A delicious, savory side dish of oats. For a soupier, more congee-like presentation, add more water. Adapted from a recipe by Erin Zimmer at Serious Eats, as inspired by Mark Bittman. Note: time is 5 min for rolled oats, 25 min for steel-cut oats.
For rolled oats: combine oats, 2 cups water and salt in a medium saucepan and turn the heat to high. When the water boils, turn to low and cook, stirring frequently, until the water is just about absorbed (about 5 minutes).
For steel-cut oats: combine oats, 4 cups water and salt in a medium saucepan and turn the heat to high. When the water boils, turn to low, and cook, stirring every five minutes, until the water is all absorbed (about 25 minutes).
Turn off heat. Stir in soy sauce and 1 tablespoon of scallions while the pot cools down. Sprinkle remaining scallions on top for extra crunch.