Chinese congee

Chinese congee

Enjoy this Chinese congee recipe, generally regarded as the ultimate comfort food. Made by simmering rice and garnishing with your favourite toppings
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  • Serves: 4 persons



  1. Step 1

    Put 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.
  2. Step 2

    Put 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.
  3. Step 3

    Cook, 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.