Also known as congee (or "jook"), is a savory rice soup. It is a warming start of the day, and the go-to dish when you are starting to feel under the weather. In China and Asia, this breakfast soup is a great feel-good food when you are coming down with a cold, especially when you garnish with plenty of finely chopped slivers of fresh ginger. Have some white pepper and tamari (or soy sauce) on-hand to season to taste.

½ cup (115g) white or brown rice, slightly rinsed
5+ cups (1+ liter) water
1 tsp salt
Garnishes: chopped green onion, slivers of fresh ginger, peanuts, shredded kale, cooked sweet potato, kimchi, seaweed, etc


  • In a heavy-based saucepan rinse and drain the rice and water. Bring to a boil. For the first few minutes, skim off any froth that rises to the surface. 

  • Leaving the cover slightly off, (I let a pair of wooden chopsticks rest on the top rim to keep the lid slightly open) bring heat down to a gently-rolling simmer for an hour and a half, stirring occasionally. 

  • If mixture starts too look too thick, add a bit more boiling water as you go. It should look like, well, porridge. Stir in the salt. Serve hot with any garnishes.



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