Sunday, August 17, 2014

Korean Vegetable and Rice Porridge (죽)

죽 (Jook) is one of my favorite foods. It's a simple, comforting korean-style rice porridge. Whenever I was sick, my mom would always make it for me. It's the perfect food to get over being sick, but is great for whenever you want something plain but flavorful. It's very simple to make- you only need one pot! 

Korean Vegetable and Rice Porridge (Makes 2-3 servings)
1 cup Cooked Short Grain Rice
2 cups Water
1 tsp Beef, Dashi, or Vegetable Bullion
1 tsp Salt
1 tsp Sesame Oil
1/4 tsp Pepper
1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
1 Carrot
1 Scallion
1 Egg 
1tsp Roasted Sesame Seeds

1. Place cooked rice and water in a pot and add all of the seasoning. 
2. Finely dice the carrot and scallion. You only need a handful of each. 
3. Add the carrot and scallion to the pot and then bring it to a boil. 
4. Stir occasionally to prevent burning, and cook until about a third of the moisture is left. 
5. Add the egg and stir quickly so that the egg gets mixed into the porridge. Remove from heat.
6. Pour into serving bowls and then garnish with sesame seeds. 

The porridge is best served immediately, so that a film doesn't develop. I like to eat it with a little kimchi. The spicy and sour flavor provides a wonderful contrast to the simple flavor of the porridge. 

If you want, you can add chicken as well. If you are using uncooked rice, add another 1.5 cups of water so that the rice will cook through completely. If you do not want to add the egg, simply reduce the mixture further, so that the moisture will evaporate out, creating a thick porridge.

If you have a friend who's sick, make them some! It'll definitely make them feel better :)

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