January 13, 2021
Congee, or rice porridge, often is considered an Asian comfort food — and an Asian version of risotto. Its prolonged cooking time breaks down the rice, resulting in a thick, creamy and hearty porridge.
This dish can be eaten plain or cooked with vegetables, seasonings or a protein food — such as chicken, meat or fish — and topped with savory or sweet condiments. Congee typically is eaten for breakfast (even with its savory flavors) or as a late supper main dish. Depending on the ingredients chosen, congee can be vegetarian or vegan. In some cultures, congee substitutes for cooked rice as a side dish.
Made with brown rice, congee is another way to fit whole grains into the day … and it's gluten-free.
1 tablespoon canola oil1 cup sliced fresh oyster, shiitake or portobello mushrooms2 tablespoons minced peeled ginger root2 cloves garlic, minced1 stalk lemongrass, cut in 3 pieces, optional1 cup brown rice9 cups low-sodium vegetable broth or water, or a combination2 cups (4 ounces) chopped bok choy (Chinese cabbage), optionalLow-sodium soy sauce, to taste
Chopped hard-cooked eggCooked shrimpCooked shredded chicken or turkeyDiced tempehCrushed peanutsToasted sesame seedsSliced green onionsShredded carrotsSliced bamboo shootsSautéed chopped onionsChopped fresh cilantro, parsley or mintPickled ginger rootSesame oil
Before you begin: Wash your hands.
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