Ham hock and chicken thigh congee

Ham hock and chicken thigh congee

Ham hock and chicken thigh congee may sound like an odd combination, but when I was a kid, Mum would often make chicken congee and she would serve it with some extras on the table. She would have a bowl of shredded lettuce, a bowl of shredded ham plus some soy sauce and other condiments.

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Ham hock and chicken thigh congee served with shredded lettuce and soy sauce Gary Lum
Ham hock and chicken thigh congee served with shredded lettuce and soy sauce

Recipe

 

Ham hock and chicken thigh congee served with shredded lettuce and soy sauce Gary Lum
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Ham hock and chicken thigh congee
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
6 hr
Total Time
6 hr 5 mins
 
Ham hock and chicken thigh congee may sound like an odd combination, but when I was a kid, Mum would often make chicken congee and she would serve it with some extras on the table. She would have a bowl of shredded lettuce, a bowl of shredded ham plus some soy sauce and other condiments.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese
Servings: 4
Calories: 500 kcal
Author: Gary Lum
Ingredients
  • 1 cup rice
  • 1.5 L water
  • 1 ham hock
  • 5 chicken thighs
  • 1 tablespoon Chilli flakes
  • Lettuce (Shredded)
  • Soy sauce
Instructions
  1. Place the rice and water to the cooking vessel of your slow cooker
  2. Add the ham hock and the chicken pieces
  3. Sprinkle on the chilli flakes
  4. Cook for 6 hours
  5. After the slow cooker has finished, remove the cover and then remove the ham and chicken pieces
  6. Allow the ham and chicken to cool to finger touch
    Ham hock and chicken thighs after slow cooking for six hours Gary Lum congee
  7. Remove the bones and return the muscle and fat and skin back to the rice and mix it through the rice gruel
    Ham hock and chicken thighs after slow cooking for six hours Gary Lum congee
  8. Ladle some into a bowl and then aliquot the rest into containers for the refrigeration for lunches during the week
  9. Serve the bowl of congee with the shredded lettuce and soy sauce
Ham hock and chicken thighs after slow cooking for six hours Gary Lum congee
Ham hock and chicken thighs after slow cooking for six hours
Ham hock and chicken thighs after slow cooking for six hours Gary Lum congee
Ham hock and chicken thighs after slow cooking for six hours

Questions and answers

 

Could you use wine as well as water or stock?

Sure, but I limited the salt load because the ham hock would be very salt laden.

Can you cook this in Summer?

Yes, but in my opinion, congee is best in winter. It’s comfort food and it’s relatively cheap. This will give me four bowls and cost me just over $10.

Could you use low salt soy sauce?

Yes, definitely.

What do you do while it’s in the slow cooker?

Wouldn’t you like to know?

Could you cook this in a pressure cooker?

Yes, if you’re short of time, the pressure cooker would be perfect.

Are you still feeling melancholy?

Yes, a combination of feels really, partly still because of Wednesday evening.

What did you have for lunch today?

I had a Chicken Big Mac. It was pretty good.

Chicken Big Mac and vanilla shake McDonald's Gary Lum Belconnen
Chicken Big Mac and vanilla shake

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19 Responses

  1. I definitely have to print out THIS post!! Cooking for one is sometimes too much trouble, but with your recipes, I don’t mind putting in some effort! Thanks.

  2. Well I know my husband would like it after I read “fat and skin back”. Whenever I cook with a hock I always throw the fat and skin away when it’s cooked and given up its flavor. 😀

    1. Hehe, Karen, I love the flavour and mouth feel of the fat and skin. It would go well as a sandwich with butter 😃😋

  3. Very delicious looking congee, Gaz. The ham sounds very tender. A dish like this can only be delicious. I’m guessing you had leftovers 😀 KFC for dins on Friday and Maccas for lunch today. What a treat. I’ve always found their shakes to be too thick for my liking 🙁

    1. They are so tasty. I miss the ‘old days’ when they were a lot cheaper. Mind you, if they were still cheap, I’d eat a lot more and they’re probably not an every day item 😂

    2. They are so tasty. I miss the ‘old days’ when they were a lot cheaper. Mind you, if they were still cheap, I’d eat a lot more and they’re probably not an everyday item 😂

  4. I made this yesterday with one exception. My stomach can not handle spicy food, so instead of the pepper flakes, I added some minced garlic. I thought it was coming out bland, but once I drizzled the soy sauce on top of my portion, it all came together. Thanks!!

    1. That is very cool to know. I’m glad it came together. Without the soy it can be bland.
      Thank you so much for letting me know.

  5. What a briliant way to employ a ham hock and congee is always a go to dish in winter or when you are sick. Combined with chicken and sprinkled with chilli is amazing. Thanks for a great suggestion 8)

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