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½ thumb-size piece of ginger, peeled and sliced
1 spring onion, roughly chopped
1–2 tbsp avocado
150g of brown rice
1 tsp salt
½ tsp white pepper
1 litre of vegetable stock
3 litres of water
The Soy Sauce
6 tbsp low sodium light soy sauce
1 tsp sugar
3 tbsp hot water
1 finely sliced seedless bird’s eye chilli
2 tbsp homemade pickled ginger
1 tbsp roasted peanuts
1 finely chopped spring onion
3 sprigs of picked coriander leaves
Dried Shiitake mushrooms
100g crispy baked kale
300g plain white silken tofu, sliced into cubes
For the congee, peel and finely slice the ginger and then roughly chop one of the spring onions into 4–5cm lengths. Do not wash the rice, instead massage 1–2 tbsp of avocado oil into the rice grains, so that the oil seems to wrap around the rice. Allow the rice to sit in a saucepan, soaking in the oil, for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
While the rice is soaking, prepare your choice of condiments in separate bowls. If making ‘The Soy Sauce’, combine 6 tbsp of low sodium light soy sauce, 3 tbsp hot water, and a tsp of sugar in a ramekin. Finely slice your bird’s eye chilli then stir this through the rest of the mixture, making sure to dissolve the sugar, before setting the ramekin aside.
When the rice is fully soaked in the saucepan, add the salt, white pepper, chicken stock and water to the pan, along with the sliced ginger and the roughly chopped spring onion.
Place the saucepan on a high heat and bring to boil. Once boiling, turn the heat down to the lowest possible setting; then whilst simmering, cover with a lid. Simmer for 1 ½ hours, then remove the lid and continue simmering until the congee has started to thicken.
At this point, you can serve it as is, or continue boiling until the congee has reached your desired thickness, stirring occasionally so as not to stick at the bottom of the pan. Jeremy’s personal preference in terms of thickness is to keep it boiling until it has reached a ‘light oatmeal porridge’ texture.
Portion the congee into bowls and serve with your choice of condiments on the side.