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Got a request from the special one for chicken porridge. I have never cooked porridge before, but since I know the basics and happened to have bought some decent quality dried scallops from Vietnam, I did not hesitate to take on this project.

Chicken Porridge for the Soul
the finished product looks pretty good isn’t it?

After a short 15 minute trip to Giant and RM 7+ later, I got the necessary ingredients and started to get busy.

Ingredients:

  • 2.5 cups of rice
  • 2 pieces of chicken ribs, remove meat from the rib bones
  • sliced ginger
  • 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • some dried mushroom, sliced
  • spring onion, chopped
  • some dried scallop, sliced or whole

Steps:

  • boil about 8-10 cups of water, and add in ginger, chicken, and scallop to make chicken soup
  • after 10-20 minutes, use everything from the chicken soup as the “water” to cook porridge
  • you need around 3 times more water compared to cooking rice, for 2.5 cups of rice, have enough water in the pot for 7-8 cups of rice.
  • add sliced mushroom in the pot and start cooking the porridge
  • add salt to taste (2-3 tea spoon should suffice)
  • fry the chopped garlic with vegetable oil till golden brown
  • serve porridge with fried garlic and chopped spring onion

Chicken Porridge for the Soul
ingredients and the preparation method

The end product actually tasted pretty good. The dried scallop certainly contributed a dash of luxury to the taste of the chicken porridge. I actually had to add some soya sauce due to the conservative manner in salt usage, but it’s always better than having the whole pot goes to waste if too much salt is used.

Try it, if you don’t have a rice cooker with the porridge setting, a normal pot would work too, just have to watch out and not leave the porridge too dry.

We’ve been hearing about this porridge based steamboat (粥底火锅) for a while now. We decided to give it a try after having always had the more traditional type of steamboat or shabu shabu, usually either with clear or tomyam soup, just to see what the craze is about. The place we ransacked was Restaurant Farmland Steamboat at Jalan Pudu.

Porridge Steamboat (粥底火锅)  at Jalan Pudu, Restaurant Farmland
a pretty busy place

It was a weekend and the restaurant was very busy. After securing our table, we ordered the 3 “set dinner”, some sliced beef, spam, and an extra order of vege. The set came with a prawn, an egg, various types of fishball look-alike and taste-alike stuff, and some veges.

The porridge that made the base can hardly be categorised as porridge. The viscosity is very very low for obvious reason, you wouldn’t want it to stick on the pot. Besides, it wouldn’t be a very good medium to cook anything if the porridge was too thick.

Porridge Steamboat (粥底火锅)  at Jalan Pudu, Restaurant Farmland
sliced beef, yummm

The major difference in porridge based steamboat and the other types was the distinct lack of taste in the plain porridge base. This, however, is excellent if you have very good raw ingredients, like pomphret fish, crabs, or fresh prawns; the plain base would not obscure the natural taste and sweetness of the ingredients like how a tomyam soup would. However, since we were ordered cheapskate food, the porridge steamboat wasn’t something to shout about, though it wasn’t bad at all.

Porridge Steamboat (粥底火锅)  at Jalan Pudu, Restaurant Farmland
add some sesame oil and soya sauce, best.

The meal costs us about RM 15-20 a per person. Give it a try if you want to have something different. I suggest you stay away from the “set dinner” if you are not really into eating half a dozen types of fishball taste-alike items.

Map to Porridge Steamboat (粥底火锅)  at Jalan Pudu, Restaurant Farmland
loving the map?

The restaurant is situated by the busy Jalan Pudu. If you drive on Jalan Pudu towards Cheras area from the Jalan Imbi junction, the restaurant is just before the first gas station on your left. Beware that the parking situation isn’t very great..

Address:
362 366, Jalan Pudu
55100 Kuala Lumpur

GPS: 3.138293, 101.710079
Tel: 03-2141 9297