I had been eating a lot of oatmeal this winter as it has been a nice warming morning dish but I have been getting sick of doing the sweet kinds. Normally I have been adding milk, chopped apples, raisins, frozen berries, brown sugar, bananas, maple syrup, etc and have been getting pretty bored with it. So this morning I decided to switch it up a bit and try something a bit savory. I was going for something resembling congee and it came it fairly well.
Recipe done with quick cooking oats.
I boiled the water to which I added a slice of minced ginger and half a clove of minced garlic. When this had boiled for about a minute I added the oats and about a teaspoon of mirin. When this reached my desired consistency I took it off the stove and garnished with soy sauce, bonito flakes, scallions and a few drops of sesame oil.
This ended up being very fulfilling and a nice shot of umami goodness in the morning. I am going to try some different variations here as I bet this would be good with some Lap Cheong or a fried egg as well. I also might try cooking with dashi instead of water which might be too much but is worth a shot.
Does anyone have other ways of savory oatmeal?