Lao Style Potato Rice Soup for Breakfast

Christmas wouldn’t be complete without a Christmas dinner. Whether you prefer to cook a traditional turkey dinner or if you prefer to grill some hamburgers, you will need to start your day with some breakfast first. Breakfast after all is the most important meal of the day. Since our bodies have been fasting all night, we need to give it a jolt to wake it up. What better way to do this than a good hearty breakfast to warm our hearts and our bodies on a cold Christmas morning? Whether you choose to open presents on Christmas eve or Christmas day, make a delicious and heart warming rice soup for the whole family to enjoy. This dish is also known as rice congee. In many Asian countries, congee or rice porridge is a very popular dish that is eaten for breakfast and can be eaten through out the day. In Laos they call it, “kao piek” where kao means rice and piek means wet. It consist of pork or chicken, Jasmine rice, rounds onions, and it is garnished with fried garlic, pepper sauce, green onions, and cilantro. Each person seems to make their own version of the rice soup. For me, I like to add potatoes to mine. It gives it a more thick and hearty consistency. Follow my easy recipe to make your own pot using your black and decker rice cooker.

Preparations and Supply List

– Potatoes – 4 Cubed or sliced Potatoes
– White Rice – 2 Cups; Preferably Jasmine Rice
– Round white onions – 1 Chopped round onion
– Scallions/Green onions – Chopped for garnishing
– Cilantro – Chopped for garnishing
– Soy Sauce – 4 Tablespoon (Preferably the “La Choy” brand, but the “Great Value” brand from Walmart will do)
– Chicken (Optional) – 1lb Diced Chicken breast
– Chicken Stock or Chicken Broth – 1 can of Chicken broth or 1/2 cup of Chicken stock
– Salt – 1 Tablespoon
– Sugar – 1 Tablespoon
– Garlic – Chopped and fried for garnishing
– Black Pepper
– Olive oil or vegetable

The approximate cooking time will be around 45 minutes to an hour. The preparations are very easy and the cost is minimal. If there isn’t an Asian store in your area, you can purchase the “La Choy” soy sauce and Jasmine rice from your neighborhood Walmart. If you live in the Orlando area, follow my guide to some of the top recommended Asian stores to visit.

The Process and The Recipe

In a medium to large cooking pot, add chicken(optional), potatoes, onions, 1 tablespoon salt, 1 tablespoon sugar, 4 tablespoon soy sauce, 1 can of chicken broth or 1/2 cup of chicken stock. Fill the pot with water up to the top. Turn the heart to medium high to the number 7 on your stove. Stir the contents around and allow the chicken and potatoes to cook for 15 to 20 minutes or until the potatoes are starting to soften up. After 20 minutes, add 2 cups of rice into the pot and stir. Lower the heat to medium or number 5 on your stove. Cover the pot and let the contents cook for another 30 minutes or until the rice is cooked or until the soup is thickened. Make sure to stir the pot frequently.

While the soup is cooking, let’s prepare our garnishing. In a frying pan, fry a head of garlic with olive oil or vegetable oil until the garlic is brown. Put the fried garlic aside in a separate bowl or container to cool. Next, go ahead and chop the cilantro and green onions. Once you’re done chopping, you can mix these two together and put it aside to garnish the soup.

By now, the soup should be thickened and ready to serve. For garnishing, add a desired amount of fried garlic and green onions and cilantro into the individual bowls. This will enhance the flavors of the soup. The soup will be very hot and steamy, so be very careful when eating. Make sure to blow at your spoonful until the soup is warm enough to eat. Once you take your first spoonful, I guarantee that it will warm your body and soul. And for those who are sick with a cold or the flu, this will definitely give you the energy to enjoy the holidays. If there are leftovers, you can most definitely use this as a side dish during dinner time. Enjoy this delicious Christmas breakfast and Happy Holidays everyone!

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