Com Chao

Hi again! This weekend, I reverted to a favorite home remedy.  I have the best memories with this food. It was my breakfast before I started school, it was my my medicine when I had a stomachache and it was my mushy food when I got my wisdom tooth pulled out.

This is the ultimate comfort food, and Mr. Lumberjack needed all the comfort he could get. Mr.Lumberjack has been super ill the past 5 days. Of course, I was worried, so I googled foods he could eat. Googled spit out white rice and bingo! Asians eat tons of white rice, and that is how I got here- Com Chao.

Com Chao is a rice porridge. It is overcooked rice that soaks up the broth. You end up getting a very thick porridge. The taste is very plain, so you have a lot of freedom to season how you like. You can put ginger, soy sauce, Thai chili peppers, sesame seeds and/or fried Chinese dough bread.

I made this com chao vegan by using Trader Joe’s low sodium vegetable broth. You won’t be seeing a pretty white color with this broth. It will be brown. Pretty much the rice will turn any color your broth is. In the typical dish, you boil the chicken, skim the gunk and used the water as broth. That is how you get the com chao as white as possible.

No matter how you decide to do it, it will be easy and simple. And with a lot things, the best things are the simplest.


Com Chao

Makes 2 servings

Ingredients:

1/2 cup jasmine rice
1 quart vegetable broth
1 tbs fresh, minced ginger
1 tbs fresh, chopped green onions
Soy sauce, to taste

Guidelines:

  1. Put rice and vegetable broth in a tall pot.
  2. Boil broth and then bring to a simmer for another hour.
  3. Stir often so the rice doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pot.
  4. With 10 minutes left, toss in minced ginger.
  5. Once simmering is done, mixture should be thick.
  6. Serve with soy sauce and green onions.

-Amy

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