Sometimes nothing is more comforting than something warm and soupy to tuck into. Common choices might be chicken soup, stews and hotpots, but you may also want to consider pao fan – an often underrated option.
Pao fan is a soup dish that’s often confused with porridge, but here’s how to tell the difference. The former features steamed rice doused in a piping hot broth and finished off with a scattering of crispy rice, while the latter is rice grains simmered in liquid and cooked.
It’s not a new dish by any means but it’s usually only found on the menus of Chinese restaurants. That is until recently, with several former restaurant chefs setting up hawker stalls to bring this dish to the masses, and at more affordable prices. No more needing to step into fancy restaurants just to try pao fan.