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)
Some dried scallops
Handful of fried shallots
(A) For the mince
- Wash the rice and drain. Then add water, dried scallops, sesame oil and leave to boil.
- Stir occasionally to prevent the rice from sticking to the bottom of the pot.
- When the rice has softened and expanded, add in the ginger and sesame oil. Turn down the heat and let the porridge simmer.
- Add in the chicken and allow it to cook. When the chicken is fully cooked, remove and cool.
- Prepare the beef mince and form tiny balls. Drop these into the porridge. Start stirring again only after the beef balls are cooked.
- Continue stirring the porridge regularly while it simmers. Meanwhile shred the chicken and dump the shredded pieces into the porridge.
- 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!)
- Serve with spring onions or ginger or as is.