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Congee at an Asian Grocery?

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I love congee in the morning. I figured that I would be able to find it at the grocery stores in Elmhurst or Flushing, but no one seems to know what I'm talking about. They keep pointing me to the uncooked rice aisle. With all the instant breakfasts out there, you would thnk you could fnd packaged congee. Anyone know where I can get it?

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  1. I'm not aware of a prepared jook or congee product like you're looking for, but it could be out there. You're probably getting referred to the rice aisle because that's the closest you'll get to buying jook in a grocery store. While I haven't gotten around to doing it myself, preparing jook at home is apparently very easy. Here's a link to get you started:

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/2790...

    Along these lines, I haven't found any place in Flushing that makes a great jook. Corner 28 does an OK version, but if anyone else out there can make other recommendations, I'd love to hear them.

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    Corner 28
    40-28 Main St, Queens, NY 11354

    1. Are you talking about congee in a can? I've seen it in Asian markets near the area by the cash registers (along with those mango puddings). Personally I don't think it's that tasty as texture is too gluey. In addition, all of the ones I've come across tend to be on the sweet side (and I'm more of a savory breakfast gal). Not sure if I've seen a dehydrated version (kind of like instant oatmeal). I'd check the area by those sesame/almond paste soups.

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      1. re: Miss Needle

        We bring back an instant (dehydrated) version from thailand. Kind of like a congee version of ramen. savory chicken flavor. Wouldn't call it especially good, but the kids like it. It's knorr brand, in a small green foil-type pouch. I'd give you more info, but the writing on it is mainly in thai. it seems to be called "energy cup jok" and it is made in thailand. So maybe check one of the thai grocery stores. or perhaps a large asian supermarket's knorr section?

        1. re: Miss Needle

          Not in a can necessarily, but I was thinking along the lines of "instant oatmeal." I've seen the Corner 28 offerings, but haven't tried them as I usually get there after lunch. One of these days I'll try to take my breafast there. They also offer it at the dim sum places.

          I just find it a bit odd that an extremely popular dish is not found in grocery stores as ready made. Perhaps its because it's so basic that no one would buy it (except dumb Americans like me!)

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          Corner 28
          40-28 Main St, Queens, NY 11354

          1. re: ForestHillsFresser

            this thai kind is like instant oatmeal. and it's possible, if knorr makes one in thailand, that they also make one in/for china. It's been my experience that when I ask about anything in asian groceries in flushing, no one seems to understand me or know what I'm talking about. but that doesn't mean they don't have the item i'm looking for. try looking where the knorr soups etc are the next time. not saying you'll have success, but maybe.