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Cantonese century egg and lean pork congee

The century egg which has many names like thousand-year-old eggs is preserved duck eggs. It has a long history in China and they were coated in a clay mixture to preserve and cure the eggs, which changes the texture and colour. 



  • 680 g (1.5 pounds) pork tenderloin, divide in half .First half, leave as a whole piece. Second half, slice thin about ½ cm thick, 1 x 2 inch pieces
  • 3 ginger slices (2 x 2 inch x 3mm thick)
  • 1 1/2 cups Jasmine (long grain) rice
  • 10 cups water, have more handy
  • 6 (360 g) Century eggs, cut into 8 segments each or rough chop
  • 1 tablepoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1/2 cup scallions (about 1 stalk),thinly sliced
  • White pepper, to season
  • Sesame oil, to season
  • 2 store-bought Chinese fried donuts (optional)
  • Salt, to season (optional)


  1. Cut the pork tenderloin in half. Place the first half in the fridge as a whole piece until ready to use.
  2. For the remaining piece of pork, slice thinly and tenderize the meat by pounding it with the back of the knife.
  3. Place the sliced pork in a bowl and add soy sauce and sesame oil. Mix well. Place in the fridge for one to three hours (or overnight).
  4. Peel and slice the ginger and set aside.
  5. Slice the scallions and set aside.
  6. Peel and cut the Century Eggs, and set aside. 
  7. Clean the rice: Combine the rice in one large bowl and add enough room temperature water to fully submerge the rice. Swirl the rice around. Drain and repeat a few times until the water looks clear. Drain and set aside. 
  8. In a large pot, add the pork and 10 cups of water, and let it come to a boil.
  9. Add the rice and ginger to the boiling water, and stir. Lower heat to medium. Adjust the heat as needed and stir occasionally. 
  10. When the rice has thickened, add the fish sauce. Add more water as needed to your preferred thickness. Taste and adjust as needed.
  11. If serving with Chinese donuts, preheat the oven to 385° F and warm the donuts for about seven minutes or until the outside is toasted. Cut into even-sized pieces. The donuts can be toasted in the air fryer as well.
  12. Ladle the congee into bowls and top with the desired amount of scallions, sesame oil, white pepper, and fried Chinese donuts. Taste and add salt if desired. Serve and enjoy! 

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