Chinese Rice Porridge with Dried Salted Duck

To make really tasty rice porridge, one can try cooking it with chicken stock, salted anchovy or dried scallops, or do like what we have here - Chinese dried salted duck (La-Ya in Mandarin).

Dried salted duck is a festive delicacy especially made in the last month of the year for Lunar New Year celebration. We tend to have a lot leftovers after the New Year period so this is a good way of using up the preserved meat.

It's best to use a slow cooker or the oven cooked method which is clean and easy, without having to watch out for the spilling over and other mess. Plus, all the goodness and taste will be locked inside the cooker.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup white rice, rinsed
  • 6 cups water
  • 50g dried salted duck, sliced or diced
  • 2 large onions, finely chopped
  • 20g fresh ginger, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt, or enough to taste

Preparation - Using Slow Cooker:

  1. Put all the ingredients except the rice in the slow cooker, cover and bring to a boil.
  2. Add in the rice. Cover and bring to the boil again then set heat down to low, continue to cook for about 2 hours.
  3. Serves 2 to 3 persons.

Preparation - Using Oven:

  1. Set the oven to 220°C whilst preparing the ingredients.
  2. Put all the ingredients except the rice in a large casserole, cover and place the casserole in the oven and cook till it is boiling.
  3. Add in the rice. Continue to cook till it starts boiling again (about 15-20 minutes) then turn heat to 150°C, continue to cook for about 2 hours.
  4. Serves 2 to 3 persons.

Versatility Note:

  1. Cooking time varies, depending on the consistency of the porridge which you'd like to achieve. 2 hours of low heat cooking is good enough to get the rice grains all broken down; but should you prefer very fine porridge, just add a cup or 2 more water and continue to cook for another hour or until you are happy with the result. Just season accordingly after that.
  2. Try having it with You Tiao, a deep-fried breadstick; plus some extra salted duck meat, steamed and sliced, on the side.