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Healthier Century Egg Porridge with Oats

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Adjust Servings:
1/2 cup Oats Instant or Quick Cook
1/4 Century Egg Cut into small pcs
1 Egg
1.5 cup Water
1 tsp Light Soya Sauce
1/4 tsp mushroom powder
dash White Pepper
1 tsp Fish Sauce
1 tsp Sesame Oil
Meat Balls
60g Minced Pork
20g Fish Paste
1/2 tsp Tapioca Starch
1 tsp Hua Diao Wine
1/2 tbsp Sesame Oil
1 sprig Coriander
Dash White Pepper
1 tbsp Ice Fish 银鱼 Fried
1 tbsp Spring Onion Finely chopped
1 tbsp Coriander Finely chopped
1 tsp Fried Shallot
1 tsp Sesame Oil
Dash White Pepper
1/4 Century Egg cut into small pieces

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Healthier Century Egg Porridge with Oats

Instant, healthy and tasty Century Egg porridge made with Oats.

  • 10 min
  • Serves 1
  • Easy


  • Meat Balls

  • Toppings



Yes, this is a porridge cooked using only oats and no rice. I love porridge. Be it century egg porridge or fish sliced porridge. But in recent years, I do sometimes feel sleepy after eating congee. A sign that the sugars are rather high. Or maybe I need to eat that much to feel full because congee is pretty watery.

Recently I discovered savoury way of eating oats.  An idea struck me. The texture of oats is so soft, it is like congee. Maybe I can use oats instead of rice… Wah, that means this is a quick cook century egg porridge and much healthier!

With that thought in my mind, it took me 2 weeks to finally get down to trying the recipe for a lazy lunch just now. OMG it is really instant porridge. I can cook it a little longer to make the oats softer, but I am happy with it as it is. I only cooked this for less than 5 minutes.

This huge bowl was probably a little too much for me. This is about 3/4 cup oats with 3 cups water. I will recommend revising it to 1/2 cup oats per pax and 1.5 cups water for a single person. If you want it to be stickier, then use slightly more than 1 cup of water. I think this really opens up a lot of possibilities! Pork ribs porridge, BKT porridge, mixed porridge, etc… Let your creativity roll!!

BTW, need to rave a bit on the meatballs. These are not like the bak chor mee type of meatballs. These are home made, minced meat balls. They are also really nice and springy with loads of flavour. I usually use meat minced from front leg of the pig. This cut is more tender and has a small amount of fats so it is less dry but not too fat. I also added a tsp of tapioca starch and 30% of fish paste so that the meat balls are more bouncy and not so meaty and nicely flavoured with the fish paste. No salt needed as the fish paste is already seasoned. Simply season with a little sesame oil, a dash of hua diao wine and pepper. Bursts of flavour that are so good! If this is for a quick breakfast on a weekday, I will prepare the meatballs or whatever ingredients the night before and let them sit covered in the fridge. So all I have to do the next morning is boil water, throw the meatballs and oats in.

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5 min

Prepare meatballs

Mix the ingredients together evenly and stir well to incorporate and till paste is smooth. The fish paste gets a better texture when the paste is smooth.

Using a teaspoon, scoop out a lump of the paste and roll it quickly on your cupped fingers to form a ball. As this is a sticky paste, I prefer not to use palm as it will get all over the hands.

Leave about 2 tsp worth of minced meat paste to be incorporated loosely into porridge.

This can be done the night before if you are preparing this dish for a quick breakfast in the morning.

2 min

Cook meatballs

Add water for porridge in a pot and bring to boil. Add meatballs and let it cook for till it is partially done usually 2 minutes.

3 min

Add Oats

Add oats and remainder of minced meat, stirring to break up the minced meat. Add half the century eggs. Let it cook for 3 minutes. Remove any foam that forms on top of the broth.


Season and Serve

Season with soya sauce, mushroom powder, etc. Stir well. Add egg, stir the egg to be in covered by the porridge. Turn off fire and pour out into a bowl.

Add garnish and serve.

Note: A mess free way of frying the ice fish or ikan bills is to place it in a bowl and add oil to cover then place in microwave for 1 min or toaster for 5 min or till golden brown.


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