I’ve lived away from home since I was 13 (more or less). I find it interesting that I get sick a lot more when I’m away, most probably because I didn’t take care of myself enough especially in regards to meals. 😅 Whenever I’m sick, I always long for porridge. Chicken porridge to be exact. If I’m in Malaysia, McDonald’s is just around the corner for a chicken porridge takeaway. But, living where the McD’s are non-halal, I had to learn making the chicken porridge myself. Heh, that’s the only way to force me to learn how to cook anyway 😆. #gottakeepithalal
So, over the years, I’ve come up with my go-to chicken porridge recipe which never fails! ..or at least I think it never fails 😂.
1 cup rice (definitely not Basmathi or you’ll be cooking for hours)
1 inch ginger (I put more for medicinal purposes in large, thin chunks)
1 tsp. chicken stock (I use 1/3 of Knorr chicken stock cube)
150g chicken breast/thigh (make sure to deboned the thigh)
1 big giant massive potato (cut into small cubes)
1/2 carrot (just because I like potato more, also cut into small cubes)
1/2 tsp. salt (add to your liking)
a pinch of white pepper (add to your liking, if you like it)
1 Adabi’s Sup Bunjut (this is the secret ingredient)
1 L water (or more, I’m just winging it here guys 😅)
Condiments: (you can skip this bit)
- 1 handful of dried anchovies (tips: put the anchovies on a small with 1 tbsp. cooking oil, and put it into the microwave for 1 to 1 1/2 minutes. Voila! You get crispy fried anchovies without wasting too much cooking oil.)
- 1 handful of fried shallots (I got my stock from bibik. She makes the best fried shallots in the world!) 😛
*phew* Just typing the ingredients out tires me! #grandmama 👵🏼
- Wash the rice and boil it with the chicken in a pot. Make sure you have plenty of water. Like plentyyy of water.
- Put the ginger, chicken stock, carrot, potato, and Adabi’s Sup Bunjut into the boil.
- After around 15 minutes, when all the stuff is half-cooked, put in salt and white pepper. Put them in little by little until it suits your taste.
- Boil the ingredients until it looks like porridge! 😆 Add more water if you need to, and make sure to control the stove so the water won’t go splashing out from the pot.