To prepare red yeast rice, rinse 1 cup of rice, and then boil it in 2 cups of water for about 25 minutes. You can cook and eat red yeast rice in the same fashion as white rice.
Red yeast rice is rice that has been fermented with the yeast Monascus purpureus. It is used widely in Asian cooking as a coloring agent and flavor enhancer.
You can make a simple lentil soup to accompany boiled red yeast rice by boiling together 1 cup of soaked lentils, 2 stalks of chopped celery, 1 small chopped onion, 2 chopped carrots, 1 tablespoon of minced garlic and 2 cubes of beef bouillon in 4 cups of water. Simmer the lentils and vegetables for about 30 minutes, and puree them in a blender. Serve them over boiled rice, and garnish them with parsley.
To make a simple soup recipe with meat and red yeast rice, blanch about 1/2 pound of bony meat, such as pork ribs, for five minutes. Drain and rinse the meat. Wash and soak 1 teaspoon of red yeast rice, drain it, and wash it again. Place the washed meat and red yeast rice in a pot with 2 quarts of water, 8 red dates and 2 slices of fresh ginger. Boil the meat and rice together for one hour over low heat.