Thursday, June 16, 2011

Ginkgo nut porridge ~ congee | 20 comments:


The weather here in Ipoh has gone crazy!  It's super hot these days and so humid.  You don't need to pay to have a sauna bath for you're getting it free everyday literally sweating in your home with all the fans on full blast.  Yes, what about having the air-conditioner on full day.  Good thinking but watch it, our national electricity supplier is going to raise their rates with effect from July, good timing for them! 
I cooked this porridge to combat the weather and to cool our system ..... Ginkgo nut and beancurd porridge.
Ginkgo is mainly used as a memory and concentration enhancer, helps to reverse memory loss!  Also supposed to relieve hangovers, coughs and asthma and although is has a high starch content, it's low in fat.  As for nutrients, they are are excellent source of phosphorous, potassium, copper, thiamin and niacin.















Served this with Chinese Churros ~ Yau Tieu.  Perfect one-dish meal, so comforting .......  Slurp!

Ingredients
  • 150 gm ginkgo nuts - shelled, skin removed
  • 40 gm beancurd sheets  -  rinsed and tear into smaller pieces
  • 1/2  cup rice
  • 7 cups water
  • 1 Tbsp instant cooking oats  - optional
  • 1 tsp chicken granules - optional
  • Salt to taste
Method
  1. Crack up and discard the shells of the ginkgo nuts, remove the skin, wash and set aside.
  2. Wash rice, put into the rice pot and add in 7 cups water.  Switch onto 'Porridge' mode of the rice cooker.
  3. Once the rice grains begin to open up, add in the ginkgo nuts and continue cooking.
  4. After about 15 mins, add in the instant oats, give it a stir.
  5. Once the porridge is soft, check for desired consistency, add in the limp beancurd sheets, stir and add salt to taste.  Mix in the chicken granules if desired.
  6. Ladle onto serving bowls and serve with Chinese Churros or have it on its own.


I'm submitting this entry to  Muhibbah Malaysian Monday.  Do check it out 'Here'.


20 comments:

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  1. The congee with ginkgo nuts looks so appetizing!

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  2. Ginkgo nut is os new for me, how sad that sun is drying you all out, stay cool and protected and porridge look luscious!

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  3. This looks good for breakfast. I learnt something new - never know ginko can be used to cook so smooth porridge!! Awesome combination with yau char kway! slurp, slurp .... give me another bowl, pls, thank you.

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  4. Cheah, I would love to try this healthy congee with ginkgo nuts. Love your picture :)

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  5. Hey Cheah
    How you doing? Long time no see. This is the first time I'm seeing a pic of ginkgo nuts. I have been on a holiday. have a lot of catching up to do on your blog. Have a nice day.

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  6. What a nice mixed up! The gingko will definitely give you a great flavour. Have a lovely day.
    Kristy

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  7. this sweet soup is one of my fav dessert. I usually make a big batch and keep in the fridge!

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  8. Angie
    Yes, it does, just right for this weather.

    Ananda
    The hot weather can make one feel drowsy and grouchy!

    Yummy Bakes
    Yes, this is often seen in HKTVB series.

    Anncoo
    Thank you. I'm sure you can churn out this porridge pretty easily!

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  9. Can we exchange some of your heat for our cold? :) Yummy looking porridge. Interested to see you put some instant oats in there, I'm assuming for a nice texture? Thanks again for supporting MM!

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  10. Sonia
    Yes, it is delicious especially when the yao tieu is straight out of the wok!

    Claire
    Ahem .... thank you!

    Shirley
    Glad that you're back in action! Looking forward to more of your posts!

    Kristy
    Yes, ginkgo nuts are good for the brain!!

    Daphne
    Think you've got this mixed up. This is savoury ginkgo porridge. The sweet soup must be the one with ginkgo nuts, barley and beancurd sheets!

    Shaz
    You're more than welcome. I tasted smooth porridge at Super Inn in Melbourne and was thinking that perhaps they added oats to it.
    Since I didn't cook with jasmine rice, so added in oats for a softer texture.

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  11. Sauna bath everyday! How appropriate! what a goody brainy porridge! :)

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  12. Cheah, how I wish I can have a bowl of this porridge right now. I can hear my stomach growling just looking at the yummy photos.

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  13. Love Malaysia for it's food full of nutritional. Loved this nut too, looks almost like a macadamian nut. Porridge looks utterly delicious.

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  14. What an interesting combination! Yum... looks good :)

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  15. I've had this once many years, and was just telling my MIL about this 2 days back. Haha! Such coincidence.
    I do love the refreshing taste of it, even though the version I had was unsalted and plain with only fuchuk and gingko.

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  16. tigerfish
    Daily sauna is just too much for me!

    Quay po cooks
    Yes this is thirst quenching too!

    Umm Mymoonah
    Thanks for visiting. There's no fat in this nut as compared to macademia.

    msihua
    Thank you!

    Wendy
    Taking this once in a while is good to clear the system, so it seems.

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  17. What a flavourful porridge. I have never thought of making my congee in this way. I bet it's very 'qing tim'!
    Kristy

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  18. I never had gingko in porridge before! So hot in Msia? The weather is just getting worse and worse every year

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