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please help a friend recovering from surgery who is desperate for congee

toutefrite Oct 15, 2008 06:49 PM

Congee is all she wants but most restaurants don't seem to serve it for dinner! Besides Hon and the place on Broadway is shut down! Please help me help her with any suggestions and those not in chinatown would be even more helpful.

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  1. fmed RE: toutefrite Oct 15, 2008 08:19 PM

    >> Besides Hon and the place on Broadway is shut down!

    You mean Congee Noodle House is shut down? (!)

    Try Kwong Chow at Main and 16th.

    Congee is a miracle cure!

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    1. re: fmed
      peter.v RE: fmed Oct 15, 2008 09:42 PM

      Walked by Congee Noodle House today and it was all papered up. Anyone know what happening? I was on the other side of the street and in a rush, so I couldn't investigate. It would be a shame. I love dragging people in there at 1 in the morning for some ostrich or sliced fish congee.

      EDIT: Alright... I thought maybe Coastal Health would have something. It suggests on there that renovations are taking place this fall. I would imagine that's what's up. Kind of scary all of the infractions they have though! Yeesh!

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        toutefrite RE: peter.v Oct 15, 2008 10:42 PM

        oh gawd. I don't even want to know.

      2. re: fmed
        toutefrite RE: fmed Oct 15, 2008 10:42 PM

        But Kwong Chow is only open in the daytinme, no? I can only go out to get it at night. Have you tried Kwong Chow yourself? And yes, congee cures all damnit!

        1. re: toutefrite
          fmed RE: toutefrite Oct 16, 2008 12:12 AM

          I didn't know that Kwong Chow was only open in the daytime. I have tried Kwong Chow - but I can't even remember when it was it was so long ago....and I don't think it was for congee.

          On Lok on Hastings may have congee at night. I remember my wife ordering it a while back. Penny close to it may have it as well. Sorry I couldn't more definitive.

          (Now there's always the homemade option....)

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            John Manzo RE: fmed Oct 16, 2008 10:07 AM

            I was going to mention this too- congee is pretty dead easy to make at home, and what better way to honour a sick friend eh?

      3. sleepycat RE: toutefrite Oct 16, 2008 10:25 AM

        just make it home

        if she likes it runny ... use more water and if she like it thick then use less water

        you can put in the rice whole or put it in a bag and crunch it up with a mallet for even smaller pieces. Put in some salt, meat and dried scallops are very good. Sautee the scallops first before putting into the congee.

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          jmil RE: toutefrite Oct 16, 2008 11:35 AM

          Mui Garden - 4265 Main St. may have it ..

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            fmed RE: jmil Oct 16, 2008 11:43 AM

            I think 'most' noodlehouses serve congee at night....but now toutefrite has given me cause to doubt this (I have never had a problem ordering congee at night...but that could just be dumb luck).

            1. re: fmed
              im_hungry RE: fmed Oct 16, 2008 11:11 PM

              Kwong Chow definitely serves congee at night. I've gone there for years for my late night congee fix. Boneless chicken and mushroom is my favourite. I think Kwong Chow's open til 2am.

              I hope Congee Noodle House reopens soon. I hate it when restaurants close for a "reno" and never come back.

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                toutefrite RE: im_hungry Oct 17, 2008 12:38 PM

                how strange, the website I visited said that it only opened from 11=2. Thanks for that. I would make my own but no kitchen at the moment. fmed, you may be right about noodlehouses, I just called all the regular chinese restaurants in my area. Thanks all.

                1. re: toutefrite
                  fmed RE: toutefrite Oct 17, 2008 12:50 PM

                  Probably a typo ("am"->"pm").

                  I don't think you will have a problem sourcing congee then.

                  I have made it using my rice cooker (on the congee setting)..but the outcome isn't as good as restaurant congee....still pretty decent though.

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                    toutefrite RE: fmed Oct 17, 2008 03:29 PM

                    Yes, I have tried and tried, and failed and failed to make homemade congee that rivals even the crappiest congee house's. I have also tried the rice cooked method. Disastrous. Technology defeats me every time.

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                      im_hungry RE: toutefrite Oct 17, 2008 09:21 PM

                      I don't think the secret is in technology. My conspiracy theory? I think the secret lies in the generous use of (mystery) fat and cornstarch. Whenever I get take out congee, there's always a filmy greasy residue left on the take out container. When I make my own congee, there's never a greasy residue, even when I pour the leftovers into a ziploc container. I'm resigned to the fact that my congee will never compete with the greasy goodness of restaurant congee!

                      1. re: im_hungry
                        fmed RE: im_hungry Oct 17, 2008 10:07 PM

                        I think you are right about the secret ingredients. Cornstarch for sure and I'm thinking pork fat (which we all know is a magic ingredient). I must try this next time I'm feeling the urge to make congee.

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                          HKDave RE: fmed Oct 17, 2008 11:00 PM

                          You shouldn't need cornstarch... the rice should supply enough starch. The restaurant tricks are:
                          a) start with a mixture of uncooked short-grain rice (2/3) and sticky rice (1/3). Starting with precooked rice isn't as good because a lot of the starch was removed in cooking.
                          b) lightly oil the raw rice and let sit for a few minutes before adding water (this is where that fat residue comes from).
                          c) at the end, add some 'chicken powder' (=MSG)!

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                            fmed RE: HKDave Oct 18, 2008 07:29 AM

                            Aha! Thanks HKDave.

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            HKDave RE: toutefrite Oct 17, 2008 10:44 PM

            Try Congee Noodle King, which seems to be the 'brother restaurant' of the closed Congee Noodle House on B'way. It's got the same menu and same relaxed attitude toward cleanliness. 3313 Kingsway @ Joyce.

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              toutefrite RE: HKDave Oct 18, 2008 01:15 PM

              thanks, and for the tip on cooking congee. very promising!

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