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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Mei Tau & Tapioca Porridge

                When I attended a cooking class, this was a bonus recipe that the Chef gave us; a Chef after my own heart as he is very generous in terms of the food he prepared for us to eat and in sharing his expertise and I am a sweet porridge person probably due to the fact that back in the old days when we didnt have much street food stalls or cafes :( or probably, our pockets were not as flushed as the young kids/students of present time.  Our supply of desserts were made either by our granny or our mum; our humble thanks to them but one thing for sure, we were satisfied with what we were given even the fact we didnt have much toys back then; we were never short of fun as we played more field games; we made use of stones, sticks, rubber bands, etc, etc in our games and we had such great fun; games that the present generation probably have not played.  Again, my humble apologies for being side tracked from the subject matter but I do think that regalling some "stories" makes it more interesting than just typing a recipe that is, if I am a reader in someone's blog of food :)

                Ingredients

                600 gm            Mei Tau/Black Eye Beans, wash & discard the floating beans
                400 gm            Tapioca
                    5 Litres        Water
                300 - 400 ml     *Santan
                    2                   Pandan Leaves
                    1"                  Young Ginger, smashed
                                         Gula Melaka
                                         Pinch of Salt
            
               Thickening agent - Rice Flour + Water

               Method
  1. Bring the 5 litres of water to boil.  When water starts to boil, add in the Black Eye Bean, Gula Melaka & smashed Ginger.
  2. When the Black Eye Bean is 3/4 cooked, add in the Tapioca.
  3. When both are cooked, add in the Santan, the amount depending on your personal liking.
  4. Then thicken the porridge with rice flour solution.
               Comments:-

                 You can also add:-

                    (a)  Sago;
                    (b)  1 egg [whisk the egg.  Add the whisked egg gradually;
                    (c)  Pisang Raja - Slice then caramalise the sliced bananas with 2 Tablesp sugar
                          short while till bananas are semi transparent then add into the porridge before
                          adding the rice flour solution.

                               Enjoy, till my next post, xoxo, Ophelia

               

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