Monday, February 7, 2011

What to eat when your gum is aching

One of those days where the only food I can eat aside from pudding and tofu is rice porridge. I loathe rice porridge, oatmeals and the like. Not that I don't know how to make em, my family thinks I make the best banana cream oatmeal, I just do not like the texture. Everything about porridge is wrong, bland, mushy, eeuuuggghhhhhhhhhhh!

When you have gum ache, short of starving yourself is to eat rice porridge. I started out adding as much flavor in as possible. Because I hate watery porridge, I try to make mine as thick as possible.

Broth -  The first layer of flavor has to come from the broth. Since the main composition of porridge is water, it is of utmost important that the broth is well layered with flavor. Homemade chicken broth it is.

Grain - Rice grains; long or short doesn't really matter.

Meat - Another medium to add flavor. When you have a gum ache, not like you can chew anyway. The best thing to do is use ground meat; be it pork or beef. I love to infuse mine with ginger, soy sauce, sesame oil, rice wine, sugar and pepper.

Throw everything into a pot and let it simmer for a long long time till it finally becomes this. Easy and comforting for one of those days where everything feels like Bleh.............

Did I mention that I am not a fan of porridge, oatmeals and the likes. It has been 5 days now, gum feeling all better today but still on semi-solid food diet for fear of triggering another bout of abscess. Sigh. 

Truth to be told, rice porridge is a very simple meal to make. All you need is rice and lots of water.

Boil till everything becomes a mush. The biggest thing is the seasoning. I tried to incorporate as much flavor into the porridge as possible since it is going to taste Blehhhhhh anyways. I find that using homemade chicken stock in lieu of water is the best way to go. However, if you do not have any chicken stock sitting in the fridge, your next best bet will be water. Season the meat that you are using heavily though, since that will be the only seasoning to help impart flavor in the porridge.

Cantonese Rice Porridge
1 cup of uncooked rice
8 cups of chicken stock or water
1/4lb of ground meat of choice (pork, chicken, beef)
1 tsp rice wine
2 tsp soy sauce
1 tsp sesame oil
1-inch of ginger, grated and juiced
salt and pepper to taste
scallion, sliced (optional)
chinese fried dough (optional)

1. Combine ground meat with seasoning in a bowl. Mix well and let sit in the fridge for at least 30 mins to marinade.
2. In a stock pot, combine chicken stock and rice. Cook on high till mixture comes to a boil. Reduce heat on medium low. Cook for 30 mins, stirring occasionally.
3. Turn heat down to low. Add in ground meat by teaspoonful. Continue to cook for another 15 mins, stirring occasionally. 
4. Remove from heat. Serve with a dash of pepper and sesame oil. Top with sliced scallion and chinese fried dough (optional)

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