How to Make Easy Asian Congee (Rice Porridge)

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Jan. 17, 2012

Make easy Asian congee or savory rice porridge with this simple recipe. Congee is a popular breakfast item throughout Asia and is often enjoyed with egg, green onion, meat or seafood. Watch and enjoy!


Short grain rice/Medium grain rice 1/2 Cup (8 tbs)
Water 6 Cup (96 tbs)
For the topping
Century eggs 1 Medium , cooked, then quartered
Shredded chicken 1/2 Cup (8 tbs) (Left over chicken used)
Light soy sauce 1 Dash
Green onion 1 Tablespoon
Preserved bamboo shoots 2 Tablespoon



1. Rinse the rice thoroughly until the water is clear. When that is done, cover with water and let soak for about 30 minutes. After 30 minutes the rice would be ready to cook.


2. Take a pot, add the soaked and rinsed rice, turn the heat to high. After it starts to boil, turn the heat to a medium low and let it simmer covered for about 60 minutes. Stir occasionally just to make sure that the rice does not stick to the bottom. Once done, ladle into a serving bowl.


3. You can use a variety of toppings as per your taste and preferences. In this recipe the chef has used cooked leftover chicken that he shredded , a century egg, preserved bamboo shoots and green onion.


4. Serve warm drizzled with some soy sauce.


Another variation to the topping is that you can add a soft poached egg or a soft boiled egg or even a fried egg, which can be put in the bottom of the bowl and ladle the congee on top. Then add the desired toppings. Cooked seafood or cooked pork can also be added as a topping.


Mixing ratios of rice to water depends on how to like the congee to be. If you like your congee thick, one part rice to 8 parts of water needs to be used. If you like it medium, use one part rice to 10 parts of water ratio and if you like it soupy, use one part rice to 13 parts of water.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Easy
Cook Time: 65 Minutes
Ready In: 65 Minutes
Servings: 1

Nutrition Facts

Serving size Complete recipe

Calories 522Calories from Fat 153

 % Daily Value*

Total Fat 17 g26.2%

Saturated Fat 4 g20%

Trans Fat 0 g


Sodium 816 mg34%

Total Carbohydrates 64 g21.3%

Dietary Fiber 3 g12%

Sugars 1 g

Protein 25 g50%

Vitamin A % Vitamin C %

Calcium % Iron %

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet