Monday, May 7, 2012

Rice Congee With Condiments

Rice congee or plain porridge does not need much intro except that its the diluted version of cooked rice. Making congee can be as simple as ABC and all you got to do is add in more water compared to when cooking normal rice. The extra water in return does the job of softening the rice significantly and I suppose we have our own preferences on how soft we like the texture of the rice. This version of congee I made was  runny and thin for this is how we like our congee to be.

Congee comes in as an alternative between our normal meal of rice and also as a comfort food when we are not feeling well.  Anyhow, this rice porridge can be enjoyed any time you like, as a filling breakfast or as night time snack. Congee can be prepared in many ways with options of meat or seafood combined in. I normally stick to  plain congee served with two or three condiments at least. As plain congee by itself can be bland, condiments with salty and spicy flavors will  intensify and boost the contrast in taste.

For the 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 to taste
spring onions as needed - sliced thinly (for garnishing)

For the condiments
the veg:
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
salt fish as needed (soaked and cut into smaller pieces)
1 red chilly & 1 green chilly - sliced thinly
1 medium size red onion - chopped
1 stalk spring onion - chopped
oil as needed
sugar and salt to taste
lime wedges to be squeezed on top
For the congee
Add all ingredients except spring onions into a pot.
Simmer and cook over low heat until the rice is soften (as per your liking in texture) and water is reduced. 
Either switch off or continue to simmer over low heat until serving time.

For the vege
Heat oil and when heated, add in the crushed garlic and give a good stir for just 1-2 mins.
Add french bean and salt to taste.
Continue to stir until beans are cooked.
Remove from heat.

For the 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 in chillies, onion and tauchu.  Stir and fry for about 2-3 mins.
Add all other ingredients except lemon wedges and give a good stir.
Remove from heat.

To serve
Into a serving bowl, add rice congee and garnish with spring onions.
Serve with the condiments and lime wedges to be squeezed over the 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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