Thai Congee Breakfast Porridge | Nutrition Stripped
Eat Well Dec. 27. 2016

Simple Congee Breakfast Porridge

Dec. 27. 2016
McKel Kooienga, MS, RDN, LDN

McKel Kooienga, MS, RDN, LDN

Founder of Nutrition Stripped® and the Mindful Nutrition Method™

A simple, Thai inspired congee rice porridge recipe for a savory, whole foods breakfast.

Oh, congee. When I was in Thailand, I had this for breakfast every single day with piles of fresh tropical fruit. I just couldn’t get enough!

When the weather here in Nashville starts taking a turn for the cold, my body craves naturally warming and cozy foods, especially to start the day. Congee rice porridge is perfect for this!

Congee Breakfast Porridge

In its simplest form, congee is boiled white rice. Traditionally, it usually has some type of chicken or vegetable stock depending on where you get it.

The congee that I had in Thailand was served with hot chili oil, kimchi, chives in addition to some fresh cucumber and pepper salad. All in all, it’s a fantastic, balanced recipe.

How To Make Congee Breakfast Porridge

For breakfast, I like to make my congee with water. That way, I can add sweet or savory garnishes on top.

Since congee is simply made with white rice and liquid, adding in some fun toppings not only boosts the flavor but also the nutrient density.

My favorite way to do this is to add a couple of poached eggs on top. If eggs aren’t your thing, that’s okay! Try out steamed edamame, tofu, tempeh or even natto (fermented beans) if you’re feeling especially adventurous. Kimchi is a must in my book for congee as well. It’s loaded with probiotics, which are key to keeping our digestion balanced and happy.

I also love adding chili oil. You can easily make this at home by slicing a couple chilis in half and putting them in a bottle of high quality olive oil. Let it soak for a couple of days and ta-da, you have chili oil!

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Garnish Ideas:

  • Chopped chives or shallots
  • Poached eggs
  • Tofu, tempeh, or edamame
  • Chili oil
  • Kimchi or natto (fermented goodies!)
  • Sauted veggies like red cabbage (as pictured in my congee bowl)
  • Cilantro
  • Steamed squash or sweet potatoes (including purple!)
  • Sesame seeds
  • Fresh sliced cucumber or bell peppers

Foundational Five

Learn how you can nourish your body at each meal by creating a Foundational Five Nourish Meal. This is McKel’s simple framework she’s used with thousands of clients in her decade as a Dietitian and now you can use it too!

The Foundational Five supports you in nourishing your physical body so you can learn what to eat, which is the first step in mindful eating. The remainder is knowing how to eat and to experience your food positively.

Eating in this way supports your physical body on a cellular level ensuring you’re consuming the nutrients you need to have a sharp focus, calm digestion, lasting energy, sound sleep, and vibrant long-term health.

Here are the following Foundational Five Elements in this recipe:

1 • Non-starchy Carbohydrate

  • Kimchi
  • Chives
  • Red cabbage
  • Cucumber

2 • Starchy Carbohydrate

  • White rice

3 • Healthy Fat

  • Sesame seeds

4 • Protein

  • Poached egg

5 • Flavor Factor

  • Vegetable stock
  • Kimchi
  • Sesame seeds
  • Chili sauce

The Recipe

Serves 4-6



1 cup white rice

6 cups water or vegetable stock

Optional Garnish:



Poached egg

Sauteed red cabbage

Sesame Seeds

Chili sauce




Step 1

Bring your water to a boil and add the rice. Bring all ingredients to a simmer and cover the pan.

Step 2

Continue to simmer for 30-45 minutes until the rice porridge is very creamy. While the rice is simmering, you can prepare the optional garnishes.

Step 3

Remove from heat, add your desired garnishes, and serve warm.


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