Congee is considering the main food for Chinese community in the olden days. For those poor, they usually just had plain congee without any ingredients as their meals be it lunch or dinner.But, nowadays you may find congee add various variety and sold in many Chinese restaurants.
It is also served as breakfast in many Chinese families. There are many types of congee available this day. You can just add any ingredients that you desired.
Here is one of my favourite congee recipes that I used to eat when my grandma told me she got no time to cook for me. I took this recipe from her. It can be prepare fast, simple, healthy and nutritious as not oily. Some Chinese have this as their breakfast.
Here are some recipes that you may want to try it out.
Minced Pork Congee
20g minced pork (you can get the lean pork and ground it yourself)
1 stalk choy sum (washed and cut into length)
2 cloves garlic (finely chopped)
1 stalk of scallion (finely chopped)
1/2 jicama (peel off the skin)
Preserved vegetables/tong cai (finely chopped)
Dashes of salt to taste
Season the minced pork:
1. Place the minced pork in a bowl.
2. Add in soy sauce, white pepper powder, corn flour and a bit of water to the minced pork. Stir them well.
3. After 5 minutes, use spoon to shape the minced pork into many small balls shapes and set them aside.
How to cook the basic Chinese Congee recipe?
1. Cook the rice with electric rice cooker.
2. Heat up the oil in the wok and stir fry the garlic until it turns light brown.
3. Dish it out from the wok and set it aside.
4. Boil water in a pot.
5. Once the water is boiling, add in the jicama for 20 minutes to make the soups tasty.
6. Remove the jicama.
7. Pour in the ball shape of minced pork into the pot one by one at low heat.
8. Once the pork slowly cooked (turn white), add in the choy sum (vegetables).
9. Lastly, add in the salted vegetables/tong cai.
10. Add in the steamed rice/leftover rice. Add a bit of soy sauce to make the soup looks a bit brownish.
11. Add in dashes of salt to taste.
12. Congee is ready to serve. Garnish with the fried garlic and scallion on top of the congee.
1. Need to watch out of the water during the simmering as the water might dry off and you need to pour in water.
2. For those who like some spiciness, you may add in chopped fresh chilli to taste.
Century Egg & Salted Egg Congee
For those salted egg lover, you definitely love this fabulous dish! It is easy to prepare and make. The most important is that it taste great!
1 century eggs (cut into small pieces)
1 salted eggs (cut into small pieces)
1 cup of rice
5g sliced pork or chicken
small piece of ginger (sliced)