This dish is one of those childhood favorites that lingers fondly in one’s memory. It is eaten as often at breakfast as it is for a midnight snack, rather like a Chinese “cream of wheat.” A variety of ingredients can be added (such as fish, meats, vegetables, thousand-year-old eggs), depending on one’s mood. The starch from the rice gradually thickens the porridge as it slowly simmers. It is a great way to use up leftovers and also reheats well.
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