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Happy Year of the Golden Tiger 2010 and a Chicken Congee Recipe

Sunday, February 14, 2010 | Labels: , , , |

May I wish my dear readers "Gong Xi Fa Cai"! May you be blessed with health and happiness!


It has been another year, and Tastes of Home is officially entering its third year, time really flies. Throughout this time, I have 'met' very sweet and kind fellow bloggers and also readers, it has been very enjoyable and in future I will not slack off as much and try to post more regularly and not just in bursts. There are definitely still a lot of recipes out there that I have yet to try my hand at and food that I have yet to try. Hopefully, I will get to expand my palate even more soon enough. A new year signifies new beginnings and new opportunities, however I feel a little embarassed as today's feature is a mere chicken congee recipe which I have featured before but this time, it is a simpler version, great when you want chicken congee but don't feel up to making chicken stock to boil the congee. I used a claypot today for cooking my congee as I am a fan of the slightly burnt flavour that you can only get from using a claypot much like when you have claypot rice - the hardened, slightly burnt rice ('fan chiu') that stick to the claypot.


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Congee needs no introduction to most Asians, every Asian country probably has their own version of this classic comfort food. Congee always had sickly connotations to me in the past as my mom would force-feed me congee whenever I was sick (and mind you, it was plain white congee as the latter was supposed to be the 'best' for 'lowering heat'), however I have grown to love the taste of congee. Nevertheless, it must be some kind of conditioning as whenever I feel under the weather, I long for a bowl of congee but of course, I cheat and add ingredients that is no plain white congee for me!



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Ingredients:

6 chicken drummettes -marinate lightly with Chinese Rice Wine (you can use other parts of the chicken if you wish)
1/2 cup rice, washed then soaked in water for at least 1 hour
6 bowls of water
Pinch of salt


Condiments:

3 stalks green onions, sliced
1/2 inch ginger, sliced/ shredded
Sesame oil, to taste
White pepper, to taste
Light Soy Sauce, to taste

Method:


First, blanch the chicken in some boiling water, remove immediately as soon as skin starts to turn white. You can opt to remove the skin for a healthier version. Now, boil the soaked rice together with the chicken for about 1 to 1.5 hours. First, bring to a boil, then turn to medium low, checking constantly. When the congee has reached the consistency you desire, add in a pinch of salt. I am not really sure of the scientific basis for this but apparently salt in congee is good for you, and I have heard this from various sources. Next, simply ladle the congee into your serving bowl and add the condiments listed above to your preference. Serve hot.

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11 comments:

homeladychef said...

Happy New Year! 祝你今年身体健康! 虎虎生威!

jen said...

same here, i loveeee the burnt rice when it comes to claypot chicken rice, hehe.

here wishing you a very happy & prosperous chinese new year! looking forward more recipes from you :)))

tigerfish said...

I need chicken congee soon cos I have been eating too much ! Happy Chinese New Year, Gong Xi Fa Cai!

Jen said...

HLC - 恭喜发财,万事如意!! Happy New Year!

jen - yeah, have you ever tried the claypot chicken rice in KL Plaza, I think it's already closed, it's the best! thanks! wishing you a healthy and happy CNY!

TF - yeah I bet! 恭喜发财!

Carolyn Jung said...

The best comfort food ever! I long for a bowl right now. ;)
Gung Hay Fat Choy to you! May the new year be bright and prosperous.

Jen said...

hi Carolyn!!!

Thank you so much! Happy CNY to you too! May abundant blessings be upon u and ur family!

p.s. u can have as many bowls as u like hehe

noobcook said...

nothing beats a bowl of comforting chciken congee.

Happy New Year, Gong Xi Fa Cai!! :)

lilyng said...

happy new year

pigpigscorner said...

Happy CNY and gong xi fa cai!

Jen said...

Hi Wiffy, Happy CNY to you too! Gong Xi Fa Cai!

Lily - thanks, happy new year to u & ur family too

ppc - happy new year! :)

Congee Recipe said...

It really looks good and tasty. I am craving for Congee. Want to try one!

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