1 cup short grain rice
4 cups water
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 knob of ginger, finely mashed
fish sauce to taste
soy sauce to taste
toasted sesame seeds, optional
frozen peas, optional
finely diced carrot, optional
dried shrimp, optional
finely shredded cooked meat, optional
diced SPAM, fried until crisp, optional
chili paste, optional
Combine rice, water, garlic and ginger in a pot and bring to a simmer. Simmer until rice is tender, adding more water as needed to reach desired consistency. This can take from 20 minutes to an hour, depending on the texture and consistency you like your congee.
Once the right consistency is reached, add the ingredients that need to simmer for a minute or two (frozen peas, minced carrots) then season to taste with fish sauce and soy sauce. When adding a fish sauce, make sure to add a little at a time?too much fish sauce can be added very easily.
Either stir-in or top with other ingredients, and serve piping hot with a soothing cup of tea.