Congee is everywhere! It’s a staple among East-Asian cultures and rules the Toronto Chinese food scene at breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
As basic as breakfast porridge made from rice but with so much potential. In Toronto and the surrounding areas, you’ll find congee dressed up with pork liver and fresh lobster, as well as equally worthy food-court finds.
Here’s where to go to get your next bowl of congee.
Sam’s Congee Delight is located inside of Market Village and typically boasts a long line-up. Everything here is simple including the food and the décor. Dough fritters are freshly fried and rice rolls are made in-house. The assortment of congees isn’t as large as some of the big congee chains, but there’s still something for everyone on the menu.
Address: 4390 Steeles Avenue East, Markham
The menu at Keung’s spans categories such as hot pot and baked rice dishes but the congee should not be overlooked. Two GTA locations dish out bowls of sliced fish congee and delicacies such as pork liver congee. Fried turnip patties, roasted pigeon, and Malaysian chicken wings are all welcome pairings too.
Address: 8380 Kennedy Road, Markham
Address: 3300 Midland Avenue, Unit 41, Scarborough
Like many of the other congee franchises, diners at Congee Wong can expect large portions for a low price! Standouts on the menu include seafood studded hot pot congee, and lobster super bowls.
Address: 1 Spadina Road, Unit 25-29, Richmond Hill
Address: Promenade Mall,1 Promenade Circle, Thornhill
Mr. Congee sets itself from its competitors through special dishes not normally found at other congee spots: Peking Roast Duck, traditional hotpot, and Vancouver crab are among the highlights.
Address: 9712 Yonge Street, Richmond Hill
Happy Congee serves up amazing food from an unsuspecting food court stall on Middlefield Road and Steeles Avenue East. Just look for the assortment of fresh dough fritters on display. Fritters this fresh almost make up for the having to eat out of a Styrofoam container.
Address: 5661 Steeles Avenue East, Toronto
Unlike your typical congee restaurant, Yin Ji is about the Chang Fen, a Cantonese rice noodle roll. Chang Fen is a popular street food served with different condiments and stuffings and is a popular side dish to congee. With that being said, Yin Ji’s congee is still phenomenal and a bowl and roll is the perfect pair.
Address: 7010 Warden Avenue, Unit 17-18, Markham
Congee Queen is an ever-expanding congee empire. With six stores in Toronto and the GTA, each store is larger and grander than the last. The menu ranges from simple congee and dough fritters to live seafood and wine lists. Surprisingly, this doesn’t take away from the quality of Congee Queen’s food at all. A must for any congee lover!
Address: 5308 Highway 7, Suite 5 and 6, Markham
Address: 230 Commerce Valley Drive East, Markham
Address: 2930 Steeles Avenue East, Thornhill
Address: 895 Lawrence Avenue East, Unit 8, North York
Address: Agincourt Mall, 3850 Sheppard Avenue East, Unit 0425, Scarborough
Address: Centrepoint Mall, 6464 Yonge Street, Unit 152, North York
Power King is a veteran in the congee game. People always mention that they’ve been coming here since they first moved to Markham like its a point of local pride. Not only is it a family-oriented place but it’s also a late night fave (open till 1 am).
Address: 8360 Kennedy Road, Markham
Here you can find amazing deals for amazing food! Minced Beef Congee AND Plain Rice Rolls for $6? Sign me up. If you don’t want the party in your mouth to end, Original Congee also sells frozen shrimp wontons and dumplings by the dozen.
Address: 5651 Steeles Avenue East, Toronto