 cups of water.
- Put in minced meat and cook for 3min.
- Put in seasoning.
- Bring to boil.
- Pour hot soup with the meat into the rice.
- Sprinkle fried shallots and spring onion on top.
- Serve immediately.
- 1.5 cup rice
- 3 litre water
- 150g pumpkin
- 1 small carrot
- 2 pieces dried scallop
- 100g groundnuts, washed, pre-boiled to remove dirt
- 150g minced meat / pork/ chicken
- add 1 tbsp oil and salt to rice, soak for 10min
- salt and pepper to taste
- lettuce and fried egg to garnish
- In a pot, bring water to boil.
- Add in soaked rice.
- Cut pumpkin and carrot into cubes.
- Wash scallop.
- Put in scallop and groundnuts into the pot.
- Add salt, pepper and minced meat.
- Boil porridge constantly for 15-20min until it becomes thick.
- Garnish with shredded fried egg and lettuce.
Different culture of porridge
- Many countries all over the world consume porridge as part of their culture and tradition. In England, rolled oat porridge is a common sight, Turkey, Italy, India and Romania consume maize or corn porridge, Greece, China, Asian countries, Thailand, Vietnam consume rice porridge.
- Chinese prefers to have salted eggs, century eggs, anchovies, deep fried groundnuts, salted cabbage to improve the bland taste of the porridge.
- As for Indonesian and Malaysian, they prefers salted fish, various vegetables and chilli sauce.
- Japanese mix with salt and green onions, while the Koreans mix with various seafood, nuts and mushrooms.
- The Phillipine side dishes are boiled eggs, chillies, tofu, spring onions, ginger, assorted meats and vegetables.
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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2010 peachy
peachy (author) from Home Sweet Home on September 02, 2016:
yes, porridge is suitable for any weather, especially winter!
C E Clark from North Texas on September 01, 2016:
These look delicious and hopefully it won't be long and we'll have the perfect weather for them too!
peachy (author) from Home Sweet Home on April 17, 2016:
@juliannehenry thanks, enjoy
Julie Henry from London on April 11, 2016:
Thanks for sharing x another porridge lover x
peachy (author) from Home Sweet Home on April 28, 2013:
thanks for reading. I love porridge on rainy days
Susan from India on April 27, 2013:
I love eating Porridge and all your porridge recipes are awesome. Thanks for sharing. Voted up.
peachy (author) from Home Sweet Home on April 15, 2012:
Thanks for your support. Porridge is good for those who are sick in bed and children and those who are lost of appetite.
Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on April 15, 2012:
Interesting! I've never tried porridge. I've never even known anybody who has made it. I've only been exposed to it in the children's story, "Goldilocks and the Three Bears." I might have to try this sometime! Voted up, useful, and interesting!