Mushroom Ginger Congee Rice porridge

Congee or rice porridge is a staple of Chinese Cuisine, especially for breakfast. It's a classic Chinese comfort food that every Chinese Grandmother makes. Western Chinese families often make congee on the day after Thanksgiving to use up leftover turkey and use the turkey carcass and Honeybaked Ham bone to flavor the broth.

Ingredients/Mis En Place

  • 1 cup of rice of your choice
  • 6 cups of broth or water, I prefer broth as it gives it much more flavor
  • 1 thumb sized piece of ginger, peeled and slivered
  • Soy sauce to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon fish sauce
  • 1 cup shredded chicken or your favorite protein
  • Green onions thin sliced
  • 1 medium yellow onion diced
  • 3 cloves of garlic minced
  • Assorted mushrooms, I used Shitake, Maitake, White & Brown Beech, cut or shredded into bite sized chunks

This is a straight forward easy recipe. Sautee the onions in 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil. When the onions are translucent add the garlic and cook until fragrant be careful not to brown the onions and garlic. Add the rice, note I used short grain rice, but you can use a mixture of rices and grains to add texture to the porridge and make it more interesting. Keep the ratio of liquid to rice and/or grain, at 6:1 or 8:1 if you like it more loose and soup like. Add the ginger and add the broth and mushrooms. it will take a couple of hours to cook. It will remain soup like. At the end add the shredded chicken meat or cooked ground pork or even shredded poached salmon. You can also add diced ham or even Spam. Add the fish sauce and soy sauce to taste. Keep in mind that you can alway add soy individually so don't make the porridge too salty. Garnish with thinly sliced green onions and cilantro.

Rice and broth, you can see how much more broth than rice/grain there is. I like 6:1 ration of broth to grain
Finished Chicken Mushroom Congee
Congee is the Chinese breakfast of champions. You'll find it at virtually all Chinese hotels that serve breakfast. It's the Chinese version of oatmeal.
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stephen song


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