Chinese Ginger Congee (Rice Porridge)

Marsha Gardner


I wasn't feeling up to par today and I wanted something soothing to eat so my husband made some Congee for me. It is the ultimate comfort food in China and is so easy to digest when you have an upset stomach. It was so good that I am having another bowl for dinner tonight. Our Chinese exchange student from Hong Kong introduced this to us and we have been making it ever since.


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  • 6 c
  • 4 c
    chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 lb
    bone in chicken thighs or legs, skin removed
  • 1 c
    jasmine rice
  • 1 inch
    piece ginger sliced
  • 2 tsp
    kosher salt or to taste or 2-3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • pinch
    freshly ground white pepper
  • 2 Tbsp
    cilantro, coarsely chopped, for garnish
  • 2
    scallions, thinly sliced for garnish

How to Make Chinese Ginger Congee (Rice Porridge)


  1. Place all ingredients except the cilantro and scallions in a large heavy-bottomed saucepan or Dutch oven and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to medium low and cook at a lively simmer, stirring occasionally, until the rice has completely broken down and the mixture is creamy, about 1 hour.
  2. Turn off the heat and remove the chicken to a cutting board. When it’s cool enough to handle, shred the chicken into bite-sized pieces, discarding the cartilage and bones. Return the chicken shreds to the congee. Stir to combine, taste, and season with additional salt and pepper as needed. Ladle into bowls and top with cilantro and scallions.
  3. NOTE:
    This is a recipe that may be added to or subtracted from and made with what is on hand. Pork may be substituted for the chicken and hard cooked eggs are often sliced and added. Chinese black mushrooms are sliced and added as well.
  4. In China Congee is often eaten with salted duck eggs, lettuce and dace (Cirrhinus chinensis - Chinese mud carp) paste, bamboo shoots, pickled tofu, wheat gluten, with other condiments, meat or century eggs.

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