Okay, okay, okay, I know what you’re thinking. “Porridge? Really?” But hear me out, folks. This ain’t your grandma’s plain-old oatmeal. We’re talking about Ginger Honey Okayu, AKA Japanese Rice Porridge. And trust me, with a little help from my favorite kitchen gadget, the Zojirushi Rice Cooker, this dish is sure to please even the most skeptical breakfast eaters out there.
First up, let’s take a look at what we’ll need to make this magic happen.
– 1 cup short-grain white rice
– 4 cups water
– 1/2 tsp salt
– 1/4 cup honey
– 1 tbsp grated fresh ginger
– 1/4 cup milk (optional)
Now, I don’t know about you, but when I look at that list, I’m thinking, “Eh, nothing too crazy.” Short-grain rice? Check. Honey? Check. Ginger? Check. Salt? Okay, we’re good to go.
So, let’s get started. The first step is to rinse your rice until the water runs clear. This will help remove excess starch and ensure you end up with nice, fluffy porridge.
Once your rice is rinsed, add it to your Zojirushi Rice Cooker along with the water and salt. Pop on the lid, hit the “porridge” setting, and let it work its magic. (If you don’t have a Zojirushi Rice Cooker, fear not. You can still make this recipe on the stovetop. Just bring your rice, water, and salt to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.)
While your rice is cooking, it’s time to get started on that ginger honey goodness. In a small bowl, combine the honey and grated fresh ginger. Stir until well combined.
Once your rice cooker is finished, add the honey-ginger mixture to the pot and stir until everything is evenly distributed. If you’re feeling fancy, go ahead and stir in that optional 1/4 cup of milk for some extra creaminess.
And that’s it! You’re done! Wasn’t that easy?
Now, to serve, all you gotta do is spoon your porridge into bowls and top with your favorite toppings. Some sliced fruit, chopped nuts, or a sprinkle of cinnamon all work beautifully with this dish.
So, there you have it, folks. A delicious, nutritious breakfast (or anytime of day, really) dish that’s sure to please even the pickiest eaters out there. And hey, if all else fails, at least you’ll look super cool with your Zojirushi Rice Cooker like the one in the pic below. Amirite?
- 1 cup short-grain white rice
- 4 cups water
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 tbsp grated fresh ginger
- 1/4 cup milk (optional)
- Rinse rice until water runs clear.
- Add rice, water, and salt to rice cooker (or pot on stove top).
- Hit “porridge” setting and let rice cooker do its thing. If stove top, bring to boil, then reduce to simmer and cook for about 20 minutes.
- In a small bowl, combine honey and grated ginger.
- Once rice is finished cooking, stir in honey-ginger mixture.
- Add milk for optional creaminess.
- Serve in bowls and add desired toppings, such as fruit, nuts, or cinnamon.
So go ahead, whip up a batch of this Ginger Honey Okayu and show those naysayers what they’re missing. Or don’t. Do what you want. I’m not your boss. But seriously, it’s delicious.
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