I’ve always been kind of obsessed with Japanese and Korean food. In the past five years I’ve become very fond of Korean food since most Japanese restaurants offer an identical selection of sushi, teriyaki, tempura, etc. The thing that I really hated is that I could never taste REAL home-cooked Japanese food. With Korean food however, I could go to many restaurants that cater to a Korean crowd and have the same delicious and amazing home-cooked food.
Today I found a great recipe for vegetable porridge online and decided to try it out for the first time. Most Koreans eat porridge either when they are feeling sick or have digestive problems. Since I am a huge fan of porridge I could probably eat this stuff everyday.
Vegetable Rice Porridge:
1.5 cups sushi rice
2 small carrots
3/4 cup spinach
1/2 cup zucchini
1 cup enoki mushrooms
3 tbsp sesame oil
1 tsp salt
1. Wash the rice and drain 3 times (this lowers the carb content). Soak the rice for 2 hours.
2. Chop carrots and zucchini. Cut off the roots of the enoki mushrooms.
3. Blend the rice for about a minute or less until the grains are broken up a little. Pour into a pot and add 4 cups of water. Bring to a boil, then let simmer on low heat.
4. Bring another small pot of water to a boil and add the spinach for one minute. Drain under some cold water and set aside.
5. Allow the water in the rice to evaporate, mix occasionally to avoid burning. Add the vegetables and leave on low heat for another 40 minutes or more until the vegetables are cooked. Add more water to reach the desired consistency and don’t forget to mix occasionally.
6. Add sesame oil and salt.
I used these locally grown farmers’ market carrots!
I have always been a fan of white rice although I wish I enjoyed the healthy version more. I find it quite fascinating that it’s pretty much the only unhealthy part of a Korean diet since most recipes contain a lot of fresh vegetables and fruit is often served for dessert.
I read this article yesterday and it made me feel really depressed. I have not visited Korea yet, but I imagine I will have a hard time in terms of food because most meals contain pork or beef.