Stumbled upon this recipe while searching for Putien’s recipe online. Tried it, and loved it so much! Taken from here.
Recipe for Black “Hemlock”
No exact proportions. Combine these ingredients below, keep tasting till you like it, and make sure it will cover about 1/3 to 1/2 of the tub of cockles.
Dark soya sauce
Red chillies, finely chopped, seeds left in
Garlic, roughly chopped
Pinch of sugar
Recipe for Plain White Congee
Use 10-12 cups of water for every 1 cup of white rice
Place rice and water in a pot on the stove, and bring the water to a boil
Reduce stove heat to a low simmer
Cook for another 20 minutes, then check if the rice has reached a consistency you like. If it’s not soft enough, cook for another 10 minutes and check again
IMPORTANT! Do not stir the pot, as this will release the starch from the rice. This starch will settle at the bottom of the pot and burn.