Monday, May 7, 2012

Rice Congee With Condiments

As I have said previously at Rice Congee With Salted Egg And Minced Chicken, rice congee is also known as plain rice porridge. One which anyone can make, simple as ABC and can be made in the rice cooker, slow cooker or over the stove.  While some prefer congee  to be thick, others opt for the diluted type and congee - "anytime is a good time" loveable dish. Also, condiments for congee varies, there's plenty of options which you prefer. For me, it must be at least two or three condiments because plain congee by itself is quite tasteless, so salty and spicy condiments are superbly nice for the heat and depth.

For congee
1/2 cup rice - wash and drain off the water
1 inch ginger - slice into thin stripes
4 cups water (or as needed depending on how diluted you prefer)
Salt for taste
Spring onion (as needed) - slice thinly (for garnishing)

For condiments
For the beans 
200g French beans - remove strings and slice thinly
6 garlic - crush
2 tbsp oil
Salt for taste

For the anchovies/ikan bilis & salt fish
200g anchovies - soak, rinse and snip into smaller pieces
1 red chilli & 1 green chilli - slice thinly
1 medium size red onion - chop
1 tbsp taucu (fermented bean paste)
1 stalk spring onion - chop
Oil as needed
Sugar and salt to taste
Salted fish as needed (soak and cut into smaller pieces)
Lime wedges - to be squeezed on top
For the congee
Add all ingredients except spring onion into a pot.
Simmer and cook over low heat until rice is softened (as soft as you like).  
Keep simmering over low heat or simmer again before tucking in, 

For the beans
Heat oil and when heated, saute garlic. 
Add beans and season with taste.
Stir to cook and soften.
Remove from heat.

For the anchovies/ikan bilis & salted fish
When oil is heated, fry salted fish until crispy, remove and keep aside.
Next, do the same to the anchovies.
Drain off excess oil from the same pan and leave about 1 tbsp.
Add chillies, onion and tauchu.
Add the rest of the ingredients except lemon wedges.
Stir to combine and remove from heat. 

To serve
Into a serving bowl, add rice congee and top with spring onion and ginger.  
Serve with the condiments and lime wedges (to be squeezed over anchovies/ikan bilis).
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  1. I surely need some Congee today for I don't feel so well. I can see how this would make for a perfect meal.

  2. hi nava, i like my congee very soft soup like. nice side dishes, yes, salted egg is a must for me..

  3. Ohhh, rice congee is such a comforting food, Nava! A warm bowl of it could surely make anyone feel better!
    I love your choice of condiments! Yum!

  4. I'm not a big fan of congee but this dish looks wonderful. So colourful and healthy!

  5. I like cream of wheat and also grits, so I am sure I would like your Congee. While the others are mostly served on the sweet side, the idea of the Congee sounds like a tasty change of pace. Easy dish and so very healthy, thanks for posting.

  6. It is the teow Cheow style....
    My mil is teow Cheow n she use to cook this...

  7. I love congee! It is extremely healthy. My favorite congee is Peanuts Congee =)

  8. Nava, your photos are lovely! I would definitely add the green onions, both for the color and flavor.

  9. I didn't know how to make congee but was always curious about it. Thanks for the recipe. & nic emeeting you are new to me! :)

  10. I have heard of congee but am yet to try it - this delicious and healthy dish certainly gives me incentive :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  11. As I love rice based dishes this is something new for me to try.

  12. Hmm ths is what we call Teo Chew porridge :)

  13. dono y i kinda hate porridge >.<

  14. This looks so yummy. I love congee. Will have to try this.

  15. i like this! simple, easy to prepare, healthy and easy to digest!

  16. yuuuummm! this made me hungry! i loooove congee!


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