Mulan Breakfast Porridge Recipe (Congee)

On the first day of Mulan’s training to become a soldier, her dragon guardian, Mushu, wakes her up with a bowl of congee, a Chinese porridge made from rice. Although this recipe takes about 1 hour to make, cooking low and slow, the end result is absolutely delicious. 

After disguising herself as a man, Mulan sets out to become a warrior for the imperial army. To start her first day of training, she starts the day with a bowl of congee topped with 2 fried eggs and a slice of bacon resembling a smiling face.

Mulan Breakfast Porridge Recipe (Congee)


Rice: Different types of rice can be used to make congee but basic long-grain white rice works perfectly for this recipe.

Chicken stock: given that congee is typically a savory breakfast dish, cooking the rice in chicken stock adds tremendous flavor to this dish. 

Ginger: Ginger gives a great kick and slight spice to the congee.

Salt: Salt brings out the flavors of any dish and is the secret ingredient to creating flavorful food.

How to make Congee

Start making Mulan’s porridge bowl by slowly cooking rice in chicken stock with ginger and salt. Finish off the fun breakfast by frying up some eggs and bacon to make a smiling face on top of the porridge.

Congee is a rice-based porridge that is cooked low and slow until it is thick and creamy. It is usually savory and can be flavored with a variety of ingredients. Here’s what you need to make the Mulan porridge. 


We’ve all seen the fun bowl of congee that Mulan receives as an exciting wake-up call. Topped with fried eggs and a slice of bacon, it is both protein-packed and a fun way to start the day ahead. 

Fried eggs: Fry up two small eggs in bacon fat to create the eyes for the face. These will be placed on top of the congee. 

Bacon: using one or two slices of bacon as a mouth below the fried eggs completes the look of the smiley face on the congee. 


As mentioned, congee on its own can be very plain and bland. Congee is typically served as a savory breakfast dish, but can also be sweet. Here are a few congee flavoring ideas that you can add to this dish or for the next time you make congee. 

Beef stock: Beef stock adds a heartier and more robust flavor to the dish.

Vegetable stock: To make the dish vegetarian, use flavorful vegetable stock instead of chicken or beef stock

Garlic: Garlic adds a great deal of flavor to any dish. Add 1-2 cloves of minced garlic when cooking the rice.

Meat: Add small pieces of cooked chicken, pork, or beef to the porridge.

Seafood: Congee can also be made with seafood. Add small pieces of cooked shrimp, scallops, or fish.

Green onion: Top the congee with green onion for a little bit of color and flavor.

Soy sauce: A small amount of soy sauce can be added to the porridge while it is cooking or after it is cooked for extra flavor.

Hot sauce: Add a few dashes of hot sauce to the congee once it is served for a little bit of heat.

Nuts: for a little crunch, top your congee with your favorite nuts

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Mulan Breakfast Porridge Recipe (Congee)

Bea fearless warrior and start your day like Mulan! This classic Chinese riceporridge, congee is a delicious breakfast. The fried eggs and bacon smiley face is fun at any age!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 30 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 2
Calories 358 kcal


  • 1 cup raw long-grain white rice, rinsed
  • 7 cups chicken stock, vegetable stock, or water
  • 1 small knob ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 4 slices bacon
  • 4 small eggs
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Wash the rice 2-3 times, and make sure to properly discard the starchy water. Then soak the rice for 1 hour.
  • Once the rice is rinsed, add it to a pot with chicken stock, ginger, and salt. Bring the pot to a boil over high heat then reduce the heat to low and Stir occasionally to ensure that the rice does not clump together or stick to the bottom. Simmer for about 30 minutes or until the rice is thick and creamy. 
  • When the rice is almost done, prepare the bacon and eggs. Fry the bacon in a pan on the stove. Once finished, remove the bacon and fry the eggs over easy in the bacon fat.
  • To assemble the bowls, place 1 cup of cooked rice into a bowl. Top with 2 fried eggs for the eyes and a piece of bacon for the mouth. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. 


Calories: 358kcalCarbohydrates: 52gProtein: 42gFat: 28gSaturated Fat: 9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 156mgSodium: 852mgPotassium: 500mgFiber: 1gSugar: 14gVitamin A: 302IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 102mgIron: 4mg
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    1. Thanks for your comment. You should find it in your local grocery store. All the best, Keesha

  1. Claire Chen says:

    5 stars
    Why is it called congee?