Enjoy this Chinese congee recipe, generally regarded as the ultimate comfort food. Made by simmering rice and garnishing with your favourite toppings
- Serves: 4 persons
- 150g uncooked short-grain or Thai fragrant rice
- chilli oil or toasted sesame oil
- white pepper
- crispy fried shallots
- fried or salt roasted peanuts
- spring onions thinly sliced
- coriander finely chopped
- pickled mustard greens
Step 1Put the rice in a sieve and rinse it thoroughly under running water until the water runs clear, then drain well. If using frozen rice (see intro), skip this step.
Step 2Put the rice and 1.4 litres of water in a large, heavy-bottomed pot. Bring it to a full boil over a high heat, then reduce the heat to maintain a simmer. Partially cover the pot and cook on a low heat, stirring to the bottom occasionally with a wooden spatula or spoon. After a while, the rice will blossom and break apart.
Step 3Cook, stirring occasionally, until the congee is thickened to your liking and satin-like in consistency. This will take 1 hr to 1hr 10 mins if you’re using uncooked rice, or about 15 mins for frozen rice. At any point, pour in more water if you want a thinner congee. Remove from the heat, ladle into bowls and serve with your choice of garnishes.