Congee, or as I know it, cháo, is a rice porridge commonly served in Asia. Each country may have its own variation but the base is always the same: rice and water. When I was growing up, chicken meatball congee was something my mum would make for me quite often, particularly when I wasn’t feeling well, as it is believed to aid digestion and wellbeing. Whether this is true or not, I was always happy to eat cháo gà viên as it is—comfort soul food without the heavy feeling. As cháo is so versatile, you can be adventurous and add whatever ingredients or toppings you like. Whatever you decide to do with your congee it will make a tasty dish—you can’t go wrong.