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Pork Congee

Photo: Thomas J. Story

Total time 30 mins

Serves 2

Congee is one of East Asia's best comfort foods--a soft, almost puddingy rice soup with any number of toppings. Usually it's made with raw rice, but the beauty of this recipe is that it uses up both leftover Chinese takeout rice and leftover sliced Chinese roast pork (or shrimp, or whatever protein you may have ordered).


  • 2 cups cooked white rice
  • About 3 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup leftover cooked pork
  • 4 green onions, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • Salt to taste
  • Chinese-style hot chile oil*

How to Make It

  1. Heat cooked rice in a saucepan with enough chicken broth to cover. Bring to a boil, then simmer, uncovered, over medium-low heat 20 minutes. Stir in egg, breaking it up with a fork, and cook 1 minute more.

  2. Divide congee between 2 bowls and top with pork, green onions, and cilantro. Season with salt to taste, then drizzle with chile oil and serve immediately.

  3. *Find chile oil on the international section of your grocery store.