Corn congee


from _Smith & Deli-cious_ by Mo Wyse and Shannon Martinez


2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tsp sesame oil, plus extra to garnish
4 large spring onions, white and green parts, finely sliced, plus extra to garnish
2 garlic cloves, minced
20 g ginger, peeled and julienned
1 star anise
420 g tin of creamed corn
150 g jasmine rice
3 tbsp Shaoxing wine or dry sherry
1 tbsp light soy sauce
1 litre vegetable or chicken stock
freshly sliced chilli or chilli oil, to garnish
pickled Chinese mushrooms, to garnish


Heat both oils in a saucepan over a medium heat. Sweat off the spring onion, garlic and ginger until soft, then add the star anise. Cook for another minute, then add the corn, stir again and cook for another 2 minutes.

Add the rice and stir to coat. Add the wine and soy sauce and cook out for 30 seconds. Pour the stock over the rice and bring to a simmer. Reduce he heat to low and cook, stirring regularly to avoid the rice sticking for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until the rice is very soft and beginning to fall apart. Add a little extra stock if needed during cooking. Remove the star anise.

Garnish with extra sliced spring onion and a drizzle of sesame oil. If you like it hot, add some fresh chilli or chilli oil.