Congee or porridge (粥) is not only a staple food among the Chinese community but also one of the first few baby foods recommended for weaning. It is a versatile dish which can be easily prepared and served with added ingredients like fish, chicken, pork or veggies to enhance the flavour and increase its nutritional value. The texture and consistency of the congee is determined by three main factors which are the type of rice used, the rice-water ratio and the time spent in cooking.
My family prefers Cantonese-style porridge which has a smooth and silky texture. It normally requires 1 to 2 hours cooking time to achieve this consistency regardless of what cooking utensil is used. Therefore, I will never cook congee if I need to whip up a quick-fix meal. However, that was before I discovered a new method on how to produce congee with smooth and silky texture in just half an hour. In fact, the rice will turn into congee in merely 15 minutes!! There are no complicated steps involved in my recipe. It’s simple enough for everyone to replicate at home. All you need is to take note of the important pointers that I had listed in my recipe at PAGE 2 to ensure a bowl of silky smooth congee in a short time. Below are a few of them:
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This superfast congee recipe is just my quick version to whip up a Cantonese-style congee. Thus, it may not meet the expectation of those who are looking for a perfect Hong Kong style congee recipe that is served in five-star Chinese restaurant. But, if you have a sudden craving for congee or urgently need to feed your kid’s empty stomach in a very short time (where no other alternative is available), then this recipe is definitely the right solution for you. The suggested servings for this congee are chicken balls with shredded shitake mushrooms. You can find the recipe for chicken balls at PAGE 3.