Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Fish Porridge Set
I have been very busy for the past weeks. My son had Chicken Pox but it was lucky for me that he recovered rather quickly and it wasn't passed to my daughter. The unfortunate thing was everyone else was sick too. We didn't have appetite for any food other than porridge. It's a torture to try feeding sick kids, especially if they have a cold. They either reject the food or eat very little. Thank God, my kids love porridge especially porridge with fish slices and can finish one big bowl for it and really fast. :) The way I do my fish porridge is slightly different. My friends called it Fish Porridge Set. ;P I always use snakehead fish aka Toman as it not fishy and is flaky. Season 300g of the fish slices for 30 minutes with 2 teaspoon light soy sauce, 2 teaspoon cooking wine, 4 teaspoon ginger juice. Do retain the ginger after squeezing out the juice. In a dish, place fish slices without the marinade. Add a few pieces of spring onions to it, white parts only. Steam it for 7 minutes or till cooked. You will have a dish of steamed fish slices with lots of sauce. However, if you have kids who do not like to eat whole slice of fish, like my daughter, take half of the fish slices and cook it with the porridge. As it is flaky, after a few stirs, it will break down and blend in with the porridge. Do not waste the marinade. You can add the marinade to the porridge and cook together. Add another 2 to 3 slices of ginger to the porridge if you like. I don't add in any more seasoning as we will use the sauce from the steamed fish as seasoning. You can add seasoning if you like. I do not throw away the remains of the ginger after squeezing out the juice. I fry it will some oil or sesame seed oil till golden brown and I can use that as garnishing. As the ginger is not as juicy, it browns very fast, so be careful not to burn it. How do we eat our porridge? Other than my daughter, who will only eat with the fish flaked and blended into the porridge, the rest of us eat our porridge with slices of fish and spring onions, top with fried ginger and spring onions, drizzled with sauce from the steamed fish and some sesame seed oil if you like. Try this for a change.