This porridge is slightly modified from the Longevity Eight Treasure Congee (Babaozhou), but the basic idea is the same!
(Yields: 14 bowls, Serving: 14, Prep time: 10 mins, Cook time: 2 hrs 15 mins)
- 1 cup brown rice
- 1/4 cup black rice
- 1/4 cup sweet white rice
- 1/4 cup glutinous white rice
- 1/4 cup millets
- 1/4 cup goji berries
- 1/4 cup lotus seeds
- 1/4 cup barley
- 1/4 cup red kidney beans
- 1/4 cup dried longans
- 10 dried red dates (see note*)
- 2 tablespoons dried seedless hawthorn
- 1 tablespoon flax seeds
- 1 tablespoon walnuts
- 10 cups water
- 2 tablespoons honey
Most of these ingredients can easily be bought at an Asian supermarket like this.
The red dates are not the usual ones you buy in the shopping centre, but bought in a packet from the Asian Grocery Store.
Soak the beans and lotus seeds overnight. (I was a silly goose and forgot!)
Chop the dates into small pieces and remove the seed in the middle.
Check the dried hawthorns and remove seeds if you find them.
Drain beans and lotus seeds, then add all the ingredients into a big pot and stir.
Add the water and leave everything sitting for a further 2 hours.
Turn the stove on high and let it boil for 20 minutes.
Turn the heat on medium-low (around 3) and cook for about two hours.
When the porridge is nice and thick after about 1 hour and 45 minutes, add the 2 tablespoons of honey.
Serve warm or chilled.
Important: Don’t bite hard on it because sometimes, a seed or two slip and will be hard as rock and will destroy your teeth if you bite down very hard.