Porridge = Gloom-buster!

Chicken + beef ball porridge

When the weather is gloomy, simple hot dishes are always good. Somehow it brings some heat and warmth along with it. For me anyway…

Today wasn’t a really great day for me. The lack of sunshine, continuous cold showers outsides plus the mood swings made me feel quite down and out. I thought of the things I would love to do at times like this and one of them was make a simple yet hearty porridge…with one exception. It wouldn’t be so hearty as how Mum makes them at home. I like my porridge watery…flavourful but watery. Kind of reminds me of soup and rice sometimes.

Chicken and beef ball porridge


Two handfuls of rice
Water (enough to fill at least 1/2 to 3/4 of the pot)
Beef mince
Some dried scallops
Handful of fried shallots
Sesame oil

(A) For the mince
Soya sauce
White pepper


  1. Wash the rice and drain. Then add water, dried scallops, sesame oil and leave to boil.
  2. Stir occasionally to prevent the rice from sticking to the bottom of the pot.
  3. When the rice has softened and expanded, add in the ginger and sesame oil. Turn down the heat and let the porridge simmer.
  4. Add in the chicken and allow it to cook. When the chicken is fully cooked, remove and cool.
  5. Prepare the beef mince and form tiny balls. Drop these into the porridge. Start stirring again only after the beef balls are cooked.
  6. Continue stirring the porridge regularly while it simmers. Meanwhile shred the chicken and dump the shredded pieces into the porridge.
  7. The porridge is ready to eat depending on how you like it. (If you desire a thick consistency, allow it to simmer longer. Don’t forget to stir!)
  8. Serve with spring onions or ginger or as is.

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  1. Mmm..that looks good, nothing like something warm and wholesome in the tummy to lift the spirits a bit. Hope you’re feeling better now!

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