Yesterday, my friend told me that she was cooking porridge for her dinner. She said it was a simple plain porridge and ate with fried vegetable. It gave me an idea to cook porridge for this weekend.
I prepared and washed one cup of the white rice, then marinated the rice with a pinch of salt. Meanwhile, I washed the peanuts and ready to put it into the rice cooker to cook. With the multi-functional rice cooker, it is very easy to cook porridge by adding 8 cups of water. I measured it and with 8 cups of water, it can make a thick porridge of my liking. It cooked for about an hour, the porridge was ready. The thick porridge serves as the base for me to prepare the porridge with other ingredients.
I added some carrots, mushroom, fish balls and an egg in the porridge and continue to cook for a while until the additional ingredients are cooked. It is smooth and favourable. Just add a pinch of pepper and few drops of sesame oil.
Steamed Chicken with Silver Anchovies & Salted Black Beans.
A simple steamed dish you can do with electric lunch box. I marinated the chicken with little salt and sesame oil before mixed the silver anchovies and black beans into the upper container to bring it to steam. Since we are cooking chicken, it is quite fast to cook so do not need to steam it for long, you can just put in the chicken when it is about 10 minutes before your rice is ready.
I bought some chee cheong fun from the supermarket to try. It is not a good choice as we know it is not going to be as fresh as those from the wet market. I tried to make the steamed chee cheong fun using my electric lunch box. I put in the vegetables and fishballs in the miso soup base in the bigger container and the chee cheong fun on the top container. Then, steamed it until the soup is boiled and ready to be served.
What to do with remaining of the bitter gourd?
You can try to fry it with egg which some people say it can cover up the bitter taste of it.
If you do like the bitter taste, you can stir-fried the bitter with carrots and meats. While searching some recipes on bitter gourd, I come across this writer who wrote, “A Chinese chef that I knew told me to pick bitter gourd that has wide ridges, then it won’t be that bitter”. – http://belachan2.blogspot.sg/2013/10/bitter-gourd-with-eggs.html
The second dish you can make with a bitter gourd is the yong tau foo using bitter gourd and fish paste. You can find this from the stalls which sell the yong tau foo in the wet markets, supermarkets and food courts. You can make it yourself by getting the fish paste, bitter gourd and beancurd from supermarket. Maybe it just costs about S$4.00 for the ingredients. Then you can make a plate full of young tau foo. You do not have to use the whole bitter gourd, maybe just one third or half of it.
I bought a bitter gourd from the supermarket which costs me around S$1.40 and I can make a few dishes with it in few days. One of it was the bitter gourd soup.
Simple by following the recipe online and my version was pretty simple. All I prepared was one third of the bitter gourd, cut some carrots, marinated some cubed chicken meat and some wolfberries.
When the water boiled, put in the bitter gourd and carrots and brought to boil again. After that, put in the chicken meat and the wolfberries and boiled again for another 15 minutes or so. It is so simple, right? Do try it out if you like bitter gourd.
I am using the Yoei electric lunch box to steam the sliced chicken with wolfberries. It is simple by marinated the sliced chicken beforehand for about 30 minutes to an hour after defrost. While cooking the rice using the electric lunch box, I put in the chicken with a little water and some sesame oils. Let it steams for 15 minutes or when you see it turns white. Happy cooking!