I was talking on the phone with my good friend Shereen last week and we were discussing MFF theme for this month and I told her I don’t really know much about food from Kedah or Perlis. She gave me a few suggestions including this rice porridge. Well, since I have all the ingredients in hand I decided to do just that.
Every state in Malaysia will have its version of Rice Porridge also known as Bubur Lambuk. What make this heartwarming dish so popular? It is available during the Ramadan month and it is prepared and distributed to the public for free throughout the whole month of Ramadan in the spirit goodwill. Usually this rice porridge would be cooked at the mosque compound for easy distribution. Cooking this involves a lot of effort and many volunteers will help stirring many big pots of this rice porridge. This rice porridge is very similar to Chinese version except for the addition of coconut milk, lemongrass and fenugreek in it. I actually like it a lot and will definitely cook this again.
Adapted from Betty Saw The Complete Malaysian Cookbook
400 gram long grain rice
2 liter or more of water
190ml coconut milk (I used 100ml)
240 gram chicken – cut into long small strip
240 gram peeled shrimps
1” ginger – julienned
1 lemongrass - smash (I used 2 stalk)
1 tsp fenugreek
Salt and pepper to taste
Chopped spring onions
1. Wash the rice and boil the rice with the water. Once it is boiling add in the lemongrass, ginger and fenugreek. Turn down and heat and continue to simmer until all the grains are broken down and thick consistency. Add a bit more water if needed.
2. Put in the chicken and continue to cook for another 5 minutes. Add in the shrimps. Cook until the shrimps turns pink in color.
3. Add in salt and pepper and lastly stir in the coconut milk. Bring it up to a boil and turn off the heat. Check seasonings.
4. Serve the porridge warm and garnish it with lettuce, spring onions and fried shallots.
I am submitting this to MFF Kedah Perlis Month hosted by Table for 2...or more
I am also submitting this dish to to Muhibbah Malaysian Monday roundup, created and hosted by Sharon of Test with a Skewer and Suresh of 3 Hungry Tummies.