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Vietnamese Pheasant Congee – Rice Porridge

Vietnamese Pheasant Congee – Rice Porridge

Vietnamese Pheasant Congee known as Rice Porridge in a bowl

This authentic Vietnamese rice porridge brings my childhood recipe to life with its silky texture and aromatic flavors.

This recipe is my childhood in a bowl. Its restorative powers are equal to that of chicken noodle soup, and my mom made it for all occasions – whenever we craved it or when I wasn’t feeling well and needed something light and warm in my belly. I love this soup’s silkiness; the scratch-made broth and fried shallots will also make your house smell wonderful. I was equally happy with the results I got with pheasant meat.

The ginger-garlic sauce and Vietnamese coriander complete this porridge. I skipped these more pungent flavors when I was a little girl, but thankfully, I’ve grown up, and my palate has changed. The aromas are so fresh, piquant, and familiar, and though I’m 1,500 miles away from home, one whiff and this dish can quickly take me back. Some recipes have that kind of magic, and this is one of those for me.

Vietnamese Pheasant Congee known as Rice Porridge in a bowl

Vietnamese Pheasant Congee – Rice Porridge

This authentic Vietnamese rice porridge brings my childhood recipe to life with its silky texture and aromatic flavors.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine Vietnamese
Servings 4
Calories 495 kcal



  • 1 whole pheasant skin on or off
  • 13 cups water
  • 1 cup jasmine rice
  • 1 onion halved
  • 2 tbsp duck fat
  • 1 shallot minced
  • 1 small bunch of Vietnamese coriander
  • Salt to taste
  • White pepper to taste

Ginger-Garlic Sauce

  • 6 cloves garlic minced
  • Equal parts minced ginger (peeled) to garlic
  • 1-2 Thai chilies minced
  • ¼ cup fish sauce
  • Juice of half a lime
  • 1 tbsp sugar


  • Pour rice into a medium bowl. Add enough tap water to submerge rice by 1 inch and rub with your fingers to loosen excess starch, making the water look milky. Pour out the water and repeat this process two more times. Finally, add enough filtered water (of the 13 cups listed) to submerge the rice and set it on the counter for 1 hour.
  • Meanwhile, combine equal parts minced garlic and ginger, minced Thai chili(es), fish sauce, lime juice, and sugar. Stir until the sugar is dissolved and set aside. Note that Thai chilies can be very spicy, so add it in small amounts to taste.
    Garlic Ginger Sauce in a mixing bowl
  • Add a whole pheasant, the remaining water (about 12 cups), and onion halves in a soup pot and bring the pot to a simmer. Gently cook the pheasant until the breasts reach 145° Fahrenheit, about 15 minutes. Debone the pheasant breasts and refrigerate, covered. Return the breast and backbones, wings, and legs to the pot and continue simmering, partially covered with a lid, until the legs become tender, about 1 hour and 30 minutes.
  • In a small saucepan, heat the duck fat and fry the minced shallot until browned but not burnt. Pour this fat and onion mixture into the pot, along with the rice and soaking water. Bring to a moderate boil and cook for 5 minutes. Then turn off the heat, cover the pot, and allow it to sit for 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  • Shred the meat off leg bones and return to the pot. Discard the bones and onion halves. Lightly season porridge with salt and white pepper. Reheat the soup and add more water/chicken stock as needed. Ladle the soup into bowls, garnish with shredded pheasant breasts, chopped Vietnamese coriander leaves, and season to taste with a drizzle of the ginger-garlic sauce.


Calories: 495kcalCarbohydrates: 47gProtein: 24gFat: 23gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 120mgSodium: 1251mgPotassium: 470mgFiber: 1gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 175IUVitamin C: 11mgCalcium: 74mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Pheasant
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