Recipe: Sesame Oatmeal Congee

Sesame oatmeal congee recipe

The temperature drops as fall slowly arrives — it is a good time to introduce some warm food into your diets. These days, I’ve been experimenting different recipes; and the one that I’m about to share with you is definitely one of my favorite – Sesame Oatmeal Congee.

This dish is a great option for breakfast not only because it tastes so good, but also because of the nutritional value it contains.

Chinese medicine considers whole grains should be the staple of your everyday diet. Consuming it on a daily basis can lead to great health and longevity.  Also, I’ve introduced five nature’s colors into a bowl of oatmeal congee: red from goji berries, white from almonds, yellow from rolled oats, green from cilantro and black and black sesame seeds.

The reason is that the 5,000-year practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine discovers that these five colors derived from natural foods will act on different parts of your organs: red to the heart, white to the lungs, yellow to the spleen, green to the liver, and black to the kidneys.

As a result, this delicious dish is able to deeply nourish your body from the inside. And when your body is taken good care of, you will naturally see glowing over your face.  

Without further ado, here’s my recipe for you:

Sesame Oatmeal Congee
Serves 2
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Prep Time
3 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
28 min
Prep Time
3 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
28 min
  1. Rolled oats, 1 cup
  2. Goji berries, 30 pieces
  3. Sesame seeds, 2 tbsp
  4. Almonds, 16 pieces
  5. Cilantro (chopped), a handful
  6. Clean water, 4 cups
  1. Add rolled oats, goji berries, sesame seeds, almonds and water into a pot
  2. Bring to boil, then simmer for 15 minutes
  3. Turn off heat, add in chopped cilantro, and let the mixture sit for 5 minutes (don't remove the lid)
  1. 1. If you are allergic to gluten like me, try using gluten-free rolled oats.
  2. 2. If you can afford to wait (perhaps on a weekend), let it sit for another 30 minutes in the end. This will create stickier and creamier texture. Good stuff is worth waiting for!
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Cooking is fun. I am learning to train my creative muscles to mix and match different ingredients, to make sure their flavors can blend nicely together and taste good. I am also bringing out the potentials from the artistic side of me, so that my final delivery looks presentable. Well, there is so much to learn in life. Never shut down your curiosity and, as Steve Jobs said, let’s “stay hungry, and stay foolish”. You especially need that in cooking.

Happy cooking and have fun!    




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