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Friday, 12 January 2018

Chao Ga (Vietnamese Chicken Rice Porridge / Congee)

          This is a Vietnamese style comforting breakfast of chicken and rice congee. It is also a common meal that is relished for lunch and dinner. A wholesome and a nutritious first meal of the day is a heart warming and a soothing food that needs to be had to believe. 

          It can never be that simple and easy. Very few ingredients are required to dish out this amazing and yummy one-pot wonder. The thickness of the porridge can be adjusted according to individual preference. 

  • 1/4 cup rice, soaked for 2-3 hours
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp. sugar (opt)
  • 1/2 cup boiled & shredded chicken
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper powder
  • 1-2 tbsp. chopped spring onion
  • 1-2 tbsp. coriander leaves, chopped
  • 1 tsp. lime juice (opt)
  • 1 fresh red chili, chopped  (opt)

          Bring the stock to a boil. Then add the rice, sugar and salt. Simmer and cook till the rice becomes soft and mushy. 

          (Alternatively it can be pressure cooked for 8-10 minutes on a low flame after the first whistle.)

          Garnish with pepper powder, shredded chicken, spring onion, coriander leaves, fried onion, lime juice and fresh chilies. Serve as an one-pot meal.

Note - 
1.  1-2 chicken cubes for the stock and mashed leftover rice can be made use of for an instant version.

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