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9 porridges from around the world

By: Sidney Stevens on May 3, 2016, 3:14 p.m.
Bowl of congee  with minced pork balls and an egg

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Bowl of bliss

When it comes to porridge, there are no borders. Just about every culture has its own version of this stick-to-your-ribs cereal, and its popularity is growing. Once considered the backbone of breakfast for peasants and working people, porridge is now the go-to choice anytime, anywhere, for those in need of some home-cooked comfort.

As a cornerstone of cuisines around the world, porridge goes by many names and is made with a diversity of ingredients — everything from rolled oats and barley to wheat, quinoa, legumes, buckwheat, corn and rice, the last of which is the base for congee (pictured). All are boiled in hot liquid to a creamy mush and adorned with tasty toppings, including milk, honey, fish, cheese, vegetables and herbs. Despite the differences, all porridges seem to share a few common traits: They're nutritious, filling and about the closest thing you'll find to love in a bowl.

Read on for nine of the world's most mouth-watering, rib-sticking porridges.