Congee is an awesome food for when you're ill, or just feel like something hot and tasty and soft and nice. It's easy to make, and extremely easy to digest.
- Put about 2 cups of washed rice in a pot.
- Add a bit of olive or sesame oil and garlic (dried garlic is fine), fry it up for a few minutes. Skip this step if you don't want any oil.
- Pour in about 4 litres of water (substitute some chicken or vegetable stock for some of this if you like). Bring to boil, then turn down to low simmer.
- Leave for 15-25 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add some kind "stuff" for interest, one or more of the below:
- Sliced white fish into it about 5 minutes out
- Chicken cut into small bits and put in about 15 minutes out
- Some random selection of chopped veges, e.g. carrots (10 mins out), broccoli (7 mins out), zucchini (5 mins out)
- Minced pork + cornflour + white pepper, gently hand squeezed into balls (15 mins out)
- sliced (already rehydrated) shitake mushrooms
- Diced Century Egg
- Whatever you may feel like adding that will poach well
- Serve with optional condiments:
- good light soy sauce (optionally with sliced chillies in the soy)
- fresh ground black pepper
- fresh spring onions
- dried fried shallots/onions
- fried egg(s)
- Chinese Donut
If you have time, you slow simmer the congee for about 4-5 hours, adding a bit more water, but I find that the above is a perfectly adequate shortcut.
Tastes good the next day, and it's all perfectly microwaveable, with the addition of about half a cup of water into a full bowl.