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A nutritious porridge for summer days

By Tien Sa

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With easy-to-find ingredients and simple preparation, as well as containing many beneficial nutrients for all ages, the traditional snakehead fish with mung beans porridge is a nutritious and refreshing dish, especially on hot summer days.

Snakehead fish contains multiple vitamins and minerals that are essential for children’s development. Fresh snakehead fish flesh cooked with mung beans in a fragrant porridge pot creates a special flavor that awakens the taste buds of diners.

Consequently, the dish is suitable for children with a poor appetite, the elderly, and pregnant women, especially for those who have flu, fever, and heatstroke during the summer.

The snakehead fish is thoroughly cleaned and boiled. The broth from boiling the fish is then used to cook the porridge, giving it a natural sweetness. After stewing the porridge with mung beans, the cook adds the snakehead fish back to the pot, along with straw mushrooms (scientifically known as volvariella volvacea), chopped onions, and some seasonings. Black pepper is an essential spice for the porridge as it adds a spicy taste, enhancing the flavor of the dish.

The snakehead fish with mung beans porridge is served with a plate full of vegetables such as mustard greens, Malabar spinach, knotgrass, etc. The dish can be enjoyed as a nutritious breakfast, a comforting lunch, or a soothing evening meal. For hardworking individuals and farmers who have just finished working in the fields, savoring a hot bowl of porridge also helps them quickly regain their health.

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