It is not easy to make a delicious bowl of porridge . The above bowl of fish porridge that you see is resulted from my many years of experience in perfecting it. I remembered I once cooked a bowl of porridge for a friend who was sick during my college days and guess what, it was so bad that he threw it away (my hubby later told me because that was his roommate). Seriously I was not a cook at that time, and that bowl of porridge was made with care (or in Mandarin, "Ai Sin"). How would I know it was that inedible and a sick person can be picky too! *roll eyes*
Ingredient: (yield one serving for adult)
1 Tilapia fish fillet, cut into pieces
3 large dried scallops, soaked in hot water til soften, reserved the water
Some chopped carrots
1 handful of rice, washed
Salt to taste
About 2.5 ~ 3 cups of water (or depending on how big your handful of rice is, hehe)
1. Add the rice into a saucepan and add enough water to make porridge. Add in the dried scallops and the soaking water. Let it boil.
2. When boiled, add in the fish fillet and carrots (you can add green peas or chopped cabbage too) and turn the heat to low and let it simmer for 1 to 1.5 hours (stirring occasionally, this will break the grains) or until the porridge reached the consistency that you like. I like my rice grains broken, soft and thick.
I like to drizzle a little sesame oil, ground some fresh white pepper and top with crispy fried shallots before serving.
I normally made this for Edda without the extra touch. This fish porridge is sweet because of the dried scallops and you will feel the goodness with each spoonful until you scrape the bowl clean. It's that good!