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Abalone Chicken Congee

Abalone Chicken Congee (Porridge)

Abalone Chicken Congee Recipe

This homely and luxurious bowl of abalone chicken congee is full of umami sweetness! For convenience, place ikan bilis in a disposable soup pouch and discard after cooking.


  • 8 dried scallops (conpoy/干贝)
  • 2 chicken legs/thighs (skin removed) may also use 400 grams of chicken breast
  • 1000 + 1200 ml water
  • 1 cup rice
  • 1 can abalone sliced thinly; reserve the abalone broth from the can
  • 8 red dates
  • 2 carrots peeled & cut to small chunks
  • 2 tbsp ikan bilis (dried anchovies/江鱼仔) for convenience, place them in a disposable soup pouch
  • coriander for garnishing
  • dashes of white pepper to taste


  1. Rinse dried scallops and soak them in a small bowl of hot water until softened. Shred the scallops and reserve the soaking water.
  2. Boil chicken in 1000ml of water for 20 minutes. Take out the chicken and shred when cool enough to handle. Warm the abalone slices for 1 minute in the chicken broth using a slotted ladle. Strain the chicken broth. Set aside.
  3. Rinse rice until water runs clear, then add washed rice to a soup pot with the shredded scallops, red dates, carrots, ikan bilis and 1200ml of water.
  4. Bring to a boil. Leave the lid partially open and reduce heat to a simmer. Stir the bottom of the pot every now and then to prevent the rice from sticking to the base. Simmer for about 15-20 minutes until the rice turns to porridge.
  5. Add the scallops soaking water, abalone broth and chicken broth. Continue simmering for 10-15 minutes, until the porridge reaches a congee consistency. Top up with more chicken stock or hot water whenever needed.
  6. Ladle congee to serving bowls and top with abalone slices, shredded chicken, white pepper and coriander leaves.


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50 comments on “Abalone Chicken Congee”

  1. Wow.. the bowls that you used are so nice.. Where did u buy them from ? Thanks

    • Hi Jessica, it was a free gift from knorr a few years back during CNY promo period. Don’t think they are giving it away or selling it now :(

    • Hi wiffy,

      thanks for your reply. oh how abt those chicken design bowls. that i saw from ur other photos.. they look great… where u bought from them ?

      I like the photos u took.. the lightning and colors combination are great.

    • thanks for your kind words. I have replied your earlier question (sorry I was late), you can read it here :)

  2. Hi Noobcook, this is a great site just love it! You made home cooking look enjoyable and easy! You have really inspired me to do more Chinese cooking for family and entertaining!

  3. Can I substitute carrot with Japanese sweet potato? Happen to have some in my pantry.

  4. What a beautiful congee! I’ve never tasted abalone and would love to. It sounds great here as does the broth.

  5. Hi, i would love to try this recipe. Can I use a slow cooker instead? Thanks!

  6. Hi Wiffy! What do you mean by abalone broth? Is it the “soup” thing in the can the abalones are from or do you mean the water we boil the abalones in? Thanks!

  7. would this work without the abalone? I really dislike the taste of it. What can I use to replace the abalone broth then?

  8. Hello! Can I replace the chicken with NTUC chicken fillet instead?

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