This is totally and utterly comfort food for Asians. Posted this recipe for Skipper/Sy. It is a total self-creation that has become a staple in my family. We actually have craving for this. A total balanced meal, all in one. You can substitute the chicken with beef or pork. Still good. :) It can be served to toddlers cos it is very soft. Asian toddlers eat congee quite a bit.
- 1 1⁄2 cups of washed rice
- 8 cups of room temperature water
- 6 large chicken thighs (can use any part of the chicken)
- 1⁄2 cup dried scallops
- 5 garlic cloves, skinned and crushed
- 1 slice fresh ginger, thick, crushed (2cm) (optional)
- 3 tablespoons oyster sauce
- 2 tablespoons Chinese wine or 2 tablespoons sherry wine
- 1 tablespoon soya sauce
- 1 tablespoon white pepper or 1 tablespoon black pepper
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons sugar
- 1 tablespoon low-sodium worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 1 carrot (sliced about 1 cm in thickness)
- 1 head broccoli (chopped up to bite size)
- 2 eggs
- chopped green onion
- chopped cilantro
- 1 dash white pepper
- Cut the chicken thighs up into two inch lengths.
- Marinate the chicken with the oyster sauce, Chinese wine/sherry, soy sauce, pepper, sugar, Worcestershire sauce and sesame oil.
- Leave the chicken to marinate in the fridge for about 30 min or longer.
- (the longer it is left to marinate, the tastier the chicken will be.) Grab a large pot, pour the rice, water, ginger, garlic and dried scallops inches.
- Let this boil on a low heat for about 1 hour.
- (this is to bring out the flavor or the spices and scallops) Do check on the congee frequently and give it a stir, so that the rice doesn't stick and burn at the bottom of the pot.
- NOTE: The congee is boiled at low heat, so that the congee will be smooth.
- NOTE: The more frequently you stir the congee, the faster the rice grains will break down, making the porridge smoother and tastier.
- Pour in the carrots, and allow the congee to continue simmering.
- Take the chicken out of the fridge, and pour it into the congee.
- (a fair bit of water would have disappeared by now; thus adding the chicken won't cause it to overflow) Add 2 cups boiling hot water into the pot, and stir the congee.
- Allow this to cook for about 15 minutes.
- Add the broccoli into the pot.
- Allow the congee to cook until you are happy with the thickness of the congee.
- Bring the congee to a boil, while continuously stirring it.
- Once it boils, turn the heat off, and drop the two eggs into the pot of congee.
- Leave it for about 30 seconds, and give it a good stir to break up the egg totally and it mixes very well into the congee.
- Ladle into bowls, and garnish.
- Enjoy a bowl of smooth yummy congee.
This recipe is a "5 Stars Plus" rated meal. If I could add a few more stars I would! I love Chinese Congee/Jook/Chok and this recipe is one of the best I have ever had. It is creamy, smooth, tasty but not over powering with seasonings. Plus the chicken was tender as well. It is the perfect meal for a cold winters day here in the Northeastern part of the USA. Great Recipe... from a special Singapore cook!
I've made this several times already. I usually halve the recipe because the original is quite large. Our family can't take spicy well, so I only put one teaspoon of white pepper instead of a tablespoon. For this recipe, white pepper is definitely better than black pepper.
Oh, yuuuummmm! I had no idea what Congee (Chok) was and now I'm a fan. It came together just as directed and was so flavorful. Can't wait to make it again, I think I can do an even better job, now that I know what's what.I'm sure I can make it even creamier by more closely following the instructions-stir, stir, stir. I was fairly certain that I'm too wimpy to deal with that much pepper so I cut it in half and that was just about right for me. Congee reminds me a lot of etoufee gravy, just a bit thicker.