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  • Writer's pictureAnita Hippogriff

Congee (Savory Rice Porridge)⁣

Congee is a delicious and comforting dish that is light and easy to digest. It is easy to make, and wonderful to eat when you are sick, or anytime you want a simple light meal.⁣

I always use poultry bones when making congee. This can be a chicken carcass, bone-in chicken thighs, a bone-in turkey leg, or anything similar. The meat is optional, but you don’t want to skip the bones because of the nutrition and flavor they impart to this dish.⁣


1 cup uncooked white rice (short or long grain)⁣

9 cups water⁣

2 tsp salt⁣

1-inch knob of ginger⁣

Poultry bones (and optionally, meat)⁣

Chopped scallions⁣

Toasted sesame oil⁣

Combine all ingredients except for scallions and sesame oil in a heavy pot. Bring to a boil, then turn down to a light boil. Continue boiling, stirring occasionally, until the mixture resembles porridge, about 45 minutes to an hour.⁣

Remove ginger, bones and meat. If using meat, chop finely and mix it back into the porridge.⁣

Ladle into bowls. Add scallions and a splash of sesame oil to each bowl.⁣

Serve and enjoy!⁣

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