Ba Bao Zhou
I was at an asian market today and bought several interesting items. I have no idea what a few of the things I bought are, but I thought I'd google them and find out. One thing I can't find a clear description of, or directions for, is ba bao zhou. Can anyone help? Thanks! Also, I expect to go back again next week, since I had such a good time wandering the aisles. Is there anything you recommend I try? It's a full size supermarket in Philly, called HK Supermarket. Everything from fresh seafood to fresh noodles and dumplings. Since I don't speak or read Chinese or Vietnamese, I had no idea what I was looking at...and the pictures on the package didn't always help.
Eight treasure congee - just boil it with a lot of water, more than double the amount you would use with regular rice, then simmer until creamy. You may need to add more water, . (The kind sold in packages is usually sweet with different types of rice, beans, dried fruits - eight kinds of things in total.) It is supposed to make a sweetish, thin porridge that you eat for breakfast or a snack. People buy it in cups with big straws here for breakfast.
Here's a traditional recipe for Ba Bao Zhou:
3 cups wild rice
1/4 cup long grain sticky rice (or glutinous rice)
1/8 cup barley
1/8 cup red beans
1/8 cup red dates
1/4 cup dried lotus seeds
1/8 cup mung beans
1/8 cup dried longan
2 cups of water
*(optional) rock sugar
Soak all ingredients in water overnight (except for the longan). Then combine all ingredients, bring to a boil, then simmer on a gentle boil for about 1 hour (adding water as necessary), and adding rock sugar to taste. After 1 hour, turn off heat, leave covered for another hour. Serve.