Char Siu Chicken Rice Porridge (Congee)

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Char siu chicken rice porridge

Char siu chicken rice porridge

Cooking rice porridge or congee is my favourite for 2 main reasons. Firstly my family loves it very much no matter how I cook it and secondly it is very easy to cook and you can go wild with your creativity.

I have been eating a lot of porridge since my stomach upset last week. It was easy for the stomach as I didn’t have much appetite. I progressed from plain porridge to vegetables porridge and then finally with some eat added. Char siu chicken porridge was my best. I only had 2 small slices of the chicken then. Just thought my stomach needed more rest.

Char siu chicken

Char siu chicken

I made char siu chicken very often so making this char siu chicken rice porridge is very easy. Click here for the easiest way to make this most delicious char siu chicken that’s extremely versatile.

flaked salted fish

flaked salted fish

A small dish of flaked salted fish will add to the beautiful taste of the porridge. Of course this is optional. If you buy the salted fish like what I did this time, soak it first before frying it to remove some of the saltiness. It will taste better.

Stir frying vegetables

Stir frying vegetables

I also cooked a plate of mixed vegetables to add to it, even though there’s already some vegetables in the porridge itself. You can cook any vegetables of your choice. Just sprinkle some sea salt and pepper powder for taste.

Rice porridge (congee)

Rice porridge (congee)

Cooking porridge is very easy. You can cook it plain or with some vegetables added. Usually I cook it plain but sometimes I added some vegetables, like carrots and big onions, and fried ginger oil to cook together with it for better flavour and taste.

Congee is very filling and warming especially in this cold weather. My family had a very satisfying meal.

Do you like congee? How do you like it cooked? What other side dishes do you have? Please share, add and comment in the comment box below.

Other rice porridge recipes that you may be interested in:
Best Turkey Rice Porridge
Meat Balls Rice Porridge
Salted Fish And Chicken Rice Porridge

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Stacy  on January 12th, 2010

I actually have never had congee. I look forward to trying some!

Divina  on January 12th, 2010

After reading congee, I thought you’re having stomach troubles again. :D We usually have it with dried pork floss, some century egg with soy and sesame oil or salted egg, some pickled cucumber. Char Siu Chicken sounds better than the rest I’ve mentioned.

Mary  on January 12th, 2010

@Stacy - Give a try. It’s very delicious. Maybe for a start, don’t make the congee too soft just in case you don’t like the gluey texture which I don’t prefer. I like congee where I can still see the rice grains.

@Divina - LOL….well, I’m really soooo glad it’s over. That was such a frightening experience. Oh, we used to eat porridge with everything that you mentioned. I like it very much but sadly I can’t get the pork floss, century eggs and salted eggs here. I’m going to eat a lot of this when I go back for holidays :P

Janice  on January 12th, 2010

This looks great, the bay area is going to be hit with rain so this would be a good comforting food to eat.

tigerfish  on January 12th, 2010

Yeah, I agree you can go wild with creativity when dealing with congee.

Mary  on January 12th, 2010

@Janice - Oh…it must be raining season there. It’s freezing cold here. So, hot soups and hot congee help a lot to keep us warm.

@tigerfish - Thanks for visiting and your lovely comment. Congee is also one food that’s hard to go wrong as long as it’s kept simple. It’s the side dishes that add to the flare.

Shirley  on January 12th, 2010

Mary, that chicken looks out of this world! U got me drooling!

Sarah, Maison Cupcake  on January 12th, 2010

I thought I’d commented on this earlier but not sure what happened. This chicken looks fabulous, I’ve never had congee but ought to try it out in this cold weather.

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lululu  on January 12th, 2010

the chicken looks super mouth-watering. and this is such creative way to make congee!

Mary  on January 12th, 2010

@Shirley - Thank you very much. Hope you try out soon. It’s really delicious.

@Sarah, Maison Cupcake - It happened to me quite often when commenting on blogs. It just disappeared into thin air. Thanks very much for nominating me for the award. Really appreciate very much.

@lululu - Thank you very much. Hope you try out soon.

Sushma Mallya  on January 12th, 2010

A very healthy one with colourful vegetables,would love to give it a try…

Happy Cook  on January 12th, 2010

Back home we had congge with chutney or with a kind of legume dish or with pickels.
Thislooks so so yumm i think this is what i call one of the comfort food.

anncoo  on January 12th, 2010

WOW! The char siew chicken looks delicious. Must be very yummy to combine with congee. I think I can eat extra bowl of congee.

Sook  on January 12th, 2010

Oooh the chicken looks perfectly brown and tasty! i want that for lunch today. :)

Drick  on January 12th, 2010

I just love learning from you Mary … this looks very comforting..

Wendy  on January 12th, 2010

Oh Mary… I have wanted to make congee for ages.. ever since I had it in Singapore on a stopover on the way back from Oz. This is the prod I need to get a move on!Thank you

Alta  on January 12th, 2010

This sounds delicious! I made congee for the first time after Thanksgiving. I used the turkey carcass, plus some veggies and ginger, and some soy sauce for seasoning. It’s subtle, creamy, comforting, and delicious. Yum.

Christine @ Fresh Local and Best  on January 12th, 2010

Porridge is my favorite meal to have for an upset stomach. The addition of chicken looks great and makes it more filling!

Rochelle (Acquired Taste)  on January 12th, 2010

I’ve never had a rice porridge before but I think with that fantastic looking chicken it would be great to try :)

lo  on January 12th, 2010

We just made up a batch of char siu pork this past New Year’s Eve, and it would be perfect in a porridge like this. What a wonderful idea!

Mary  on January 12th, 2010

@Sushma Mallya - Thank you very much. Hope you try it out soon.

@Happy Cook - Oh yes, when I was young, we ate a type of vegetable pickles with plain congee. It was very delicious. Sadly, I can’t find the pickles here.

@Anncoo - I am sure I ate more than one bowl :P Usually I have to cook a fairly big pot if there’s char siu chicken or salted fish.

@Sook - The chicken is very, very simple to cook. Hope you try out soon.

@Drick - Awwww…..thank you very much. Hope my instructions are very clear otherwise you’ll be learning all the wrong thing :D

@Wendy - Give this a try. It’s very simple and easy to cook. I’m sure you can get the char siu sauce from Chinatown or other Chinese shops.

@Alta - Your congee sounds very delicious. Ginger gives congee a very beautiful flavour which I like.

@Christine @ Fresh Local and Best - Totally agree with you. Without the chicken, I think I will be eating very frequently :P

@Rochelle (Acquired Taste) - Hope you give it a try. It is very delicious and you can go wild with your creation. We eat rice porridge very often, especially in cold weather.

@lo - Mmmm….char siu pork is also my favourite…tastes awesome. Would be great with porridge too.

Ellie  on January 12th, 2010

Thanks for all the yummy congee recipes. I love congee!!

3hungrytummies  on January 13th, 2010

Very hearty, perfect for the cold weather you have over there right now!

Mary  on January 13th, 2010

@Ellie - Thank you very much. In this cold weather I think we can never have enough of congee. I’m happy its easy to cook too.

@3hungrytummies - Exactly. It’s warming and filling. I hope the cold weather will be over soon. Can’t wait for summer to come.

joylicious  on January 13th, 2010

MMMmm salted fish — soo good I always order the salted fish and tofu clay pot dish at restaurants — this looks great. I am happy to hear your stomach is slowly recovering and I see it has not slowed you down ONE BIT hahaha :) This porridge looks great, so homey and comforting it’d be so perfect right now!

Mary  on January 13th, 2010

@Joylicious - Oh yes, I really miss the clay pot rice with salted fish. I suppose I need to go and buy a clay pot first and then cook this wonderful dish….mmmm. I’m so glad I have fully recovered…cooking & eating most food already. What joy! :D Thanks very much for your lovely comment.

kristy  on January 14th, 2010

I love this as well! Looks really delicious…. Porridge can easily go with anything. It’s my hubby favourite! Enjoy!

Mary  on January 14th, 2010

@Kristy - Thank you very much. Totally agree with you that porridge is just so easy…can go with anything.

pigpigscorner  on January 14th, 2010

wow must be stuper tasty! Love the glaze!

Mary  on January 14th, 2010

@Pigpigscorner - Thanks you very much. It was really good and very easy to cook.

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