I was just down visiting my friend Sabine down in Portland and she made this wonderful Korean breakfast for me while I was there. It was a hot Porridge made with Black Sesame Seeds and Sticky Rice and topped with Pine Nuts. It is very much a kind of Congee or Jook and can be eaten sweet or savory. She tops hers with Maple Syrup, but I had to make Shredded Eggs for mine and I drizzled a small amount of Tamari and Toasted Sesame Oil on top. It was so nourishing and delicious! Besides that, Sesame Seeds are an amazing healthy food. In Chinese Medicine, they are considered very good for the Kidneys. They are also supposed to make your hair grow, nourish your blood and in addition, treats dry skin. Sabine based this recipe on one found in Quick and Easy Korean Cooking, although she changed the proportion of Sesame Seeds to Water. The only thing you have to remember is to soak the Rice the night before. The recipe for Shredded Eggs is one that I have been making since childhood. This is a wonderful breakfast for a cold morning and one I really think you should make soon!
Black Sesame and Rice Porridge with Shredded Eggs
1 cup Short Grain Sticky Rice, soaked overnight
1 cup Black Sesame Seeds
4 cups of Water
1/2 cup toasted Pine Nuts
Combine the drained Sticky Rice and Sesame Seeds in a food processor or blender with 1 cup of the water. Pour into a medium pot and add the additional 3 cups water. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to a simmer. Cook for 25 minutes stirring often and add a bit more water if necessary.
Divide the Porridge into 4 bowls and top with Pine Nuts and serve with Shredded Eggs or Maple Syrup.
2 Eggs, beaten lightly
2 teaspoons vegetable Oil
2 teaspoons Tamari
1 teaspoon toasted Sesame Oil
Heat the Oil in a 10 inch frying pan. Pour in the Eggs and tilt pan so that a thin layer of egg covers the entire pan. Cook until the top is nearly dry and roll with a spatula onto a plate. Let cool slightly and cut into thirds and then into shreds. Place on a serving plate or in a bowl and drizzle with the Tamari and Sesame Oil.
Five Element Analysis
Black Sesame Seeds are a great Water Food, because they are seeds but also because they are black. The Eggs and Pine Nuts along with the Tamari and Sesame Oil all add even more of the Water Element. The Rice brings it the Metal Element and the fact that it is a Porridge makes it a bit of the Earth Element as well. So, make sure you add in some foods from the other Elements later in the day.