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.
If dried scallops is something either expensive or difficult to find in your area. You can substitute it with chicken bones. What it does is sweeten the porridge. Gives it more flavour. Do remove the bones before serving though :).
My family loves this recipe. I couldn't find the dried scallops and so after marinating, I deboned the thighs and added the bones when I poured the rice into the pot. I didn't need to add an additional 2 cups boiling water when I added the chicken because there was enough water to cook the chicken since it was now boneless. I wonder if it would be better to shred the chicken instead of serving it in large chunks? Also, my family prefers using black instead of white pepper because it gave a kick to the dish. I also served this with diced century eggs which I've seen served at hotel breakfast buffets.
I've made this a few times now, good recipe! I don't use the broccoli or carrot though as I'm used to having it quite plain. Even my boyfriend liked it, and he's a picky eater!
I liked it, but my husband didn't..thus leaving me with congee to last for a week for me alone to eat. He even said cooking the chicken for 15 mins isn't enough to cook it and said it was undone even if I cooked it for more than that time stated. So we compromised and rated it into 3.
Best congee I've ever made. I was a bit frustrated by how "non-specific" some of the ingredients were (a slice of ginger? how big a slice? 1"? 3"? 1/4"?) and a tablespoon of white pepper seemed AWFULLY much, but I confess, it's delicious!
a pretty authentic asian meal that's not too heavy but tastes good.