I woke up today with question in my head: what is the difference between congee and porridge? I thought they're the same until I remember, hey internet's my best friend! So here's from wikipedia:
Porridge is a dish made by boiling oats (whole-grain, rolled, crushed, or steel cut) or other cereal meals in water, milk, or both. Other grains or legumes may be used, although dishes prepared with other ingredients are often referred to by other names, such as polenta or grits.
Congee or conjee is a type of rice porridge or gruel popular in many Asian countries. When eaten as plain rice congee, it is most often served with side dishes. When additional ingredients, such as meat, fish, and flavorings, are added whilst preparing the congee, it is most often served as a meal on its own.
So what exactly do we call Jakarta's famous street vendors' "Bubur Ayam"? Chicken Porridge. Because we translate everything literally word by word, haha. Well i kinda think it's technically incorrect, should've been Chicken Rice Porridge or Chicken Congee?
Well anyway.....food terms are just terms. Cheers to Bubur Ayam!
Bubur Ayam Senopati - I often stop by here everytime I go to the office way too early in the morning around 6-7am. Located just near before the left turn from Senopati to SCBD (Sudirman Central Business District) area. Price: IDR 10.000 for the plain one, and additional 3.000 for chicken liver & gizzard on stick.
Actually it's not that special, but it's the only thing I found so early in the morning, thus so many early comers like me parked their car near, and eat hot bowl of chicken congee from inside the car. It's practical, quick, satisfying breakfast, so i figure that it's exactly their selling point, being the only street vendor along the street (before the SCBD turn).
Just FYI - my favorite congee restaurant in Jakarta is probably Bubur Sanki (origin in Mangga Besar, but thank God they opened branch near PTIK Blok M, yay to South Jakartans!). What's yours?