Congee: Chinese Pepto

I was recently struck down with a nasty case of food poisoning. (That’s what I get for eating cheap sushi.) My stomach was left in a fragile state. For any kind of dyspeptic ailment, I dust off my congee recipe.

Simple, economical and highly comforting, congee is a rice-based porridge from China. And while it sounds like something served in a Dickensian orphanage, it’s surprisingly delicious and just the prescription for sensitive tummies.

Congee Recipe

4 cups chicken stock
5 cups water
1 cup jasmine rice
5 slices ginger
Salt to taste
Sliced green onion for garnish (optional)

Step 1: In a large pot, combine stock, water, rice and ginger. Bring to boil over high heat. When it starts to boil, cover partially and reduce heat to maintain simmer.

Step 2: Cook, stirring occasionally at the beginning and more frequently near the end, until it becomes a runny porridge, about 1 hour. Discard ginger. Season with salt.

Step 3: Serve hot sprinkled with green onion.

Makes 4 servings

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Photo credit:
Eric Vellend

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