Chicken and rice porridge

Dakjuk 닭죽

One morning in Fortuna, Costa Rica, I asked my travel agent to find shuttle bus tickets for Quepos. He called a shuttle bus company and said all the tickets were sold out for the day. So I had to book tickets for the next day. Consequently I had a whole free day.

What shall I do? Hmm, a few seconds later, an exciting idea came up in my mind. How about cooking some Korean food for my friends I made there? Ooh whoo, it made me very excited! Then what shall I make without using special Korean ingredients? The recipe should be very easy! Yes! I had some leftover rice in my backpack from making gimbap lunch box the other day. Dakjuk! Yes, yes! Yayee! Let’s go to the supermarket!

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I picked up a whole chicken, garlic, watermelon, and some other fresh vegetables and seasoning sauce to make Korean style salad (geotjeori); chicken soup for main dish, geotjeori for side dish, and watermelon for dessert! Oh my! Fuji mama! Perfect!  : )

Do I have any memories about dakjuk? Are you joking to me? Lol yes, of course I do! I can’t forget watching my late grand mother (father side) killing a chicken. The chicken was running around her yard just before it got killed! My grand mother was kind of a tough woman. She picked one chicken among the dozens of her chickens running and playing in her yard.

I watched her twisting its neck and waiting until it died. Then she put the chicken in hot water to remove all its feathers, and cut its stomach with a knife and took out all guts! It sounds horrible, but I never felt scared or disgusted at the time. Even though I felt sorry for the chicken, I remember, we were going to have delicious dakjuk soon for dinner, that’s all I was dreaming. When the chicken was boiling with lots of garlic, the smell spread in the village!

Her chickens were her live food resources just like her vegetables grown in her patch! : )

In Korea, sons-in-law are treated very well by their mothers-in-law. So when a son-in-law visits his mother-in-law’s house, he will expect her to cook chicken to welcome him. These days the custom may be changing.

My dakjuk in Costa Rica turned out great! All of my friends enjoyed the soup. They liked my geotjeori, too.

When you have many unexpected visitors, make dakjuk. You can feed so many people! If you want to add more side dishes, I recommend vegetable pancake or green onion (or Asian chives) pancake. What else? Of course don’t forget to serve kimchi.

Yield: 8-10 servings

Cooking time: 2 hours

Ingredients

:
A whole chicken (about 3 pounds), 1½ cups of garlic cloves, 1½ cups of rice, 2 eggs, 3 green onions, salt, water.

For 2 kinds of  dipping sauce:
Salt and pepper, soy sauce, vinegar, hot pepper flakes, green onion, sesame seeds, sugar.

Directions

  1. Soak 1½ cups of rice in cold water for 1 hour.
    *tip: if you like thinner soup style, use 1 cup of rice;  if you like thicker porridge style, use 1½ cups rice
  2. Wash and drain the whole chicken.
  3. Trim the fat from the chicken’s stomach area with scissors; cut off the tip of bum part. : )
  4. Place the chicken in a large pot and add 12-13 cups of water.
  5. Add 1½ cups of garlic cloves and bring to a boil over high heat for about 40 minutes.
  6. Turn down the heat to low-medium and cook 20 more minutes.
  7. Rinse and drain the rice, and add to the boiling chicken porridge.
  8. Remove any fat floating on top of the soup with a spoon or ladle.
  9. Keep boiling with the lid closed for another 30 minutes.
    *tip: lower the heat if it boils over
  10. Chop 3 stalks of green onion and beat 2 eggs and set aside.
  11. Check if the chicken is cooked tender or not by poking the meat with a fork or chopsticks. It’s usually tender after 1½ hour of cooking, but if it’s not tender enough, cook a little longer.
  12. Add 1 tbs salt to the soup and mix it with your spoon. The amount of salt depends on your taste, so use more or less as you like.

Ok, now time to serve!

Take the chicken out of the pot, transfer to a large plate, and put it on the table to serve.

Make 2 kinds of dipping sauce:

  1. Mix 1 tbs salt and ¼ ts black ground pepper in a small bowl
  2. Mix these ingredients in a bowl (this is my father’s favorite dipping sauce whenever  he had this dish):
    • 2 tbs soy sauce, 1 tbs vinegar, 1 tbs chopped green onion, 1 ts sugar, 1 ts roasted sesame seeds, and 1 ts hot pepper flakes.

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Now back to the chicken soup!

  1. Add the chopped green onions (from #10).
  2. Add the beaten eggs. Pour them in and wait for 10 seconds before stirring, to let them cook.

Your chicken soup (or porridge) is ready! Turn the heat off and serve.

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86 Comments:

  1. BenjieM State of Kuwait joined 3/10
    Posted March 18th, 2010 at 5:22 am | # |

    Hi! Maangchi,

    Anyong Haseyo!!! I would like to congratulate you on your well deserved nomination, may you continue to shower us with your delectable recipes.

  2. tinaishung austin joined 3/10
    Posted March 8th, 2010 at 2:14 am | # |

    I made this recipe the day you posted it, and it just so happened my boyfriend and I were both sick. This delicious porridge sure nursed us back to health! Thank you!

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted March 8th, 2010 at 7:07 am | # |

      I hope you guys are getting better soon! Thank you for the update!

  3. Pure_Hapa Redondo Beach, California joined 8/09
    Posted March 8th, 2010 at 1:42 am | # |

    I looooooooove chicken and rice! Such comfort food. This will be cooking in my kitchen soon. And I’m going to go vote at Saveur now too!

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted March 8th, 2010 at 7:06 am | # |

      I know you will make dakjuk! : )

  4. JudySong Chicago, IL joined 3/10
    Posted March 7th, 2010 at 6:27 pm | # |

    I am making dakjuk right now! ;) I’ll try to take some pics before diving in!

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted March 7th, 2010 at 6:46 pm | # |

      lol, I hope your dakjuk turned out good! Yes, if you took a photo of your dakjuk, email me! : )

  5. Kutin NYC joined 2/10
    Posted March 7th, 2010 at 3:38 pm | # |

    hi maangchi,

    I love this recipe, it reminds me of the chicken congee that my mom makes when I was young. I would definitely tried this recipe. It also seem liked you had fun in Costa Rica. I am glad you are back and sharing this recipe. Thanks so much maangchi.

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted March 7th, 2010 at 6:47 pm | # |

      Yes, I had a great time there. I found their phone number on the internet and let them know about the video. They love it!

  6. leeemur SF Bay Area joined 7/09
    Posted March 6th, 2010 at 8:22 pm | # |

    Looks like you had so much fun! They’re so lucky to be able to try your food! I miss my mom’s dakjuk. She’s coming over in 2 weeks. I’m gonna force her to make some. haha

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted March 6th, 2010 at 10:25 pm | # |

      : ) Make dakjuk for her when she comes! She will be impressed!

  7. violin123 Arizona joined 1/10
    Posted March 6th, 2010 at 11:12 am | # |

    I so want to eat DakJuk now. It was a really good idea you did that at the location. Your friends look so happy eating your food. I would too if I was there. Fun video Maangchi! Thanks for posting.

  8. Amber727 New Jersey joined 7/09
    Posted March 4th, 2010 at 10:30 pm | # |

    Could I use chicken pieces instead of a whole chicken? Will it still be just as tasty?

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted March 5th, 2010 at 12:30 am | # |

      yes, you could use chunks of chicken instead of a whole chicken.

      • Amber727 New Jersey joined 7/09
        Posted March 5th, 2010 at 12:57 pm | # |

        Great! I will make this very soon!

  9. ztawan joined 2/10
    Posted March 4th, 2010 at 9:41 pm | # |

    Amazing video! Would you be coming to San Diego???

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted March 5th, 2010 at 12:31 am | # |

      sure I would like to visit San Diego someday! Thanks!

      • rv65 joined 5/09
        Posted March 5th, 2010 at 5:08 am | # |

        I wouldn’t mind going to a San Diego meetup.

  10. Tuty joined 5/09
    Posted March 4th, 2010 at 9:33 pm | # |

    Maangchi,

    Congrats on your nomination as the Most Innovative Video Content

    I am excited for you!!! Very well deserved.
    It’s great to have you, as Korean, to teach all of us the authentic Korean cuisine.
    I will vote for you, right after this.

    Cheers,
    Tuty @Scentofspice

    • Tuty joined 5/09
      Posted March 4th, 2010 at 9:34 pm | # |

      PS: Award by Saveur Magazine…

      • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
        Posted March 5th, 2010 at 12:32 am | # |

        Thank you very much~! wow, how did you find out about the nomination!

    • annabanana Vancouver, Canada joined 2/09
      Posted March 5th, 2010 at 2:14 am | # |

      I voted! (for Maangchi, obviously). Thanks for letting us know. The Saveur website isn’t too bad, either – lovely photographs of food. Have saved it to my favourites to peruse at a later date.

    • AliciaMarieLivs Columbus, OH joined 2/10
      Posted March 7th, 2010 at 11:01 am | # |

      Yay! I’m going to vote for her too :)

  11. Tuty joined 5/09
    Posted March 4th, 2010 at 8:47 pm | # |

    We call this type of dish bubur ayam (bubur=porridge ; ayam=chicken). Wow, the broth must be fragrant with that much garlic. It’s the ultimate comfort food for me. Better for the soul than chicken soup…

  12. jimin Oakville, Ontario . Canada joined 9/08
    Posted March 4th, 2010 at 8:43 pm | # |

    This is my favourite video. Thank you for sharing this. You make food such an adventure.

  13. miles2go North Jersey joined 12/09
    Posted March 4th, 2010 at 11:12 am | # |

    This is a beautiful video, Maangchi is the Korean cooking ambassador to the world. You are truly my hero!

    Deb

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted March 5th, 2010 at 12:34 am | # |

      Deb, thanks a lot! I just like to share my food with others. : )

  14. some1unknown australia joined 12/09
    Posted March 4th, 2010 at 3:36 am | # |

    is there a podcast out yet??
    looks delicous
    i think i might try it out

  15. ahrumg joined 3/10
    Posted March 3rd, 2010 at 2:05 pm | # |

    Hi Maangchi,

    Long time fan from NC, first time commenter. I love your dakjuk recipe. I will definitely be trying this out soon. Your trip to Costa Rica looks awesome. and those watermelons look amazing! I can’t wait until the summer. Looking at those amazing watermelons definitely make me long for summer fruits.

    My husband and I both love your site because it really makes Korean food so accessible. We really appreciate your work. One day, we hope to attend one of your cooking classes in NYC. :)

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted March 3rd, 2010 at 3:30 pm | # |

      wow, welcome! You love watermelon! So do I! I love watermelon, corn, sweet potato, .. You, too?
      Let me know how your dakjuk turns out.

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