Monday, May 7, 2012

Rice Congee With Condiments


Such is life. No matter how absolutely sure we were about being compatible with the person we will be marrying, some things will only be discovered after we settle down together. Some people brushed aside the fact that food will not make a difference in marriage, let me tell you that it does. Food for my other half-half is curries (Prawn Mango Curry,Vegetable Green Curry, Spicy Crab Parathal, Vegetable Kurma & Egg Potato Curry) and fish (Grilled Mackerel With Yogurt Dip & Assam Fish Curry) mainly, whereas I can be satisfied with just one Malay style dish (Kangkung Belacan, Chilli Petai Anchovies & Sotong Sambal) and not necessarily rice (Cumin Rice), but also the diluted version of it I can have daily (Rice Congee With Salted Egg And Minced Chicken). Plain rice porridge definitely won't go down well with my other half-half. Duh!


That's why I told you that such is the reality to marriage and food. Then again, it can't be a valid reason to pick on each other, so, generally, I am the one who compromise. Not because of gender differences, fair enough, when he is away, I cook a big pot of porridge which takes me through for the next two or three days. Simple as ABC and can be made in rice cooker, slow cooker or over the stove. Anytime is a good time for congee though, also, it all depends on how many sides you prefer to go with it. For me, at least two or three condiments because plain congee by itself is quite tasteless. Henceforth, I opt for the simply put together salty and spicy condiments that  really goes well with congee.

Ingredients
For congee
1/2 cup rice - wash and drain off the water
1 inch ginger - slice into thin stripes
4 cups water (or as needed depending on how diluted you prefer)
Salt for taste
Spring onion (as needed) - slice thinly (for garnishing)

For condiments
For the beans 
200g French beans - remove strings and slice thinly
6 garlic - crush
2 tbsp oil
Salt for taste

For the anchovies/ikan bilis & salt fish
200g anchovies - soak, rinse and snip into smaller pieces
1 red chilli & 1 green chilli - slice thinly
1 medium size red onion - chop
1 tbsp taucu (fermented bean paste)
1 stalk spring onion - chop
Oil as needed
Sugar and salt to taste
Salted fish as needed (soak and cut into smaller pieces)
Lime wedges - to be squeezed on top
Method:
For the congee
Add all ingredients except spring onion into a pot.
Simmer and cook over low heat until rice is softened (as soft as you like).  
Keep simmering over low heat or simmer again before tucking in, 

For the beans
Heat oil and when heated, saute garlic. 
Add beans and season with taste.
Stir to cook and soften.
Remove from heat.

For the anchovies/ikan bilis & salted fish
When oil is heated, fry salted fish until crispy, remove and keep aside.
Salted fish is done. 
Next, fry the anchovies till crispy, remove and keep aside. 
Leave about 1 tbsp of oil in the same pan. 
Add chillies, onion and tauchu.
Saute. 
Add the rest of the ingredients except lemon wedges.
Stir to combine and remove from heat. 

To serve
Into a serving bowl, add rice congee and top with spring onion and ginger.  
Serve with the condiments and lime wedges (to be squeezed over anchovies/ikan bilis).
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19 comments:

  1. I surely need some Congee today for I don't feel so well. I can see how this would make for a perfect meal.

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  2. hi nava, i like my congee very soft soup like. nice side dishes, yes, salted egg is a must for me..

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  3. Ohhh, rice congee is such a comforting food, Nava! A warm bowl of it could surely make anyone feel better!
    I love your choice of condiments! Yum!

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  4. I'm not a big fan of congee but this dish looks wonderful. So colourful and healthy!

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  5. I like cream of wheat and also grits, so I am sure I would like your Congee. While the others are mostly served on the sweet side, the idea of the Congee sounds like a tasty change of pace. Easy dish and so very healthy, thanks for posting.

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  6. It is the teow Cheow style....
    My mil is teow Cheow n she use to cook this...

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  7. I love congee! It is extremely healthy. My favorite congee is Peanuts Congee =)

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  8. Nava, your photos are lovely! I would definitely add the green onions, both for the color and flavor.

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  9. I didn't know how to make congee but was always curious about it. Thanks for the recipe. & nic emeeting you are new to me! :)

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  10. I have heard of congee but am yet to try it - this delicious and healthy dish certainly gives me incentive :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  11. As I love rice based dishes this is something new for me to try.

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  12. Hmm ths is what we call Teo Chew porridge :)

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  13. dono y i kinda hate porridge >.<

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  14. This looks so yummy. I love congee. Will have to try this.

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  15. i like this! simple, easy to prepare, healthy and easy to digest!

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  16. yuuuummm! this made me hungry! i loooove congee!

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