Lunch Today: Congees from Congee Village

Lunch Today

Lunchtime adventures from the Serious Eats editors.


We also ordered the roasted duck congee, pictured here. [Photograph: Shell Tu]

We ordered take-out from Congee Village recently. (Yeah, we're a little crazy to order congee in the summer.) As the name suggests, Congee Village is dedicated to all things congee, the Asian rice porridge, with over 30 varieties ranging from $2.95 to $7.75. If dining in, the congee is served bubbling hot in a terracotta casserole, steaming with the aroma of whatever's added on top. It's hearty, soothing, and technically more of a winter staple, but as a congee enthusiast, I can eat it anytime (and do!).

Each serving is a generous portion, enough for two people, so we planned accordingly and ordered three kinds for the entire office. The chicken with shiitake mushroom congee ($3.95) was our favorite. The rice in the congee is nicely cooked down to an almost creamy texture, and the soup is well-flavored like some sort of chicken stock. Thin slices of shiitake mushroom are blended with chunks of tender, flavorful chicken cubes.

Congee Village

100 Allen Street, New York NY 10002 (map); 212-941-1818