Basic Jook/Congee

Shared by: Jane

This recipe is so close to my memories of being a kid and its healing qualities. This was my version of chicken noodle soup. I knew winter was coming around when my mom would make jook. It's also so simple and requires so few ingredients— truly a dish that is economic and filling. I make this myself these days for those healing qualities.


Olive oil
Water or broth
Dried shrimp
Added toppings/ingredients: chicken, thousand year old egg, scallions, cilantro, shitake mushrooms


Bloom the rice in a big pot with olive oil. Also add slivers of ginger and dried shrimp. Then add water or broth. Raise the heat to bring it to a boil and then keep it simmering for about an hour. Add any topping you’d like. Sometimes I cook this with chicken in it (and chicken stock), but sometimes I like to make it vegetarian. I like simple scallions on top.


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