We have really really have been overindulging ourselves. After two nights of meats, we could not take the third round. And it is back to good old porridge.
This time plain porridge with some simple side dishes that can be whipped out within one hour.
Here are some our favourite porridge side dishes ideas:
a) Perserved Salted eggs, Century eggs with some soy sauce, bottled chai sim
b) Steamed pork mince with egg
This is an absolute must-have with porridge especially when you are sick, or have a bad toothache, or no teeth. Otherwise, it's a simple & yet tasty dish on a lazy day.
150 to 200 gm of pork mince
1 tbsp of onion, minced
1 teasp of salt
1 tbsp of light soya sauce
1 tbsp of huatiaw wine
2 tbsp of water
2 no of eggs
1) Mix all ingredients together till even and steam on high heat for 12 min or so. Doneness can be tested by poking the dish and if the juice run out is still pink, steam for another 3-5 min.
c) Perserved radish (chai po) omelette
Another porridge good friend. Depending on the radish, it should be washed slightly. If really salty, soak and wash.
50 gm of perserved radish, chopped finely
1/2 no of medium onion, chopped
3-4 no of eggs
2 tbsp of oil
1) Heat oil in wok till hot. Stir fry onion till fragrant. Add radish and fry till radish is cooked. Add whisked eggs. Cook for 3-4 min on one side and flip to the other side and continue cooking for another 2-4 min. Dish out and serve.
Another similar dish is Luncheon Meat Omelette. Replace perserved radish with 1 small can of luncheon meat sliced to small strips.
d) Ribs with black bean sauce
This one is yummy. Top the sauce onto the porridge.
300-400 gm of pork ribs
1 1/2 tbsp of sweet bean sauce (tau chuo)
2 tbsp of huatiaw
1 1/2 tbsp of sugar
1 tbsp of minced ginger
1 tbsp of dark soy
1) Marinade everything together and add a little cornflour. Season for an hour or so. Steam on high for 15 min.
e) Stir fry vegies such as chai xin, little cabbage.
1 small can of sardines
1/2 no of medium onion chopped
2 tbsp of sugar
2-3 local lemon (limau), squeezed out the juice
1) Stir fry onion til fragrant. Add sardines, then the sugar. When mixture starts to bubble and right before serving, add the juice. Dish out and serve.