Monday, May 7, 2012

Rice Congee With Condiments


As said previously in Rice Congee With Salted Egg And Minced Chicken, rice congee is also known as plain rice porridge. I believe that anyone can prepare it; simple as ABC, either in the rice or slow cooker or over the stove.  Some prefer congee  to be thick which is also ok with me. However, this version is more diluted and runny.


Congee is a "anytime is a good time" loveable dish. Condiments for it varies and there's plenty of options. I normally prefer plain congee, served with two or three condiments at least. Because plain congee by itself is quite tasteless, salty and spicy flavored condiments are superbly nice for heat and depth.

Ingredients
For congee
1/2 cup rice - washed and drained
1 inch ginger - sliced into thin stripes
4 cups water (or as needed depending on how diluted you like)
Salt for taste
Spring onions - sliced thinly (for garnishing)

For condiments
For beans 
200g french beans - remove strings and sliced thinly
6 garlic - crushed
2 tbsp oil
salt to taste

For the anchovies/ikan bilis & salt fish
200g anchovies - soaked, drained and snip into smaller pieces
1 red chilly & 1 green chilly - sliced thinly
1 medium size red onion - chopped
1 tbsp taucu (fermented bean paste)
1 stalk spring onion - chopped
Oil as needed
Sugar and salt to taste
Salt fish as needed (soaked and cut into smaller pieces)
Lime wedges.  to be squeezed on top
Method:
For congee
Add all ingredients except spring onions into a pot.
Simmer and cook over low heat until rice is softened (as per your liking in texture) and water is reduced. 
Either switch off or continue to simmer over low heat until serving time.

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

For anchovies/ikan bilis & salt fish
When oil is heated, fry salt fish until crispy, remove and keep aside.
Next do the same to the anchovies.
Remove excess oil from the same pan and leave about 1 tbsp.
Add chillies, onion and tauchu.
Stir and fry for about 2-3 mins.
Add all other ingredients except lemon wedges.
Stir in and remove from heat. 
Remove from heat.

To serve
Into a serving bowl, add rice congee and garnish with spring onions.
Serve with condiments and lime wedges; to be squeezed over anchovies/ikan bilis.
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17 comments:

  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.

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

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  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!

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

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  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.

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

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

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

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  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! :)

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

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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

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

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  13. dono y i kinda hate porridge >.<

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

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

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

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