Congee. Rice Porridge. 粥。
This is an essential food in a baby's diet because it is easy for babies and toddlers to eat and digest.
However, do you know that congee actually has many health benefits? It is beneficial for people of all ages.
Here are some of the general benefits of Congee as it varies according to the type of rice used.
Benefits of Congee
It nourishes the stomach as in Traditional Chinese Medicine, congee is a warm food that is digested easily and helps to soothe and nourish the digestive tract. Hence we drink congee whenever we suffer from food poisoning and stomach flu.
It increases your water intake due to a large amount of water in congee. This is important especially in Singapore, where it is hot and humid most of the time.
It also helps in reducing your appetite which is great for people who wants to lose weight. Congee makes you feel fuller faster as compared to eating rice but it contains lesser calories.
For this congee recipe, it also contains red dates and dried scallops to increase the flavour of the congee naturally. They are also very beneficial for health. It is a great way to make a nutritious and delicious meal for you and your loved ones!
Benefits of Red dates (红枣)
Red dates, also known as jujubes, is known as the "King of Nuts" in China for its rich nutritional value. Red dates are rich in vitamin A, Vitamin B, vitamin C and other essential vitamins. It has 70-80 times more vitamin C content than in grapes and apples! With its high vitamin C and vitamin P content, it is great for preventing cancer, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. For the ladies, it replenishes blood which is beneficial during the time of the month.
Benefits of Dried Scallops (干贝)
Dried Scallops are rich in protein, carbohydrate riboflavin and calcium, phosphorus and iron. Dried scallops nourish the kidneys, stomach and the spleen. It also nourishes yin and tonify blood. Hence it is suitable for people with weak liver and kidney functions. Furthermore, it is also delicious!
Pork Congee Recipe
Ingredients (1-2 servings):
For the porridge:
1. 70g of rice
2. Two bowls of water
3. Three red dates, pitted
4. Five dried scallops
For the pork:
1. 70g of minced pork
2. 1 teaspoon of sesame oil
3. Half a teaspoon of salt (up to your preference)
1. Combine the dried scallops, red dates and rice into the pot.
2. Add the water.
3. Bring it to a boil then lower the heat to medium.
4. Allow it to simmer for 30-45mins, stirring now and then to prevent the rice from sticking to the bottom of the pot. (Alternatively, use the rice cooker to cook the porridge first as most rice cooker comes with that function now.)
5. When the porridge is done, add it the minced pork and simmer for another 10mins.