Century egg jook or porridge is a Chinese comfort food that reminds me of childhood. Yes, it’s black and smells like a rotten egg but it’s a Chinese delicacy.
I wasn’t fond of it when I was growing up but now I crave it. And this is the same with bittermelon.
What is century egg? It’s a duck egg that’s been preserved for at least 6 months. I’m guessing it was a popular way to preserve eggs in China, when there was no access to refrigeration.
You can find century eggs in the Asian grocery store. If you want to sub it out for something else, no egg is needed in jook. You can make it with just the salted pork. But a hard boiled egg can be subbed for the century egg, as well.
To be clear, you need some sort of meat to flavor the jook. So if you are leaving out the egg, at least have the pork in it or use chicken.
Before the Instant Pot, I would make porridge on the stove and have to watch it the whole time!
Now with the Instant Pot, I can drop in all the ingredients and go do other stuff like take care of my baby or fold laundry.
This is an easy Chinese Instant Pot recipe that anyone can do.
Since getting the Instant Pot, I make century egg porridge only in the Instant Pot since it’s so much easier. Drop in the ingredients and go! No more nursing a pot over the stove.