Corn Flour Porridge (Labouyi Farine Maiz)

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Servings: 4 Total

Time:40 minutes


2 cups water, divided
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cinnamon sticks
2 star anise
2 cups corn flour
1 lime, for zest
1 (12-oz) can evaporated milk
1 tablespoon unsalted butter


  1. Bring to a boil in large saucepan: 1 cup water, sugar, salt, vanilla, cinnamon sticks, and star anise, stirring occasionally. Place remaining 1 cup water in medium bowl; whisk in corn flour to form a smooth paste.
  2. Reduce heat to low. Slowly add paste to sugar mixture; cook 15 minutes, whisking occasionally. Zest/grate lime peel (no white; 1 teaspoon).
  3. Whisk in milk, butter, and zest; cook 8–10 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until hot and smooth. Let stand 10 minutes to cool before serving.