Congee (Rice Porridge)

Congee

Congee

There are dozens of variations on the slow-cooked Chinese rice porridge, congee; it's cooked with vegetables or meat, topped with pickles or hard-boiled eggs. A common breakfast food said to be easy on the stomach, it sustains infants and the elderly, as well as those feeling under the weather.Todd Coleman

This comforting porridge, often eaten for breakfast in China and other parts of Asia mixed with fish or meat, gets a jolt of flavor from its garnish of scallions, chiles, and shallots. This recipe appeared in the iPad edition of our December 2012 issue along with Sushma Subramanian's story Feed a Fever.