Rice Porridge, Juk (죽)

Posted on Jan 28 2015 - 4:02am by Chef Bong

Juk or Jook is a popular porridge especially because it is quite nutritious. It’s made of cooked rice, beans and sesame. There are also different types of rice grains you can use when making juk. Typically though, it’s just made with plain white rice. Among Korea food eaters though, it’s often enjoyed with pieces of meat and veggies. Most commonly added on is chick, pork, beef, mushrooms and seafood. It’s eaten warm, not scorching hot, in the morning or as a cold remedy, similarly to how Americans consume chicken noodle soup! For this recipe, we’re going to be making chicken juk, but you can really add anything yummy you want! If you want to get really fancy, get one of those Cuckoo Rice Cookers and there is a setting for the perfect juk!


  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 35 mins
  • Total Time: 45 mins


  1. 4-5 Pieces of Boneless Chicken
  2. 5-6 Garlic Cloves (Mince it up)
  3. Half of a Zucchini, cut into small pieces
  4. 1 Carrot, cut into small pieces
  5. 8-9 cups of water
  6. 3 cups of rice (short rice or sweet rice)
  7. 1 tbsp salt
  8. Soy sauce
  9. Scallions
  10. Sesame oil.


  1. Put the rice you’re going to use in a bowl of regular water. It should be damp when you use.
  2. Mince the garlic cloves into small pieces
  3. Boil a big pot of water and add 8 cups of water. 9 cups if you like it a bit soupy.
  4. Put the chicken, and minced garlic into the bowl and let it cook for ab out 20 minutes. Add about 1 tbsp of salt for taste.
  5. Remove the chicken and quickly cool it. Then tear it into strips for any size you want. Some people like it shredded as well.
  6. Take the broth you just created and drain the remaining garlic pieces if you like. You can also just keep them in there.
  7. Depending on how soupy you want your juk, take out some broth to your preference.
  8. Drain the water you kept in the rice bowl and add to the chicken broth.
  9. Add the cut up zucchini and carrots into the pot as well and let it cook for about 20 minutes.
  10. Stir it around every now and then so it won’t burn on the bottom.
  11. Add more chicken broth as you see fit.
  12. Add scallions and sesame oil to your taste.
  13. Enjoy!


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