Midweek Health-Kick: Rice Porridge (my version of congee)

The ultimate mid-week comfort food – warming, filling and incredibly easy to put together – this rice porridge is one of my new favourite meals for a light, low-cal lunch or dinner on a fasting day.

You can add a number of different flavours into the basic dish, so I encourage everyone to experiment – try poached shredded chicken, roast duck, pork mince, assorted vegetables, and top with fried shallots or add an egg – the combinations are endless.

In this case, however, I have kept it simple with a vegetable combo of corn, shiitake mushrooms and chives.

Rice Porridge (serves 4, approx 185 cal per serve)


  • 1L (4 cups) chicken or vegetable stock
  • 3 cups water
  • 2/3 cup short or medium grain rice
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 5g dried shiitake mushrooms (chop or crumble while still dehydrated)
  • 200g corn (I used tinned)
  • 2 tbsp chives, chopped


  • Add your stock, water, rice and soy sauce into a saucepan to combine – no need to rinse the rice, you want the starch to thicken the liquid anyway.
  • Throw in the mushrooms and stir through.
  • Bring to the boil then turn down to a low simmer for about 30-40 minutes; you want the rice to be really soft and starting to break apart.
  • Add in the corn and cook for another 5 mins
  • Taste at this point and if the soy sauce didn’t cut it, add salt & pepper to your liking
  • Stir through half of the chives, then serve, garnished with the remaining chives

Yep, that easy!

Rice porridge (1 of 1)


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