Plain Congee

If you’ve landed here, chances are you’re feeling a under the weather and you’ve come from my link on having a bit too much to drink!

Congee is warming dish during the winter. It’s so low in calories and naturally gluten free (you just need to watch out for the sides and garnishes), best of all it’s super easy to prepare. Enjoy!

Serves 2


  • 1 cup long grain or medium grain white rice (basmati)
  • 6 cups stock or water
  • a pinch of salt if you’re not using stock

Optional Sides and garnishes:

  • Ginger, thinly sliced
  • Sesame oil
  • Soy sauce
  • Spring onions/scallions, thinly sliced
  • Boiled or Fried egg
  • Pickled cucumbers
  • Pork Floss


  • Sieve/Strainer
  • Saucepan


  1. Wash the rice: Place the rice in a large strainer and rinse it under cool water until the water runs clear (not milky). Add to saucepan.
  2. Add stock or water to the saucepan.
  3. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer for about 1 hr: Stir the congee occasionally during cooking making sure it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan. Add more stock or water to reach a consistency you like.
  4. Serve the congee with the sides.

If you prefer Cooking like a boss:

  1. Wash the rice
  2. Add stock or water to the rice in an electric rice cooker
  3. Plug it in, flip the switch to on, go do other things. It will go into ‘keep warm’ mode for you when it’s done.
  4. Serve the congee with the sides.


Leftover congee can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Warm in the microwave or on the stovetop, and stir in a little extra stock or water if desired. Just make sure that it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan. If it does, and it burns, it’s unsalvageable.

Extra tip:

If you don’t have an electric rice cooker, I would say that it’s definitely a good investment. You can hack so many recipes by throwing them in the rice cooker – it’s so easy to use. I’ll continue to put up different recipes with options to use this because I just love it so much. Rice cookers (good ones) are not cheap. And really, don’t go buying the cheap ones because they won’t last or do the job properly. At best you’ll get a sputtering mess of steam/liquid coming through the top (that’s not normal!!). There are a few brands that are really good though: Tiger, Panasonic, Zojirushi.

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