How to cook congee or rice porridge using a slow cooker?

Have you ever craved for a bowl of hot congee as a comfort food when you are not feeling very well? I like congee served with spring onions and doughstick/YuTiao (especially HaiNan YuTiao) in DimSum restaurants for a breakfast or a supper of chicken congee (bubur ayam) of Selat Panjang.

Methods:

  1. Wash 1.5 cup of rice (short grain rice e.g. calrose rice, but not basmati rice) using a a colander to serve congee for 2 people.
  2. Add water
  3. Add a slice of ginger, a pinch of ground pepper and salt.
  4. Add meat pieces e.g. fish, chicken, etc or century egg. (optional)
  5. If you use a ceramic slow cooker (but not metal pot), you can add some Chinese herbs e.g. jujube 红枣 (red date), Codonopsis root 党参 (dang shen).
  6. Cook overnight (8 hrs) using Low heat.
  7. Garnish with fresh cilantro and/or chopped scallions (optional)
  8. Serve with roasted nuts (optional)

Hints:

Fun to know:

A slow cooker can also be used to cook baked potatoes or Crème Brulee.

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