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Thai Congee, Rice Porridge, Seafood

Thai Congee, Rice Porridge, Seafood

Delicious, warm soup for the heart and soul, this is an everyday meal that is often eaten by someone feeling ill similar to the way chicken soup might be used in America. In Thailand you can always find a street vendor offering congee, known in Thai as 'Joke' (taken from Cantonese language), early in the morning. This is often accompanied with Thai donuts. A similar recipe is khao tom which is not as thick as joke. Enjoy the pictures below as you can see a vendor making Joke the traditional way. Simple and delicious, and not only nutritious but also easy to eat so it's a fine remedy for someone feeling ill.


For 4 Person(s)


  • 1 1/4 Cups Broken Rice
  • 5 Cups Water
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
  • 9 Cups Chicken Broth or Pork Broth
  • 1 1/2 Cups Cooked Large Shrimp (or ground pork or other meat you prefer)

Ingredients For Garnish

  • Thai Pepper Powder
  • Mushroom Soy Sauce
  • Finely Slivered Fresh Ginger, or our Thai ginger
  • Spring Onions
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Method for Thai Congee, Rice Porridge, Seafood

Boil broken rice with water, salt, and oil on medium heat. Keep stirring constantly until the rice is very soft and breaks apart (30-45 minutes).

Prepare the traditional stock using bullion cubes or pork bones.

Scoop about 1 1/2 cups cooked rice into another medium sized soup pot with 1 cup broth. Bring it to a boil, stirring, and season with a bit of soy sauce. Adjust the flavor as you prefer.

Transfer to a serving bowl. Top with cooked seafood, mushroom, onion and cilantro. Sprinkle with Thai pepper powder. Add a touch of dried ground chile at the end for added flavor. Serve hot and enjoy! We offer an instant joke porridge by Kaset.


Overall Rating (5)

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People in this conversation

  • Vic

    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Is this ever prepared in a vegetarian way?

  • Anonymous

    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    can this be packaged for ready to cook

  • Jordan Phommyvong

    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Yes and yes, there's several vegetarian products you can use as substitutions. And as far as being packaged, they have instant rice porridge from several different companies. Best bet is to look for the same one that makes Mama noodles.

  • Dave Amorde

    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    A local Thai restaurant serves this at lunch on Mondays, with a sour soup broth, garlic, lemongrass, spring onions. So simple, so DELICIOUS!

  • Anonymous

    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Could you name and describe the vegetarian products?


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