Friday, July 29, 2011

Easy way to make an appetizing porridge (congee)

Porridge

Have you ever wished to make some smooth and soft porridge (congee), just like the porridge that you had in a restaurant? The simplest method which doesn’t consume much time is to use some leftover cooked rice. I don’t really like having a bowl of plain porridge so, I add some salted duck eggs to enhance the colour and tasty appetite of the food.

Ingredients (serve 2 people):
1/2 bowl leftover cooked rice
1 large pot with 4 bowls of water

In a bowl:
1 cooked salted duck egg (white)
1 preserved salted duck egg (black)

some dash of white pepper (optional)

Direction:
1. Boil a pot of water over high heat (high fire). Once it’s boiling, reduce the heat to low fire and add the cooked rice into the pot. Let it simmer for 20 minutes over low heat. Stir the pot constantly with a ladle so that, the rice won’t stick at the bottom of the pot.

2. While simmering, break and mix the salted duck eggs (white & black) with a fork in a bowl until they become small pieces.  Pour the mixture of salted duck eggs into the pot of rice and let it simmer for 30-45 minutes. Stir the pot constantly with a ladle while simmering.

3. When the porridge becomes soft and thick (as in the picture), turn off the heat (fire). Ladle into a bowl and dash some white pepper (optional) if you want to be slightly spicy.

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Monday, July 25, 2011

Beijing Forbidden Palace

Forbidden Palace or it’s also known as Forbidden City, is a major attraction site which is located in the middle of the city center in Beijing, China. Forbidden Palace was served as the former residence to the ancient Chinese emperors from the Ming dynasty to the end of Qing dynasty. You can get there by subway or taxi (cab). If you are taking a subway, you need to get down at Tian’anmen East (Line 1) and walk towards to Tian’anmen Square. On the other hand, if you take a taxi, you just mention 故宫 (gu gong). All the taxi drivers are able to take you there without much hassle. The entrance ticket isn’t cheap. It costs at least 60 yuan per person (US$10 per person) and you will spend 2-3 hours there.



Golden knobs on the doors at Forbidden Palace Beijing China (4)
Don't forget to touch the golden knobs of the doors
before walking into the palace as a symbol of good luck :)


Forbidden Palace
The entrance of Forbidden Palace


Chinese guardian lion statues at Forbidden Palace Beijing China
Chinese Guardian lion statues



The Hall of Supreme Harmony where grand ceremonies such as emperor’s enthronement, imperial wedding and title conferring took place at Forbidden Palace Beijing China
The Hall of Supreme Harmony where grand ceremonies such as emperor’s enthronement, imperial wedding and title conferring took place.



Beautiful architectural design at Forbidden Palace Beijing China
Beautiful architectural design


The design of dragons on the ceilings in Forbidden Palace at Beijing China
The design of dragons on the ceiling of the palace buildings


Stone cravings of mountains, sea and clouds fly nince dragons bearing the meaning of the emperor unifying the country at Forbidden Palace Beijing Chin
Stone cravings of mountains, sea and clouds fly nine dragons bearing the meaning of the emperor unifying the country




High walls around the Forbidden Palace to prevent intruders at Forbidden Palace Beijing China
High walls around the Forbidden Palace to prevent intruders.