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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Chicken jook ( congee ) / Chicken rice porridge


It's cold , windy and gloomy in our side of the world .....

What could be better than this hearty rice porridge ?!

This is my take on both arroz caldo ( Filipino-style congee  ) and the Cantonese jook .....

Flavorsome with light , creamy texture , this simple and easy one-dish meal is sure to please anyone looking for some homey and comforting meal in this gloomy weather ....


1/2 cup ( rice cooker cup or a scant cup if using 1/2 measuring cup ) jasmine rice
2 liters / 8 1/2 cups water ( if using broth omit the chicken powder )
5 pieces chicken ( mid-joint) wings or use breast , thigh or leg
a generous teaspoon of finely chopped ginger
1 clove  garlic , minced
1 small shallot , finely chopped

some coarse salt
a generous dash of ground white pepper
1/2 teaspoon brown sugar
1/8 teaspoon chicken powder

To serve :

2 boiled egg , sliced
1 stick yau ja gwai or you tiao ( deep fried Chinese pastry )
some sliced spring onion

* Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat , add in the garlic , ginger and shallot , stir fry until fragrant . Add the chicken , cook for about 2 minutes then add in the rice . Stir well to combine , about a minute .
* Pour in the water , let boil and cook over medium low heat for an 1 hour and 10 minutes , stirring from time to time to prevent the rice from sticking at the bottom . Don't forget to put a pair of chopstick ( or whatever that is available for you to use ) on parallel between the pot and the lid , so that some of the steam escape and the mixture won't boil over . Add salt , white pepper , sugar and chicken powder after an hour , stir well and continue cooking , adjust taste . Serve piping hot with egg slices , yau ja gwai and some sliced spring onion .    

Yau ja gwai / deep fried Chinese pastry 

31 comments:

  1. Anne, its freezing in the office, and I would love a bowl of your chok!

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    1. Mich , this will certainly warms you up ! lol

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  2. An interesting recipe which I would like to try this winter! Here is minus 5 today, cold and windy with some snow

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    1. Ola , you'll certainly love this porridge esp with your very cold winter :D

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  3. My favourite! Chicken porridge! I cooked this at least once a month, my family's favourite as well! I love it with lots of white pepper powder, spring onions and crispy fried shallots! My hubby's favourite is the yau char kwai to go with the porridge! Your bowl is making me hungry, I love it piping hot!! Yum, yum!!

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  4. Anne, This is so nice...I can have this everyday without complaining :) It's definitely a comfort food!

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  5. Oh! It's been ages since I had chicken porridge & yau char kwai is my favorite! This looks so yummy & comforting indeed with yau char kwai! Hou-hou sek (veli yummy in Cantonese) Yum-yum :) Now I wanna make some too!

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    1. Kit , veli veli ho sek indeed ! lol And I've missed eating yau ja kwai even though I almost always seen it here and there :P

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  6. I have never sampled chicken rice porridge. The weather is definitely getting colder, we had our first snow. Its 2' O'clock at my place.I am home, its still snowing and I want congee.

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    1. Bal , thanks for the heads up , I've edited it already :D Good thing that there's no snow here ! lol

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  7. yummy!chicken porridge is the most common type of porridge that i cook. Does the filipino style put in eggs? i normally put in salted egg..hehe..

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    1. Lena , egg is very important in making arroz caldo , even without chicken and stuff as long as there's an egg or 3 I'm a happy camper ! :D

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    2. merry christmas to you, anne!!

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  8. Love a one dish, homey meal!!! Inclement weather is headed our way and this looks like a perfect cold weather dish!!!

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  9. Hi Anne, how you know I love this chicken jook? Make mine with extra you tiao, please.LOL
    Look sooo mouth watering and yummylicious.

    The you tiao look so tempting.... long time I didn't make this. Must arrange my time to make, one of this day... yum yum

    Have a nice week ahead,regards.

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    1. Amelia , I've been meaning to make this for a long time as well :D The gloomy and cold weather this week is just the right time for making it ...

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    2. Hi Anne, drop by with a big slice of guava chiffon cake to wish you a very Merry Christmas. May the good times of the present become the golden memories of tomorrow. Wish you lots of love, joy and happiness.

      Glad no dooms day celebration. We care still kicking and alive to fool around in each other blog. LOL
      Warm regards
      Amelia

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  10. wow I love Cantonese congee, esp. with century eggs ;-) Yours with chicken and yau ja gwai looks very delicious too.

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    1. Angie , I also love century eggs so as salted eggs , for that matter :D

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  11. Oh wow...that's A1 porridge for me. This would be perfect for this freezing weather here. Love that yau ja kwai. That I also can't find here :( Need to learn how to make. Then I'll also have A! porridge :D

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  12. Oh, I can have few bowls of your Kai jook, and with Yau cha gwai then even more perfect !

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    1. Sonia , nothing beats congee with yau ja gwai ! lol

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  13. Hi Anne, I love the festive header! It was literally a wow from me when it was displayed, pardon my absence, have been away for awhile :) Nothing like a bowl of congee to warm the stomach especially on cold days. Here's wishing you and your family a very Happy and Blessed Christmas!

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  14. Hi Anne! I love chicken congee with yau cha gwai, yours is perfect for the cold weather we are experiencing these days. Yum! Merry Christmas to you and your family, happy holidays!

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  15. How I wish for a bowl of warm congee now. The sky is dark and glommy. I need this to warm my body.ehheheheh

    Merry Xmas & Happy New Year Anne!

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  16. Merry Christmas and Happy 2013 to you and your family!

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  17. Hi Anne! Dropping by to wish you and your family a very MERRY CHRISTMAS and a fruitful 2013 year ahead!

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  18. I absolutely love the texture and flavors of porridge-it s very similar to oatmeal or a rice pudding. Delicious!
    Thanks for sharing.

    Velva

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  19. Hi Anne,
    Love your blog...always have comfort food:)
    Love your Khai chok, especially with yau cha gwai. So yummy!
    mui

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  20. Oh wow I just made a big pot of congee the other night in my slow cooker. Such a great meal and so cheap and easy to make!

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