Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Whole Foods Cooking Class: Congee

I took yet another Whole Foods cooking class all about Chinese Dim Sum the other weekend and my favorite dish was this Congee. It is easy, full of veggies and super flavorful.

To me, any dish with rice is comforting.  Being filipino, growing up I ate rice every single day.  Even with breakfast sometimes. Rice reminds me of sitting around the dining room table with my family.  We did that every evening.  I definitely want to do that when I have children someday. 

Congee (recipe credit to Ani Loizzo of Whole Foods)

2 cups sushi rice, rinsed well
8 ounces sliced shiitake mushrooms
1 medium onion, sliced
1 cup shredded carrots
2 baby bok choy, thinly sliced
1 stalk lemongrass, pounded and minced
2 inches of ginger, peeled and minced
2 green onions, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
1/4 cup sesame oil


Combine sushi rice and three cups of water in a medium pot with a lid and bring to a simmer. Cook for 30-35, or until the rice is very soft and creamy, stirring occassionally.

Meanwhile, heat the sesame oil in a very large pan and cook mushrooms, onions, carrots, bok choy, lemongrass and ginger until soft and brown, about 20-25 minutes. Stir together rice, vegetables, green onions and sesame seeds, season to taste and serve.

Serves 8 as a side dish.

This dish is great served plain but also with a splash of soy sauce.


  1. That looks delicious! I used to hate eating rice growing up, and always begged mom and dad for potatoes, haha. Now I love rice, but I still don't eat it very often.


  2. Oh yummy that sounds do delic! I am so going to make that for Jay and I...I bet it would be really good with shrimp added or chicken too! Yum!


  3. I also love rice. I just discovered a variety at as Asian market by my house called Homai Calrose. The taste and texture are SO GOOD. And unlike sushi rice/short rice, it's not super duper sticky - it's just the right amount. I've almost already gone through the 5 pound bag I purchased! This dish looks great, I'll give it a try!

  4. rice is our staple food. we eat rice from breakfast to dinner. we also have a variety of desserts made of rice! :)

  5. This congee looks like great comfort food!

  6. Congees are really great served warm for me- a real comfort food indeed. So flavorful and healthy, thanks for posting the cooking steps. Sure to try out this one. philippines outsourcing