Ok, so what defines the best breakfast food is completely subjective. Some people like savory, some sweet. Some go for things like pancakes or waffles covered in syrup or a lumberjack special. In some parts of the country, an egg and sausage burrito the size of my head is the standard way to get going in the morning. Other parts of the world start with soup, rice, or simply a croissant and cup of coffee. This is my pick for the ideal way to start the day.
yield 3-4 servings
1/2 c jasmine rice, leftover or raw
5 c water or stock of your choice
1/2 T sugar
Garnishes (pick your favorites):
sliced green onion
fried, raw, or poached egg
sliced thai chilies
finely shredded ginger
ground chicken or pork
fresh lime wedges
In a medium saucepan, place the rice and cooking liquid. Bring to a simmer, and add the sugar and some fish sauce. Stir in the meat, if using. Cook over low heat until the mixture is thick and creamy, adding more liquid as needed to keep the consistency fluid. This takes a minimum of 40 minutes, just keep cooking until the texture you want is achieved. I like mine to be creamy and soft, but still with discernible grains of rice.
Dish out the porridge into warmed bowls, and let everyone dress up the congee the way they want. Just make sure not to skimp on the fish sauce and lime juice. The combination is completely seductive.
Leftover jook can be stored in the refrigerator and revived with a bit of boiling water for future breakfasts.