Why fully-loaded congees are trending, and why congee is a Lunar New Year taboo. Photo: Instagram/@celestialpeach_uk
Why fully-loaded congees are trending, and why congee is a Lunar New Year taboo. Photo: Instagram/@celestialpeach_uk

Congee purists vs maximalists: why the humble rice porridge polarises diners. Plus: should you eat it at Lunar New Year?

  • Congee, the rice porridge that is loved across Asia, has an almost unlimited variety of toppings, and is often eaten as a restorative
  • The jury is still out about when to eat congee at Lunar New Year, with its associations with poverty, although in Cantonese its name ‘jook’ sounds like ‘plenty’

Why fully-loaded congees are trending, and why congee is a Lunar New Year taboo. Photo: Instagram/@celestialpeach_uk
Why fully-loaded congees are trending, and why congee is a Lunar New Year taboo. Photo: Instagram/@celestialpeach_uk
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