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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Simple Congee

Every culture and country has it's own version of a food that is homey and in China "Jook/Congee" is that homey food perfect food that's warm, soothing and great for people who are ailing. My sister caught a pretty bad cold so I decided to try my hand at making some congee. I used the Rice Congee Soup Recipe as a base and changed it a bit to mimic the awesome congee my grandma use to make.
Ingredients (makes about 4-5 bowls):
1 cup of rice
9 cups of water
half an inch knob of ginger
1 tbls of salt (normally about 2 tbls but since the meat is already salty I halved it)
fist size salted pork

Slice the pork into small fingertip sized bites. Cut the outside of the ginger and leave whole (my grandpa suggested to leave the skin on because it's suppose to have some kind of healing properties) Add all the ingredients to a pot and boil it until it reaches your ideal consistency (some like congee watery and some like it more thick). Watch the pot or else it'll boil over. I usually boil it with the cover on for half an hour and then leave it to boil uncovered for another half an hour. Ta-da easy breezy and very good for colds/flu or a weak stomach. You can also substitute other things in it like different meats or seasonings. Green onion, tiny dried shrimps and scallops are common. Thousand year old eggs are also used if you like the unique flavor. My sister appreciated the congee and said it was surprisingly good. Here's a simple recipe if you ever need some comfort food =)

Until next time... stay well =)


Pili said...

Sounds nice! I'll keep in mind!

Kathy said...

Not my kind of food...I'm a vegetarian, but I know other people that would certainly enjoy that! Thanks!

The Friendly Skies said...

Geoff and I make congee in the winter time in the crockpot. Turns out pretty good. We got duck from chinatown and added that in one week which turned out so good! :)

Littleclouds said...

I love congee with fish and spring onions! Every time I try to make it it goes everywhere tho :(
You can make it in a rice cooker too.

Jennifer Juniper said...

I'd love to taste it - minus the thousand year old eggs!

BululuStudio said...

Interesting recipe...get well soon LiPeony's sister.

LaAlicia said...

good to know! I hope your sister is all better! ;)