sick day food

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 👵🏼



  1. Wash the rice and boil it with the chicken in a pot. Make sure you have plenty of water. Like plentyyy of water.
  2. Put the ginger, chicken stock, carrot, potato, and Adabi’s Sup Bunjut into the boil.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.



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