This must be a staple with Hongkongers and Cantonese. I have it so often, it has become a routine.
The century egg always reminds me of my days in the university. I was in the Science Faculty in the National University of Singapore and we were the ‘kampong’ (or rural) folks. The rest of the schools were centralized while our school was in the remotest area of the campus. Our canteen was also supposed to be the worst.
However, I managed to always find something to eat. It was almost always century eggs with porridge, simply because that stall used to have the shortest queue in the canteen. I would watch as the canteen lady cut the egg with a piece of string. I would also ask for a dollop of ikan billis with nuts. That’s about what I eat everyday when I was an undergraduate.
I had thought that century egg was to be eaten with any kind of porridge until I started visiting Hong Kong often when I started working. I realized that in Hong Kong, it was most common to have century eggs with lean pork meat. So, I started making this for myself, and pretty regularly.
I know, I know. The health nuts among us will tell me it is full of lead, and with the recent WHO announcement, red meat is not encouraged as well. This whole bowl is not a ‘healthy’ dish by Western standards: century eggs with lead, the red meat that ‘may’ cause cancer, the white rice that is carbohydrates. But you know, half an egg, 30g of red meat, 1/4 cup of rice, so I believe anything in moderation can only be good for us.
1 cup rice (I use basmati, but jasmine, broken rice will all do)
4 cups of stock
1/2 kg pork bones
10 garlic cloves
5 slices of ginger
1 tsp bullion
200g lean pork (very thinly sliced)
1 Tbsp Sesame oil
1 Tbsp Soya Sauce
1 Tbsp Rice wine
1 tsp White pepper (ground)
1 egg (optional)
1 tsp sesame oil
Cut red chillies (optional)
2 century eggs (shelled)
- Marinade the pork
- Sometimes, I use an electric pressure cooker and leave the rice, pork bones, bullion, garlic and ginger and stock in the pot overnight, and set a timer to start 30 minutes before I wake up. When I wake up, the porridge will be ready.
- If you do not have the pressure cooker, boil the ingredients into a deep pot and boil over medium heat till the rice is broken, about 45 minutes.
- Add the seasoned pork, and bring it to boil again.
- Add the toppings and serve immediately.