Filipino-Style Congee (Lugaw)


This one's for you. Filipinos' all-time favorite food.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
51 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 16 mins
4 servings


  • 5 cups water

  • 2 cups uncooked white rice

  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 1 whole head garlic, minced

  • 1 tablespoon sliced ginger

  • 2 tablespoons sliced onion

  • 2 skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into cubes

  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce, or to taste

  • ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 teaspoon annatto powder

  • 2 hard-boiled eggs, peeled, or to taste

  • 2 tablespoons chopped spring onions, or to taste


  1. Bring water and rice to a boil in a large pot. Cook, stirring constantly, until rice is soft, about 25 minutes.

  2. Heat vegetable oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook and stir garlic in the hot oil until golden brown, 5 minutes. Transfer half of the garlic to a small bowl.

  3. Stir ginger into the garlic remaining in the saucepan; cook and stir until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add onion; cook and stir until softened, about 5 minutes. Add chicken; season with fish sauce and pepper. Cook and stir until chicken is no longer pink in the center, about 5 minutes.

  4. Stir chicken mixture into the rice. Dust annatto powder over rice using a strainer; stir until dissolved. Add hard-boiled eggs. Simmer on low, stirring constantly, until rice reaches a porridge-like consistency, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in spring onions.

  5. Garnish bowls of congee with reserved fried garlic.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

552 Calories
15g Fat
80g Carbs
22g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 552
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 3g 14%
Cholesterol 135mg 45%
Sodium 348mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 80g 29%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 22g
Vitamin C 6mg 28%
Calcium 84mg 6%
Iron 5mg 28%
Potassium 766mg 16%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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