The family hasn’t been feeling all that well lately, probably due to the haze. There’s a lot of coughing going around at home. Appetite hasn’t been all that great, so making food that are both easily consumable, and nourishing was my way of helping the family feel better. The Thais have this as part of their breakfast, very much like how we will eat congee in the morning.
We are not a family that likes congee, especially the girls. The girls prefers something with more of a bite as compared to the mushy texture of congee. Plus, who doesn’t like slurping on soup? The broth was made with ginger and lemongrass. Ginger has many healing benefits, to aid digestion, fight flu/cold, reduce nausea, has anti-inflammatory properties, reduce muscle soreness and aches, lower blood sugar, decrease risk of heart disease, fight infections… just to name a few. And lemongrass has many therapeutic properties too. It is a good source of vitamins A and C, folate, folic acid, magnesium, zinc, copper, iron, potassium, phosphorus, calcium and manganese. Some of it’s medicinal properties includes analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antidepressant, antiseptic, antibacterial, antifungal, astringent, insecticidal, sedative, and that’s not the whole list.
When herbs and spices such as ginger, garlic, and lemongrass comes together. You can be so certain that it will be a dish packed full of flavours. The husband was dubious when he first saw a bowl of rice with clear broth. However, when he took his first spoonful, his eyes opened wider as it lit up. Looked at me and said, “Wow!”. And his face was inseparable from the bowl. lol! I used prawn and pork as my protein here, because that is my family’s preference. You can also use chicken, fish, beef, seafood, or even tofu slices with vegetable broth and soy sauce to make it a vegetarian alternative.
In celebration of Le Creuset‘s 90th anniversary, I am hosting a 5 pcs Le Creuset Skillet Bundle giveaway worth $572! Stand a chance to win the bundle that includes:
- 1 Skillet 26cm in Dijon Yellow
- 1 Spatula medium in Caribbean Blue
- 1 Silicone handle sleeve in Caribbean Blue
- 1 Bowl in Dijon Yellow
- 1 Bowl in Caribbean Blue
To take part in this giveaway, simply complete the rafflecopter at the end of the post.
- 250g pork fillet, sliced
- 16 shrimp, peeled and cleaned
- 6 cups pork or chicken broth
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 lemongrass, bruised and cut to 2 inch pieces
- 6-8 slices of ginger
- 2 tbsp fish sauce or to taste
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tbsp shaoxing wine
- 1 tsp corn flour
- white pepper to taste
- 1/4 cup chopped chinese celery
- 2 tbsp chopped spring onion
- 2 tbsp chopped coriander
- Juice of 1 lime
- 1 heaping tsp of sugar or to taste
- 2 tbsp sesame/peanut oil
- 4 servings of cooked white rice
- Fried shallot to garnish
- Thai chilli flakes (optional)
- Marinate pork in soy sauce, shao xing wine, white pepper, and corn flour.
- Heat pan, and add sesame oil.
- Stir-fry garlic, and ginger until garlic begin to turn golden.
- Add pork, and stir-fry until pork is no longer pink.
- Pour in stock, lemongrass, and season with fish sauce.
- Bring to boil and allow to simmer for 3-5 minutes.
- Then add prawns, lime juice, and sugar.
- Allow to cook for a minute.
- Add celery, parsley, and spring onion, then allow to cook until prawn is done.
- Remove from heat and serve over cooked rice.
- Garnish with fried shallow and thai chilli flakes.
- Use tofu instead of pork and shrimp.
- Substitute stock with vegetable stock, and use soy sauce instead of fish sauce.
To take part in this giveaway, simply complete the rafflecopter below!
This giveaway ends on Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at 12:00 a.m. Singapore time (GMT+8). Giveaway bundle includes: Skillet 26cm in Dijon yellow x 1, Spatula medium in Caribbean x 1, Silicone handle sleeve in Caribbean x 1, Bowl in Dijon x 1, Bowl in Caribbean x 1. The winner will be selected by random.org and will contacted by email. The winner will need to respond within 48 hours. If there is no response from the winner after 48 hours, another winner will be selected. The winner will need to self-collect the prize at Le Creuset’s office; therefore, it is open to Singapore entrants only.