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 18 rice porridges to try in Los Angeles.Read More
18 Comforting Rice Porridges to Cozy Up With in Los Angeles
Cooler weather calls for warm bowls of rice porridge
Tam's Noodle House 譚仔麵食
This casual Cantonese spot serves a $12.50 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.
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 dose of sweetness.
Weekends were made for porridge at Bé Ù. Chef Uyên Lê’s Vietnamese vegan chao begins with scratch-made vegetable broth and comes topped with fried shallots, fresh scallions, and plenty of grilled mushrooms. Check Instagram for the latest weekend specials.
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.
Find Indonesian-style porridge, called bubur ayam cirebon, during colder months at Medan Kitchen. Chef and owner Siu Chen makes sure the soupy porridge is seasoned just right before garnishing it with shredded chicken, shrimp chips, Chinese doughnuts, peanuts, and fresh herbs.
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.
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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.
Viet Huong Restaurant
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sari Sari Store
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.
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.
Delicious Food Corner
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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Southeast Asian flavors reign supreme at Cobi’s on Main Street in Santa Monica. Find Hainan rice congee on the weekend brunch menu, where every bowl comes with chicken, an egg yolk, and crispy shallots.
Bonjuk and Bibimbab Cafe
The porridge at Bon Juk is always made to order and boasts a silky texture. The abalone porridge is subtle, while the kimchi-octopus porridge is vibrant, and the oyster and mushroom porridge is expectedly earthy. Porridges fortified with pumpkin and vegetables are ideal for vegetarian diners.
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.
Phnom Penh Noodle Shack
The confident Cambodian cooking at Phnom Penh Noodle Shack knows no bounds. While most diners dig into the restaurant’s rightfully famous noodle soup, don’t overlook the porridges, especially the house special with ground pork, chicken, and beef meatballs.