Congee – A Comforting and Nutritious Rice Porridge

Congee, also known as jook or rice porridge, is a traditional Chinese dish that is commonly eaten for breakfast or as a light meal. It is a simple and comforting dish that is easy to prepare, and it can be customized with a variety of toppings and flavorings.

Here is a basic recipe for making Congee at home:


  • 1 cup white rice
  • 6 cups water or chicken broth
  • Salt, to taste
  • Toppings (optional): green onions, sliced ginger, fried garlic, soy sauce, sesame oil, fried tofu, shredded chicken, pickled vegetables, hard-boiled eggs, etc.


  1. Rinse the rice in cold water until the water runs clear.
  2. In a large pot, combine the rice and water or chicken broth. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce the heat to low and let the mixture simmer, uncovered, for about 1 hour, stirring occasionally. The rice will break down and thicken into a porridge-like consistency.
  3. Add salt to taste.
  4. Ladle the Congee into bowls and top with your desired toppings.

Enjoy your homemade Congee as a comforting and nutritious meal. It can be served hot or cold, depending on your preference, and it can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Congee is also a great dish for using up leftover rice, and it is a great way to start your day with a healthy breakfast.