Thursday, April 28, 2011

火雞魚片粥/Turkey and Fish Congee



 I made this congee last week while I was making the Broccolini and Smoked Salmon Salad in Ginger Dressing.  Congee is a perfect comfort food when you are not feeling well and it always goes well with Chinese salad.  Congee is also very easy to make, that's why I did a video about it - just so you know how simple it is.  A lot of people emailed me asking what congee is.  I guess it's not that common in the western world.  To make Cantonese congee, white rice is boiled in many times its weight in water for a long time until the rice breaks down and becomes a fairly thick white porridge.  Congee can be made in a pot or in a rice cooker.  Some rice cookers have a "congee" setting, allowing congee to be cooked overnight.  In my video, I prepared about 3 bowls of plain congee and if you follow my instructions you will be able to enjoy a very comforting meal within 20 minutes.  If you have trouble making plain congee you can just make some really soft rice instead.  So what are you waiting for?  Give it a try!




Ingredients:

  • 3 bowls of plain congee
  • 3 oz ground turkey meat
  • 4 oz white fish
  • 1 tsp chopped green onion
  • Half tsp salt

To marinate the fish:

  • Half tsp salt
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • Half tsp cooking wine

To Marinate the turkey meat:

  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • Half tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp chopped green onion

Directions:

  1. Marinate the turkey meat.
  2. Slice the fish, make sure not to slice it too thin.  Marinate the fish.
  3. In a non-stick medium pot, add all the plain congee and 2 - 3 cups of hot water.  Stir evenly and then cover, bring to a boil.  After about 2 minutes, add the marinated turkey meat.  Cover, about 2 minutes, add the fish slices.  Make sure to add the slices one by one.  Stir everything evenly, add salt.  Cover, let it cook for 4 - 5 minutes.  Now transfer to serving bowls.  Enjoy!