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Congee (Rice Porridge)


This comforting porridge, often eaten for breakfast in China and other parts of Asia mixed with fish or meat, gets a jolt of flavor from its garnish of scallions, chiles, and shallots.

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  • 1/2 cup long-grain white rice
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • Chinese chile oil, for garnish
  • Thinly sliced scallions and small red chiles, for garnish
  • Crispy shallots, for garnish


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Step 1

In a sieve, rinse rice under cold water and let drain. Put rice, 8 cups water, and salt into a 4-qt. saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce heat to medium-low, and cook, partially covered and stirring occasionally, until the rice takes on the consistency of porridge, about 1½ hours. Divide porridge between 4 bowls and garnish each with a drizzle of chile oil, scallions, chiles, and crispy shallots.

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