Korean Vegetable Porridge (Yachae Jook)

Korean Vegetable Porridge (Yachae Jook)

The Spruce / Christine Ma

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 40 mins
Soak: 90 mins
Total: 2 hrs 20 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
240 Calories
4g Fat
44g Carbs
7g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 240
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 1g 3%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 391mg 17%
Total Carbohydrate 44g 16%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Protein 7g
Calcium 33mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Just like many rice or noodles, there are a million and one variations on this Korean porridge recipe. This is a vegetarian jook (rice porridge) recipe that is deceptively delicious. Vegetables and rice can make for a soothing, fragrant meal-in-a-bowl. 

This Korean porridge recipe calls for onion, carrot, and radish, but you can also swap for zucchini, mushrooms, or any vegetables you like. 

Jook or juk (rice porridge) is a Korean dish meant to conserve rice and to soothe sick, young, or elderly bellies. It's still enjoyed as a snack, breakfast, a light meal, or as comfort food for the sick. Pat jook is smooth and mild with a subtle sweetness, but can also be eaten without sugar in place of regular white rice.

Juk accounts for a substantial portion of Korean food. Even in ancient literature, about 40 kinds of rice porridge are described. There is a wide variety of porridge, such as huinjuk (made with only rice and water) and gokmuljuk (grain porridge made with red beans, barley, and rice), tarakjuk (rice porridge mixed with milk), yeolmaejuk (rice porridge mixed with pine nuts, walnuts, and jujubes), and gogijuk (rice porridge with beef or chicken added). These days, juk no longer serves as a survival food in emergencies; it is now more highly prized as gourmet or energizing food with the addition of expensive ingredients such as ginseng and abalone. In luxurious Korean restaurants, it is included as one of the courses in a full-course set menu, just like the soup course in Western restaurants. Also, juk is very popular today as diet food. 

People in the southern areas like Guangdong Province mainly cultivate rice, so they eat rice porridge for breakfast more often than people in the north, who mainly cultivate wheat. There is quite a wide variety of different rice porridges according to the ingredients, which are either mixed in or added as a garnish, but the two main categories are huinjuk (made from rice and water) and jaejuk (rice boiled with meat or fish).

Ingredients

  • 1 cup rice
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1/2 cup carrot (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup onion (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup radish (chopped)
  • 2 to 3 cups of vegetable soup stock​
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Black pepper (to taste)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Korean Vegetable Porridge (Yachae Jook) ingredients

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  2. Soak rice for at least 90 minutes. Drain well.

    soak rice in water

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  3. In a large pot, heat the sesame oil over medium heat.

    sesame oil in a pot

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  4. Sauté the onion, carrot, and radish for 2 to 3 minutes.

    Sauté the onion, carrot, and radish

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  5. Add the rice and stir-fry everything together for another minute.

    rice and vegetables cooking in the pot

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  6. Add the soup stock and bring to a boil.

    stock added to the rice and vegetable mixture in the pot

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  7. Immediately reduce to a simmer and cook over medium-low heat for about 30 minutes.

    rice and vegetables cooking in a pot

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  8. Stir and continue to cook for about 10 more minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste. 

    salt and pepper added to the rice and vegetables in the pot

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  9. Serve and enjoy.

    Korean Vegetable Porridge (Yachae Jook)

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