Congee with soy eggs

This savoury, Asian version of our much loved porridge contains rice and meaty chicken stock to flavour the broth, and makes a wonderful breakfast or comforting dinner

  • Prep:10 mins
    Cook:25 mins
  • Serves 2
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 557
  • fat 28g
  • saturates 11g
  • carbs 41g
  • sugars 3g
  • fibre 2g
  • protein 34g
  • salt 4.1g


  • 100g sushi rice
  • 500ml fresh chicken stock
  • 100g cooked, shredded chicken, preferably leg meat (using leftovers is great)
  • 25g butter
  • a thumb-sized piece of ginger, finely chopped
  • 2 spring onions, thinly sliced
  • 25g roasted peanuts, crushed
  • small handful coriander
  • sriracha, to serve
  • 2 eggs
  • 300ml soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp granulated sugar


  1. First make the soy eggs. Bring a small pan of water to the boil and add the eggs. Boil for 6 mins, then lift the eggs out with a slotted spoon and place in cold water and leave to cool. When cool enough to handle, peel the eggs.

  2. In a small bowl mix the soy with the sugar, stirring well so that the sugar dissolves. Pour in 75ml water then add the eggs and leave in the soy mixture for at least 2 hours. You may need to put a little weight, or small plate on top of the eggs to keep them submerged, as they’ll be bobbing around.

  3. Next, make the congee. Place the rice in a small bowl and wash in running cold water until the water turns clear and doesn’t look milky. Add the chicken stock and the rice to a medium saucepan, bring to the boil then cook for 25 mins at a gentle simmer. If necessary, top up with a little water. You want it to be soupy, like a wet risotto.

  4. When the rice is cooked, season to taste and stir in the shredded chicken and chopped ginger. Add the butter to the pan, and stir until it is fully melted and incorporated.

  5. Remove the eggs from the soy mixture and cut in half. Divide the congee between 2 bowls. Scatter over the chopped spring onions and crushed peanuts. Top with the soy egg halves and a sprig of coriander. Drizzle the sriracha over and finish with a spoonful of the soy egg marinade.

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