Porridge Steamboat

With the Chinese New Year drawing nearer, I find myself getting more lazy to cook. Blame it on the lazy bugs in me. But what do you expect after a tiring days spring cleaning for the oncoming festive season? Thus, no cooking means no update in my ‘Mouthful Monday’ category too. So, I thought of this quick, delicious and yet healthy meals for the family.

The proportion shown here is enough to feed a family of 2 adults and 3 children.

Ingredients for the porridge:

  • 3/4 cup of fragrant rice
  • Water


Clean rice and soak them in water preferably overnight. In the morning, rub soaked rice with your palm. Discard water and replace with clean water. Simmer rice for about an hour on slow fire till your porridge gets very soft. Add more water if it dries up. The texture should be a runny.

Now, we are ready for the steamboat!

I prepared my children’s favourite dishes, that is the fish noodles. They are basically fish paste that was shaped longish like noodles. So, no rules as what you should or should not have. Here are some ideas for you – fish balls, squid, shrimps, chicken fillet, fish fillet, pigs intestine, mince pork, bean curd sheets (foo chok), tau pok, yong tau foo, chinese cabbage, baby corn, button mushrooms… Well, just to named a few here. It is up to your preference and availability from the market.

Since I don’t have a steamboat pot, I substitute them by using the electric rice cooker. They work the same. Filled half of the pot with porridge.

Food that required longer cooking like red meat should go in first.

Replaced cover and bring porridge to a boil again. Well, if you really want a more perfect steamboat, you may add some ginger shred, sesame oil, spring onions or fragrant shallots.

Baby Princess was curious why food was cook on the dining table. Well, I have not done this for ages! I’m pretty excited about it too.

Oh, and she is planning to mess them up too. “Daddy, quick! She took the soya sauce!”

Well, the next time I’m going to make it a big feast so that I can have all the dishes mentioned earlier. The  fish balls, squid, shrimps, chicken fillet, fish fillet, pigs intestine, mince pork, bean curd sheets (foo chok), tau pok, yong tau foo, chinese cabbage, baby corn, button mushrooms, ginger shred, sesame oil, spring onions, fragrant shallots…. Bon appetite πŸ™‚

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  1. huisia said,

    January 14, 2008 @ 2:19 pm

    good suggestion, must try this out.

  2. the Razzler said,

    January 14, 2008 @ 2:30 pm

    Queen ..

    There’s a shop that specialize in porridge steamboat that’s located near Jusco JB. It’s a great change from the conventional soup steamboat & taste great, too! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  3. kamkuey said,

    January 14, 2008 @ 3:20 pm

    Hmmm.. me not much of a steamboat fan. HAHAHA.
    But there is one along Jalan Pudu which serves very nice porridge steamboat. But parking is a killer!! A better option is to head down to Sri Petaling. They have a branch there. Easy parking if you dun mind a little walk.

  4. Kyels said,

    January 14, 2008 @ 9:11 pm

    Sounds really nice and it’s dinner time right now. Salivating while looking at the photos.


  5. sila said,

    January 15, 2008 @ 5:46 am

    interesting idea – never saw steamboat porridge before, but now you’re making me want some πŸ™‚

  6. athena said,

    January 15, 2008 @ 8:03 am

    me still in favour of tom yam steamboat!! πŸ™‚

    porridge steamboat is too filling la!

  7. Allan said,

    January 15, 2008 @ 12:40 pm

    Simple yet looks delicious ^^

  8. Annie Q said,

    January 15, 2008 @ 1:23 pm

    porridge steamboat..yum yum..try a few times in one of the restaurant at cheras. Very nice! And get full very fast too! hahahaha

  9. Giddy Tigress said,

    January 15, 2008 @ 2:13 pm

    I am too lazy to cook this weekend la – can you come and cook for me instead ah?

  10. jazzmint said,

    January 15, 2008 @ 8:07 pm

    yum yum

  11. jam said,

    January 22, 2008 @ 9:49 am


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