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Chinese Dim Sum Chicken Congee Recipe (Gai Juk)

Updated on March 7, 2012
Chicken congee with peanuts and wonton chips (gai juk/jook)
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Congee or rice soup or porridge is a simple breakfast of a lot of Asian especially Chinese. Basically congee is rice cooked in large amount of liquid either water or broth. It is very inexpensive breakfast. With one cup of rice you can make a large pot of soup that will feed a lot of people. It can be eaten at all times of day but preferably in the morning. It is a magical remedy for any ailments such as cold and stomachache.

Congee or juk (jook) is also popular dim sum food. Most dim sum restaurants will include congee on their menu. Usually, the thick rice soup is served with chicken, century egg, or you tiao (Chinese donut), salted duck egg, tofu and seasoned with soy sauce and pepper.

Here is how to make Chinese chicken congee. Next time you are craving of delicious and warm chicken congee, you will have no need go to dim sum restaurant. It's easy and tasty.

What You Need

Serves 6


1 cup long grain rice

12 cups chicken stock

1 piece of fresh ginger (about 1/2-inch)

1 lbs boneless chicken breast

1 tsp Chinese rice wine

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp sugar

3 spring onions

light soy sauce

chopped spring onions (garnish)

ground white pepper

How to Fix

  • Slice the chicken into 1-inch pieces. In a bowl, combine chicken, salt, sugar and rice wine. Set aside.
  • Wash the rice.
  • In a large pot, combine rice, chicken stock, ginger and spring onions. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Lower the heat to medium-low and simmer for 2 hours or until the rice soup is thick and creamy. If the congee is too thick, add chicken stock or water to thin it.
  • Add the marinated chicken into the hot simmering congee. Stir and simmer for about 10 minutes. Transfer to serving bowls. Serve with chopped spring onions, ground white pepper, soy sauce and or Chinese bread stick (you tiao), century egg .

Chicken Congee (Gai Juk)


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