In China congee (or jook) is the standard morning meal. Rice porridge is a long-simmered soup or porridge that has strengthening properties.
According to Chinese medicine, simmering this soup for three hours balances the yin and yang of each ingredient.The Chinese have a long tradition of eating nutritious porridge with a lot of different ingredients added.
The Chinese traditionally drink certain porridge in different seasons, believing them to be healthy and nutritious at various times of the year.
Makes 6 to 8 servings.
I love black sesame seeds because they cause dramatic presentation but they have some good health benefits as well.
Sesame seeds come from little seed pods of one of the oldest of cultivated plants. Sesame seeds are about 20 percent protein and contain some vitamins A and E and most of the B vitamins except B12 and folic acid. Minerals, however, are very abundant in sesame, as in most seeds. Zinc is high, as are calcium, copper, magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium. Sesame seeds are an excellent source of calcium. Sesame seeds may also have a mild antioxidant effect.
Black sesame seeds are used in China to slow graying hair and premature hair loss.