Saturday 25 July 2009

Savory Oatmeal Porridge - 麥片粥

Oatmeal is usually used to make porridge or act as an one of the ingredient in oatmeal cookies or oat cakes. Sometime it is use as a topping on many oat bran breads. Research shows that Daily consumption of a bowl of oatmeal can lower blood cholesterol, due to its soluble fiber content.

This is my very 1st attempt in cooking Savoury Oatmeal which really worried me before the final end product being served. But to my surprised these really turn out well and it taste just as similar as to those "Cantonese Porridge - 广东粥" texture. To further enhance the fragrant of the porridge, I even prepared some pan-fried shredded ginger to use as garnish.

As for this recipe, I use this "Quaker - Quick Cook Oatmeal" which you can purchase in most supermarket. You can add your preference amount of Oatmeal to the thicken the porridge to the consistency that you want the it to be.

Ingredients: (Serves 2)
5 - 6 Tablespoons of Quick Cook Oatmeal
3 Imitation Crab Meat, diced
100g Of Mince Pork
1 Egg, lightly beaten
600ml of Water/Stock
Chopped Spring Onion & Coriander
Pan-fried Shredded Ginger, optional

1. Marinate the mince meat with some light soy sauce, pepper and sesame oil and set aside.
2. Preheat a saucepan with some oil, lightly fry the diced crab meat until done, then add in the marinated mince meat.
3. Give it a quick stir until the meat are well separated and cook through.
4. Add in the water and bring it to almost boiling point then add in the quick cook oatmeal.
5. When the mixture come to boil again, low the heat and simmer for about 5 minutes then season to taste.
6. Switch off the heat, remove the pot from the stove, then drizzle in the beaten egg and give it a quick stir.
7. Serve in the bowl with extra topping of chopped coriander, spring onion and shredded ginger.

a) To make the pan-fried shredded ginger:-
~ Preheat a small pan with about 1 tablespoon or more of oil, then add in 1 tablespoon of shredded ginger, saute it over medium low heat.
~ Stir consistency until the ginger turns almost golden in colour, switch off the heat, remove the shredded ginger and set aside in a small saucer.
~ Pour some of the oil over it so as to drizzle on the porridge or noodle.

At a glance of it, you will definitely mistaken it as the usual "Mince Pork Porridge" that we used to have in the Asian way of cooking. So do give this a try to serve Oatmeal in a new taste compare to the sweet flavour varieties that we used to have for breakfast.Posted by Picasa


  1. Did this tasted weird Ellena?
    Sounds weird to me honestly...

  2. wow, you have me fooled, really look like chok! Such a delicious and nutritious breakfast to wake up to :)

  3. Hi Quinn,

    Hahaha.. at first i also thought this will sound and taste weird...but the end result is good.. it's very smooth and fragrant...or i can say is better than porridge... :)

    Hi Noobcook,

    At a glance you will sure be fooled by it outlook.. but then other than it might look like "Chok", it also taste like one :p

  4. Hi Ellena,

    I have passed the Kreativ Blogger Award to you. Happy Baking!

  5. I'm going to give this a try again. I did that many years ago when NTUC Fairprice Supermarket has a sample store demonstrating how to use oats as porridge.

  6. Yeah, it really looks like porridge to me from the first glance. A healthy yet delicious meal for the family!

  7. I've tried this recipe, very nice indeed! Thanks for sharing.

  8. Hi Wen,
    Thanks for the award, i will try to do it once my schedule is lighter :) Thanks.

    Hi phoebeluv,
    Do let me know how you find this if you do give it a try :p

    Hi FoodForTots,
    Hi..nice to see you around, so long nv see u update yr blog le...busy? I am sure this will be a healthy dish for a hearty breakfast too rite! :)

    Hi Lily,
    Thanks for your feedback, glad that you like it :)

  9. i never know oatmeal can substitue with rice to make porridge. I will definitely try it out. Thanks for the sharing the recipe! :)

  10. Hi delphanie,

    Thanks for poping by.... do share with us if you happen to give this a try :P Take care!

  11. Hello Ellena,

    Just want to drop you a note that I tried this recipe becos the Husband is not feeling well. hahaa and i modified by using fish and mixed veg. It still works beautifully! Thanks for the recipe :)

    Actually i dislike oats, so this was a nice change :D Dun mind cooking this to replace the usual white rice haha.

    1. Hi there,

      Glad that this recipe works for you and I am sure you would enjoy it with different combination of ingredients :)

  12. Hi Ellena,

    Thks for sharing, I'm on my way to a great dieting menu with this recipe..
    I had nv like sweet oats, now this savory one will really get me started! ;))


    1. Hi Michelle, glad that you have found something to suits your liking :)

  13. Hi Ellena,

    i tried it last weekend, and it was really good.
    my husband and my 2yo boy love it.

    thank you for sharing.


    1. Hi Ria,

      Thanks for your feedback, indeed this is a great way to replace the our usual way of eating sweet oatmeal :)

  14. Hi Ellena,
    This recipe is really good. I tried cooking it this morning, both my husband and I enjoyed it very much. This shall be part of my diet menu. LOL.


    1. Hi Jackie,

      Glad that both you and your hubby love this :)

  15. can i use the red packet of quick oats instead?


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