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A bowl of purple rice porridge with pickles and herbs on top and a jammy egg at Yang’s Kitchen.
Multigrain porridge at Yang’s Kitchen in Alhambra.
Cathy Chaplin

16 Comforting Rice Porridges to Savor in Los Angeles

Cooler weather calls for warm bowls of rice porridge

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Multigrain porridge at Yang’s Kitchen in Alhambra.
| Cathy Chaplin

There’s nothing quite like tucking into a bowl of rice porridge for the ultimate cold weather comfort. Whether eaten early in the morning for breakfast or late into the night before bed, porridge has a magical way of soothing all that ails. From a 24-hour dive in Koreatown to a seasonal Filipino porridge in Downtown, here now are 16 rice porridges to try in Los Angeles.

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1. Tam's Noodle House 譚仔麵食

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120 N San Gabriel Blvd #J
San Gabriel, CA 91775
(626) 782-7666
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This pandemic newcomer recently launched a $12 breakfast menu that includes 10 different varieties of congee. Diners can choose from scallops, chicken, fish paste with lettuce, pork offal, and more. Each steaming portion comes with a choice of two sides, like a pineapple bun, soy sauce chow mein, or rice noodle rolls with dried shrimp.

A bowl of white gruel topped with green onions at Tam’s Noodle House.
Pork and preserved egg congee at Tam’s Noodle House in San Gabriel.
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2. Siam Sunset

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5265 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 467-8935

This Thai Town staple serves up rice porridge made for customization — whether the mood calls for fish and shrimp, pork and egg, or even roast duck. Add on an order of Chinese doughnuts and condensed milk for a hit of sweetness.

3. Yang's Kitchen

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112 W Main St
Alhambra, CA 91801
(626) 281-1035
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Alhambra’s favorite sustainability-minded eatery serves a multi-grain porridge that fortifies the soul. The loose base of gently flavored rice comes topped with scallions, cilantro, crispy rice, and best of all, a jammy soy egg. For a more substantial bowlful, add chicken breast for $4.

A bowl of purple rice porridge with pickles and herbs on top and a jammy egg at Yang’s Kitchen.
Multigrain porridge at Yang’s Kitchen in Alhambra.
Cathy Chaplin

4. Lu's Garden

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534 E Valley Blvd
San Gabriel, CA 91776
(626) 280-5883
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The best time to visit this Taiwanese porridge expert is during lunch. Choose a trio of savory side dishes from the buffet of options to pair with the simple yam rice porridge. The funky anchovies with peanuts and the twice-cooked pork are always great options.

Porridge and side dishes at Lu’s Garden.
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5. The Congee

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19 Valley Blvd
Alhambra, CA 91801
(626) 284-2722

Cantonese hits fill the menu at this no-frills shop on busy Valley Boulevard. Hone in on the 10 varieties of porridge that include abalone with chicken, pig liver, and dried scallops. Get an order of spicy-salt wings and stir-fried rice noodle rolls to round out the meal.

6. Mountain Cafe

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3470 W 6th St
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 487-7615

This Korean restaurant is open 24-hours a day, seven days a week. The abalone rice porridge is a favorite, and comes with soy-braised beef and kimchi.

7. Viet Huong Restaurant

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10727 Garvey Ave
El Monte, CA 91733
(626) 454-2590

El Monte’s beloved Viet Huong Restaurant serves half a dozen varieties of Vietnamese-style porridge (chao). Whether it’s brimming with congealed pork blood (huyet) or made with shrimp or beef, every bowl comes topped with cilantro and golden shallots.

8. Alice's Kitchen

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580 E Garvey Ave
Monterey Park, CA 91755
(626) 898-1828
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The original owners of Delicious Food Corner opened Alice’s Kitchen with a very similar Hong Kong-style breakfast and dinner menu. With over 15 kinds of congee, Alice’s is the place to go for standbys like pork and preserved egg or the house-special with fish paste and lettuce.

9. Harlam's Kitchen

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8150 Garvey Ave
Rosemead, CA 91770
(626) 573-3929

Located inside a supermarket food court, this Cantonese breakfast place is as no-frills as it gets. Order at the counter, pay in cash, and relish the simple joys of piping-hot porridge; the one with pork and preserved eggs just might be the best.

10. KBC Bakery

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661 N Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 626-6565

Head to this beloved Chinatown bakery at sun up for a comforting bowl of porridge topped with white pepper and fresh scallions. Be sure to grab a few hot-from-the-oven egg tarts on the way out.

Congee at KBC Bakery in Chinatown.
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11. Sari Sari Store

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317 S Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(323) 320-4020
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When the weather dips below 70 degrees in and around Grand Central Market, Margarita Manzke brings out the arroz caldo. Each bowl is made with Mary’s organic chicken and topped with mushrooms and a perfectly runny egg. Add on a slice of coconut custard pie for an extra dose of comfort.

12. Moon House

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11058 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 966-9988
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Hong Kong-style porridge can be hard to come by on the Westside of town, but fear not, Moon House holds it down. This Cantonese spot serves a trio of congee: seafood, minced beef, and pork with preserved porridge. Adding an order of Chinese doughnut for dipping in a must.

13. Delicious Food Corner

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2329 Garfield Ave S
Monterey Park, CA 91754
(323) 726-0788
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Dine at this Monterey Park stalwart for a traditional Hong Kong-style breakfast. Order the pork congee with preserved egg, along with a few Chinese doughnuts for dipping, for a filling and comforting start to the day.

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14. Bonjuk and Bibimbab Cafe

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1744 Nogales St unit b
Rowland Heights, CA 91748
(626) 269-0649
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The porridge at Bon Juk is always made to order, boasts a rich texture, and never comes short on flavor. The abalone porridge is subtle, while the kimchi-octopus porridge is vibrant; the oyster and mushroom porridge is expectedly earthy. For vegetarian diners, there are porridges fortified with pumpkin and vegetables.

15. Sweet Rice

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1630 W Redondo Beach Blvd #4
Gardena, CA 90247
(424) 344-2054

Sweet Rice specializes in Thai breakfasts and desserts in a casual setting. In addition to soups and noodle dishes, the menu includes two kinds of jok— rice porridges brimming with pork, fresh ginger and green onions, an over-easy egg, and more.

16. Phnom Penh Noodle Shack

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1644 Cherry Ave
Long Beach, CA 90813
(562) 433-0032
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The confident Cambodian cooking at Phnom Penh Noodle Shack knows no bounds. While most diners dig into the restaurant’s rightfully famous rice noodles, don’t overlook the porridges, especially the house-special with ground pork, chicken, and beef meatballs.

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1. Tam's Noodle House 譚仔麵食

120 N San Gabriel Blvd #J, San Gabriel, CA 91775
A bowl of white gruel topped with green onions at Tam’s Noodle House.
Pork and preserved egg congee at Tam’s Noodle House in San Gabriel.
Cathy Chaplin

This pandemic newcomer recently launched a $12 breakfast menu that includes 10 different varieties of congee. Diners can choose from scallops, chicken, fish paste with lettuce, pork offal, and more. Each steaming portion comes with a choice of two sides, like a pineapple bun, soy sauce chow mein, or rice noodle rolls with dried shrimp.

120 N San Gabriel Blvd #J
San Gabriel, CA 91775

2. Siam Sunset

5265 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

This Thai Town staple serves up rice porridge made for customization — whether the mood calls for fish and shrimp, pork and egg, or even roast duck. Add on an order of Chinese doughnuts and condensed milk for a hit of sweetness.

5265 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027

3. Yang's Kitchen

112 W Main St, Alhambra, CA 91801
A bowl of purple rice porridge with pickles and herbs on top and a jammy egg at Yang’s Kitchen.
Multigrain porridge at Yang’s Kitchen in Alhambra.
Cathy Chaplin

Alhambra’s favorite sustainability-minded eatery serves a multi-grain porridge that fortifies the soul. The loose base of gently flavored rice comes topped with scallions, cilantro, crispy rice, and best of all, a jammy soy egg. For a more substantial bowlful, add chicken breast for $4.

112 W Main St
Alhambra, CA 91801

4. Lu's Garden

534 E Valley Blvd, San Gabriel, CA 91776
Porridge and side dishes at Lu’s Garden.
Lu’s Garden
GastronomyBlog

The best time to visit this Taiwanese porridge expert is during lunch. Choose a trio of savory side dishes from the buffet of options to pair with the simple yam rice porridge. The funky anchovies with peanuts and the twice-cooked pork are always great options.

534 E Valley Blvd
San Gabriel, CA 91776

5. The Congee

19 Valley Blvd, Alhambra, CA 91801

Cantonese hits fill the menu at this no-frills shop on busy Valley Boulevard. Hone in on the 10 varieties of porridge that include abalone with chicken, pig liver, and dried scallops. Get an order of spicy-salt wings and stir-fried rice noodle rolls to round out the meal.

19 Valley Blvd
Alhambra, CA 91801

6. Mountain Cafe

3470 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90020

This Korean restaurant is open 24-hours a day, seven days a week. The abalone rice porridge is a favorite, and comes with soy-braised beef and kimchi.

3470 W 6th St
Los Angeles, CA 90020

7. Viet Huong Restaurant

10727 Garvey Ave, El Monte, CA 91733

El Monte’s beloved Viet Huong Restaurant serves half a dozen varieties of Vietnamese-style porridge (chao). Whether it’s brimming with congealed pork blood (huyet) or made with shrimp or beef, every bowl comes topped with cilantro and golden shallots.

10727 Garvey Ave
El Monte, CA 91733

8. Alice's Kitchen

580 E Garvey Ave, Monterey Park, CA 91755

The original owners of Delicious Food Corner opened Alice’s Kitchen with a very similar Hong Kong-style breakfast and dinner menu. With over 15 kinds of congee, Alice’s is the place to go for standbys like pork and preserved egg or the house-special with fish paste and lettuce.

580 E Garvey Ave
Monterey Park, CA 91755

9. Harlam's Kitchen

8150 Garvey Ave, Rosemead, CA 91770

Located inside a supermarket food court, this Cantonese breakfast place is as no-frills as it gets. Order at the counter, pay in cash, and relish the simple joys of piping-hot porridge; the one with pork and preserved eggs just might be the best.

8150 Garvey Ave
Rosemead, CA 91770

10. KBC Bakery

661 N Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Congee at KBC Bakery in Chinatown.
Frances Huynh

Head to this beloved Chinatown bakery at sun up for a comforting bowl of porridge topped with white pepper and fresh scallions. Be sure to grab a few hot-from-the-oven egg tarts on the way out.

661 N Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90012

11. Sari Sari Store

317 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013

When the weather dips below 70 degrees in and around Grand Central Market, Margarita Manzke brings out the arroz caldo. Each bowl is made with Mary’s organic chicken and topped with mushrooms and a perfectly runny egg. Add on a slice of coconut custard pie for an extra dose of comfort.

317 S Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90013

12. Moon House

11058 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

Hong Kong-style porridge can be hard to come by on the Westside of town, but fear not, Moon House holds it down. This Cantonese spot serves a trio of congee: seafood, minced beef, and pork with preserved porridge. Adding an order of Chinese doughnut for dipping in a must.

11058 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025

13. Delicious Food Corner

2329 Garfield Ave S, Monterey Park, CA 91754
Delicious Food Corner
Delicious Food Corner
GastronomyBlog

Dine at this Monterey Park stalwart for a traditional Hong Kong-style breakfast. Order the pork congee with preserved egg, along with a few Chinese doughnuts for dipping, for a filling and comforting start to the day.

2329 Garfield Ave S
Monterey Park, CA 91754

14. Bonjuk and Bibimbab Cafe

1744 Nogales St unit b, Rowland Heights, CA 91748

The porridge at Bon Juk is always made to order, boasts a rich texture, and never comes short on flavor. The abalone porridge is subtle, while the kimchi-octopus porridge is vibrant; the oyster and mushroom porridge is expectedly earthy. For vegetarian diners, there are porridges fortified with pumpkin and vegetables.

1744 Nogales St unit b
Rowland Heights, CA 91748

15. Sweet Rice

1630 W Redondo Beach Blvd #4, Gardena, CA 90247

Sweet Rice specializes in Thai breakfasts and desserts in a casual setting. In addition to soups and noodle dishes, the menu includes two kinds of jok— rice porridges brimming with pork, fresh ginger and green onions, an over-easy egg, and more.

1630 W Redondo Beach Blvd #4
Gardena, CA 90247

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16. Phnom Penh Noodle Shack

1644 Cherry Ave, Long Beach, CA 90813

The confident Cambodian cooking at Phnom Penh Noodle Shack knows no bounds. While most diners dig into the restaurant’s rightfully famous rice noodles, don’t overlook the porridges, especially the house-special with ground pork, chicken, and beef meatballs.

1644 Cherry Ave
Long Beach, CA 90813

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