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8 Baby Congee Recipes Made with Rice, Wholesome Ingredients and Love

Baby congee to a chinese mother means rice and wholesome ingredients home cooked to perfect softness and tastiness.

In many East Asian countries, rice porridge or congee is one of the first semi-solid food babies eat after milk. It is one of the most important homemade baby food a chinese mother will learn to make.

Why rice porridge?

Because it makes a great base or should I say carrier. It is easy on the stomach and is extremely digestible. It provides the baby with needed carbohydrates for energy and helps the body absorbs the nutrients of the added ingredients. Wholesome food for babies and toddlers.


You can cook the rice porridge in a pot over the stove, the rice cooker, or the slow cooker.

Recipe 1: Pork rib congee

Let's start by cooking a simple rice porridge flavoured with pork ribs. Click here for some basic instructions on how to cook rice porridge if you are not familiar with it.

Ingredients
  • 1 large pork rib
  • 1 cup rice
  • 10 cups water
  • Dash of salt

Many parents I meet say that they do not introduce salt or sugar into their babies' diet until they are older. If you hold the same opinion, omit the seasonings.

Directions
  1. Parboil the pork rib, remove and rinse
  2. Place the rib, rice and water into the pot and bring to a boil
  3. Continue to cook until the porridge is done
  4. When the porridge is done, remove the pork rib
  5. Season with salt if necessary

You can substitute the pork rib with chicken thigh or beef ribs or even ready-made soup stock. Just be mindful that ready made stock can have a high sodium content.

You can also cook a pot of plain rice porridge and add fresh ingredients like mashed carrots, white fish, tofu, egg, finely chopped green leafy vegetables and more.

Or you can cook the rice together with the ingredients.

Recipe 2: Tofu and egg yolk

Tofu and egg are soft food and do not require long cooking time to soften them, unless carrot or pumpkin. If you already have some rice porridge, you can try the following recipe.

This is suitable for 9 to 12 month old.

Ingredients
  • 1/2 tub of soft tofu
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup rice
  • 10 cups water
Directions
  1. Mash the tofu
  2. Boil the egg for about 8 minutes
  3. Remove the egg shell and egg white and mash the yolk
  4. Prepare the rice porridge, add the mashed tofu and mashed egg yolk. Mix well
  5. Remove from heat and feed

Carrot is a very popular vegetable. It becomes so sweet and soft when well-cooked. I know carrot puree is a popular baby food but I think the taste and flavor of 100% carrot puree can be quite strong.

I much prefer it balanced out with some rice porridge. Here are 2 recipes. The first one pairs carrot with white bait. The other is with another vegetable: spring onion.

Recipe 3: Carrot With White Bait

White bait are small white fish rich in calcium and iron. Good for developing healthy bones and teeth. If you can get fresh ones, use them. If not, dried ones are equally good.

white bait
Ingredients
  • 10g carrot
  • 1 tbsp dried or 1/2 cup fresh white bait
  • 1 cup rice
  • 10 cups water
Directions
  1. Peel the carrot and chop finely
  2. Wash the white baits. Soak well if dried
  3. Add the rice, water, carrot and white baits
  4. Cook till the rice porridge is done
  5. Remove from heat and feed

Recipe 4: Carrot with Spring Onion

Ingredients
  • 1 cup rice
  • 3 stalks of spring onion
  • 30g carrot
  • 10 cups water
  • Dash of salt

Remove the spring onion before feeding. This is suitable for 1 year old and above.

Directions
  1. Rinse rice and soak in water
  2. Cut the spring onion into big sections
  3. Dice the carrot
  4. Put the rice, carrot and spring onion in the pot with the water
  5. Cook till the rice porridge is done
  6. Season with salt if necessary

Recipe 5: Spinach

Spinach is rich in folic acid and iron. It is also very soft when cooked so it is an excellent ingredient for baby food.

Ingredients
  • 1 leaf of spinach
  • 2 tbsp fresh milk
  • 1/2 cup rice
  • 10 cups water
Directions
  1. Rinse and parboil the spinach leaf
  2. Drain and chop the spinach finely
  3. Prepare the rice porridge accordingly
  4. Add the milk and spinach and cook till done
  5. Remove from heat and feed

Recipe 6: Chinese yam

Fresh Chinese yam is very similar to potato but has much more complex carbohydrates. Grate finely or cut into small cubes.

Suitable for 1 year old and above.

Ingredients
  • 200g chinese yam (huai shan)
  • 30g chinese wolfberries
  • 1 cup rice
  • 10 cups water
  • Dash of salt
Directions
  1. Peel the chinese yam, rinse and cut into small pieces
  2. Rinse the rice and soak in water
  3. Cook the rice together with the chinese yam for 1 hour
  4. Add the chinese wolfberries and cook till soft
  5. Add salt to season if necessary

Most baby rice porridge are savoury but sweet ones are great for babies too. The recipes contain red dates, lily bulbs, wolfberries, and rock sugar.

Rock sugar (bing tang) is a type of dessert sugar used to flavor Chinese desserts. It can be substituted with other types of sugar but preferably not white processed sugar.

Recipe 7: Red dates

Ingredients
  • 10 red dates, cored
  • 1 cup rice
  • 10 cups water
  • Dash of salt or rock sugar
Directions
  1. Wash the rice and soak in water for about 2 hours, if you have time
  2. Wash the red dates to remove any dirt
  3. Place the rice and red dates into the pot
  4. Add the water and bring to a boil
  5. Lower the heat and cook for 1 hour
  6. Season with rock sugar

Recipe 8: Lily bulb and goji

Ingredients
  • 30g lily bulb
  • 30g chinese wolfberries
  • 1 cup rice
  • 10 cups water
  • 10g rock sugar
Directions
  1. Rinse all ingredients except rock sugar and soak in water
  2. Cook the lily bulb and rice in water and bring to a boil
  3. Lower the heat and cook for 2 hours
  4. Add the chinese wolfberrries and cook well
  5. Season with the rock sugar

Last but not least, invest in some quality appliances and carriers to make or store your homemade baby food.

Happy congee-ing, Phoebe

Please share if this has been helpful to you. Comments are welcome too.



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