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Porridge and side dishes at Lu’s Garden.
Porridge and accompaniments at Lu’s Garden in San Gabriel.
Cathy Chaplin

11 Comforting Rice Porridges to Savor in Los Angeles

Cooler weather calls for warm bowls of rice porridge

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Porridge and accompaniments at Lu’s Garden in San Gabriel.
| 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 day 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 11 rice porridges to try in Los Angeles.

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1. 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.

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. Bonjuk

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3551 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90010
(213) 380-2248
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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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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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8. 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 to round out the meal.

9. 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.

10. 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.

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11. Harlam's Kitchen

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

Located inside of a supermarket’s 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.

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1. 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

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. Bonjuk

3551 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010

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.

3551 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90010

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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

7. Delicious Food Corner

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

2329 Garfield Ave S
Monterey Park, CA 91754

8. 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 to round out the meal.

19 Valley Blvd
Alhambra, CA 91801

9. 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

10. Lu's Garden

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

534 E Valley Blvd
San Gabriel, CA 91776

11. Harlam's Kitchen

8150 Garvey Ave, Rosemead, CA 91770

Located inside of a supermarket’s 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

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