Too much of a good thing…

After all the good, rich food served during the Chinese New Year celebration, by the 3rd Day or so, I would be not be craving for that kind of stuff anymore and would rather have something simple instead. As a matter of fact, by dinner on the 2nd Day, my daughter was already asking for fried egg to eat with her plain rice.

In view of this, the next morning, I decided to cook some fish porridge. For that, I washed a cup of rice and added 6 cups of water to it inthe rice cooker and switched it on. In the meantime, I threw in around 6 thin slices of ginger, a few pandan (screwpine) leaves, knotted and some Chinese celery. I also added a tablespoon of sesame oil and half a teaspoon of salt and msg…or more, according to taste. Then I cut a stalk of leek into thin slices and threw that in as well, followed by thickly-sliced fish fillet.

When the porridge is ready, I served that piping hot, garnished with a bit of Chinese celery leaves…

STP's fish porridge

Needless to say, everybody enjoyed that.

As a matter of fact, even this would be a welcome change…

Mee Daddy - curry noodles

…after all those sweet cakes and cookies…or is it just me? A simple man, more at home with a very much simpler cuisine unlike what we have been having over the past few days?

Author: suituapui

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25 thoughts on “Too much of a good thing…”

  1. I wan that too for my brekkie. Otw to klia at 5 am. Early trips sucks

    Where are you off to? Indonesia again? Got mistress there kah? LOL!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

    1. Is that superweightkaola up there? LOL… if it is… he goes off for work lah… ada mistress, cari mati meh, the bini poison him to death later.

      Muahahahahaha!!! Mana tau…SUPER koala – big, cute and cuddly! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. Agree with you…after days of good food, you just want something simple. I didn’t do any terror cooking this CNY but we ate well in fact that by Saturday night,we just couldn’t stomach another heavy meal. End up,I cooked rice and fried eggs and drizzled with light soy sauce…Heaven,I tell you. My son commented that was the best meal..ever!..hahahaha. All of us had 2 plates of rice with 2 eggs.
    Love porridge. Yours look so yum…dinner will be porridge today.

    Exactly what my daughter had for dinner the 2nd Day. She tried eating…but I guess she found that she just could not stomach anymore, so she asked if she could have fried egg to go with her plain white rice. Enjoy your porridge! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Niceeee! I oso like simple… I’ll be cooking gulai ikan kering or just fry the salted fish later today and have it wif plain rice. LOL… finally got my salted fish from the kucing’s family.

    Gulai…hubby got fever, anak laosai…cannot eat that lah! Porridge and salted fish, ok dah…

  4. I was not surprised when the skirt I wore this morning was so much tighter than the last time I wore it.. yes, taking porridge is very welcoming.. something clear and oiless..

    I think I’m all right…did not actually eat a lot. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. OOhh I certainly am eyeing that bowl of noodles for now!! Curry flavour please!! ๐Ÿ˜›

    That’s curry flavour all right. Made-in-Sibu Mee Daddy! LOL!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  6. Great recipe. What fish did you use? And did you wait for the rice to cook before you throw in all that stuff? And fish goes in last? I like the simple life style too, like my friend said, chiak buoi puei kung chui (excuse the transliteration).

    I just used the inexpensive fish fillet from the cold storage supermarket here. Everything went in earlier except the fish – only when the porridge is almost done – scared that the fish would disintegrate in the extended intensive boiling of the porridge.

  7. just had beef maggi noodles for lunch with a ‘longpau’and it never tasted sooo good! yeah too much of a good thing can be very ‘lejuk’ sometimes, simplicity is the key ๐Ÿ™‚

    See! I’m not the only one… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  8. that is why good/lavish food should only be prepared seldom so we would appreciate them ๐Ÿ™‚

    simple cuisine is always okay because it is familiar making us feel always at home ๐Ÿ™‚

    Yup…once in a while but around the Chinese New Year season, we usually would cook a lot for guests and everytime they ate, we would also eat a bit with them…and in the end, we would get so tired of it all. I prefer simple food too – save the special stuff for special occasions.

  9. i am today… too much too filled up too everything… this is the part of CNY that i dislike…

    I’m ok…did not overeat – just tired and no appetite, would prefer something plain and simple.

  10. instant noodle hahaha…one of my “regular” meal :p

    Gong Xi Fatt Chai ๐Ÿ˜€

    The modern mum, eh? No sweat, you’re definitely not alone… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  11. the porridge look nice. but doesn’t fish porridge is fishy? maybe the ginger make it not fishy… but i hate ginger

    I’m not a fan of ginger either…so don’t put too much. No fishy smell at all… ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. We don’t have “rich food” for last few days, just simple food. Most of the time eat out, lazy to cook since just four of us at home. Most of the coffee shop also closed for the first two days. My boys was craving for the chicken rice, finally we found a shop selling chicken rice on the 3rd day, and they appreciate their plate of chicken rice so much. LOL

    Make sure you come back to Sibu around this time next year – sure you will have lots of nice things to eat. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  13. We had a lot of good food at my in-law’s place on New Year’s eve reunion dinner. So much that there were enough leftovers for the next day’s lunch and dinner! (Actually, I suspect that’s my in-law’s strategy….do all the hard work, then rest on CNY day!) Second day, we had simple vegetarian lunch with my parents’ side and ate out for dinner. By the third day, most of us were quite “jelak” with all the rice and “heavy” dishes…. I made sandwiches for lunch and spagetti for dinner ๐Ÿ™‚ But it was a pleasant CNY overall.

    Ya…so much food, eating the same things for so many days. That’s why my daughter got tried of it…didn’t want anymore and would rather have simple porridge instead.

  14. all i want now is Maggi Mee tomyam and no more lousang.. enough is enough **too much of a good thing, ain’t good either** but I thank god for my blessings.

    Yes, and may we continue to be blessed and the year ahead be plentiful…We do not have lousang/yee sang here – not in the Foochow culture…though some may have it for their reunion dinners – special order.

  15. same here, too much rich chinese new year food can be overwhelming. But normally the cny dishes my mum cooks will be out by the 2nd day of cny, then we’ll have new dishes to eat! Hehe

    Ya…our problem is we cook a lot for those who drop by and we join them when they eat and chit-chat with them, so they will not be shy. It was quite o.k. with me…but after two days, my daughter felt that she had more than enough already…

  16. so true! i also craving for something plain n simple to eat after the 2nd day CNY. how come like dat one ah?? so weird la! LOL! but i just couldnt stop myself from eating those little mandarin oranges!!! >.<

    Me too! Not a fan of oranges but I would eat one or two after every meal – to prevent constipation from eating too much meat. LOL!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  17. โ™ซ
    Nobody gets too much *food* no more
    It’s much harder to come by
    I’m waiting in line
    Nobody gets too much *food* anymore
    It’s as high as a mountain
    And harder to *eat*..{guess the song}

    Live in moderation..haha. Like your way of cooking fish porridge.. next time will do it your way..tQ.

    Coming from you, it has got to be the Bee Gees! Too much heaven! LOL!!! ๐Ÿ˜€ Go ahead and give it a try – you’ll love it, I’m sure. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. Uncle what are you doing up so late pass your bedtime already I gonna spank you muaahhhh.

      Spank? Did somebody say “spank”??? Ooooo….ahhhh!!!! Ooooo….ahhhh!!!! LOL!!! ๐Ÿ˜€ Ooi…kim chio! Muaahhh = kiss lah! Muahahahahahaha is a hearty laugh. Now I’m worried! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Muahahahahaha!!!!

  18. I saw Foong tweeted instant noodles too after all the CNY food! I guess it is a welcoming sight after all the greasy and heavy meals! ๐Ÿ˜€

    Happy Chinese New Year to you Arthur and family too ๐Ÿ™‚

    Same to you and yours. Hope you had a great one.

  19. i will try d recipe for the porridge. i never used d ricecooker to cook porridge. i still use a pot hehehehehhe thks for d recipe STP….cheers!

    Use a pot also the same. Easier to use a rice cooker but once the boiling starts, must open the lid separuh…otherwise, will boil over and make a mess. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  20. haha i have been having instant noodles for breakfast for a few days during CNY. that is the best thing to eat there! so sad…

    Ceylonese food not like Indian food? I love Indian…but maybe not there. Always hear horror stories about people falling sick from eating there.

  21. I also have the same experience whenever the Holiday Season ends. I am satiated with the sweet foods that I miss the simpler dishes that my Mom cooks every ordinary day.

    Too much of a good thing isn’t one… We always want to go back to the simple things in life.

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