A friend of mine, whom I will refer to simply as 1.26, recently told me that "Rice pudding is like American people's way of making congee."
Needless to say I found this highly amusing. Bold claim, 1.26, bold claim.
I've personally never had rice pudding, most likely because I feel more than a tad apprehensive about the concept of a pudding with chunks in it. I like my pudding smooth, rich, and preferably of the chocolate variety.
Who knows? Perhaps someday I try and even enjoy this mysterious dessert. For the moment, I'd much prefer to consume rice in other forms, like spam musubi. Yes, that is a layer of egg in there. So delicious.