One of the many things I like to do is turning making regular Malaysian food a lot healthier. Fresh ingredients can be added into a meal or nutrient-dense ingredient can replaced a less nutritious one. Thanks to my health-conscious friend who currently resides in New York, I found the magic of cooking congee using oatmeal instead of rice.
Here’s a quick one for you to try!
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes
For oatmeal congee
Instant/ quick-cook oatmeal x 1/4 cup
Goji berries, rinsed x 1 tbsp
Water x 1 cup
Coriander leaves, chopped x a sprig (optional)
Spring onions/ scallions, chopped x 1 tbsp
Soy sauce to taste
Sesame sauce to taste
Fried egg x 1
Pour hot water into a bowl of oats and goji berries. Pop it into the microwave for about a minute or more, according to the instructions of the kind of oatmeal that you buy. Mix well. Season with soy sauce and sesame oil. Add chopped coriander leaves and spring onions. If you like, top with a fried egg.
COOKING & HEALTH TIPS
- After microwaving the oatmeal, the consistency will change. Do add more water if you like your congee to be more watery than thick. I prefer to add slow-boiled chicken bone broth that I often make-ahead and keep in the fridge.
- If you prefer not to use the microwave, you can cook your congee over the stove.
- You can also flavour with homemade ikan bilis powder (Recipe: ikan bilis powder)
- Many people do not like the taste of coriander leaves. However, I suggest putting some and learn to like it as cilantro leaves are high in vitamin A, C and K (these vitamins are great for the skin, hair and eyes!)
- Goji berry impart a sweet taste. If you like your congee purely savoury, omit it. Again, it’s good to include this superfood into your diet if your palate allows it.
- I’ve made this a few times and I feel the texture resembles congee a lot more when it’s cooked longer i.e in the rice cooker. If you have the time, I suggest cooking it in the rice cooker, thermal cooker or slow-cooker.
This is such an amazing breakfast for those who dislike western-style oat porridge and prefer Asian congee instead. With this recipe, you can get benefit of nutritious oat and the comforting taste of savoury congee.
Try it and pack for #LunchboxMonday too!