home style congee
It had been raining for the past several days and we decided to cook a hearty evening meal which can satisfy us in the rainy weather. I remember that i grow up eating different kinds of congee. This is more of an eclectic mixture of ingredients from Filipino, Chinese, Taiwan , Asian .
1 cup ordinary rice ( long grain ) , 1/2 cup sticky rice ( washed once ) pre-soaked for 2 to 3 hours .
1/2 kilo of pork bones , 1/2 kilo chicken ( preferably breast ) , 200 grams of ground pork , 20 to 25 cloves of garlic chopped . 2 pieces Red onion ( sibuyas de bumbay ) chopped , chopped spring onion. 2 pieces egg ( beaten ) , 2 medium- sized sweet potatoes ( camote) peeled , 1 to 2 chicken or pork bullion , pinch of black pepper and 1 tablespoon of sesame oil.
pork floss , ma-hu or meat flakes
pickled cucumber ( 100 grams ) , pork floss ( 100 grams ), 1 to 2 century egg ( sliced and refrigerated for 5 to 10 minutes before serving ) , sliced fish meat , 4 to 6 pieces fish balls for soup , chili flakes . ( each of the ingredients are served into small plates )
pickled cucumber or radish
1.) heat the cooking pot with water (2 liters) and add the 1/2 kilo pork bones, 1-2 pc peeled onion and salt (or chicken broth cubes) bring to a boil and immediately reduce heat.
Cooking time varies depending on the type of bones or meat used. simmer for 45 to 60 minutes (1 hrs or more) to get pork broth.
2.) add the 1/2 kilo chopped chicken then wait for another 30 to 45 minutes . After boiling – You can get the chicken ( you may fillet the meat ).
3.) strain the broth add the long grain rice and sticky rice to the broth . Combine all ingredients (except garnishes) in a huge pot . This time add the ground pork , bring to boil and simmer. Stir every 5 to 10mins gradually add water to adjust desired thickness / consistency of your congee . cooking time is about 1hr to 2 hrs.
4.) on a separate pan , try to put some oil , and fry the chopped onion and garlic
5. ) sprinkle with black/white pepper, a few drops of sesame oil , chopped scallions and fried garlic and onion before serving . ( option will be the chilli flakes )
6.) to make the presentation more colorful, additional ingredients such as pickled cucumber or pickle radish , pork floss , sliced century eggs, cooked fish fillet and other meat.