Beef and vegetable porridge

Soegogi-yachaejuk 쇠고기야채죽

Today’s recipe is a delicious, colorful, savory one-bowl meal called Soegogi-yachaejuk, a nutritious rice porridge made with cuts of lean beef and tons of vegetables. It makes for a warm, hearty meal any time of the year. And it’s easy on the stomach so good for people who are recuperating. It’s also a low carb food, great if you’re on a diet, and on top of all that, it’s economical: you can make four huge bowls of porridge with only 1 cup of rice.

But the main reason to make this is because it’s delicious. Make it for your friends and family, and I guarantee they will love it, or make a big batch for yourself, have a bowl now, and save the rest for later.

I have a few emotional memories of this recipe, and I’ve been sharing it privately with some of my readers over the years. Now I finally made a video for it, and I hope it serves you and your family well over the years, in good times and bad, just as it’s served mine.

Happy cooking!

Ingredients (Serves 4)

  • 1 cup white short grain rice, washed, soaked in cold water at least 30 minutes
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • ½ pound of lean beef, ground
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • ⅓ cup chopped onion
  • ⅓ cup chopped carrot
  • ½ cup chopped red bell pepper
  • ½ cup chopped yellow bell pepper
  • 1½ cup broccoli, chopped into small pieces
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce (or soup soy sauce, or salt, to taste)
  • 4 sheets of gim (dried seaweed paper), toasted and crushed in a plastic bag (optional)
  • 4 teaspoons toasted toasted sesame seeds (optional)



  1. Heat up a heavy pot or sauce pan and add 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil and the beef. Cook over medium high heat, stirring with a wooden spoon for about 2 to 3 minutes until the beef is no longer pink.
  2. Add the garlic and onion, stirring for a few minutes until the onion turns a little translucent.
  3. Strain the rice and add to the pot. Stir for about 3 to 4 minutes until the rice looks a little translucent and sticky.
  4. Add all the chopped colorful vegetables and keep stirring for a minuteBeef and vegetable porridge (Soegogi-yachaejuk: 쇠고기야채죽)
  5. Add 7 cups of water and stir well with the wooden spoon and cover. Cook for 20 minutes over medium high heat. If it boils over, half cover the pot with the lid and keep cooking.Beef and vegetable porridge (Soegogi-yachaejuk: 쇠고기야채죽)
  6. Uncover, stir the porridge a few times, and turn down the heat to low. Cover and cook for another 10 minutes.
  7. Add the fish sauce and 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil. Serve hot. Right before serving, add the crushed seaweed and sesame seeds.

juk_potBeef and vegetable porridge (Soegogi-yachaejuk: 쇠고기야채죽)

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  1. Jessicaf North carolina joined 6/20 & has 14 comments

    One of our go to soups when we feel under the weather, but great for lunch anytime.

  2. Yu Li Singapore joined 6/20 & has 5 comments

    Thank you for the delicious recipe!
    My family loved it!
    Perfect for the rainy weather!

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  3. Yu Li Singapore joined 6/20 & has 5 comments

    Thank you for the delicious recipe!
    My family loved it!

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  4. amii90 England joined 5/20 & has 1 comment

    Made this tonight as it looked amazing! The only ingredient I didn’t have is the gim for the top! But it was still good! I’ve got load of recipes added to a list of meals to make!

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  5. ultraxdoux Atlanta joined 3/20 & has 1 comment

    Hi Maangchi,
    What is the brand/model of the saucepan you use? Is it difficult to clean (if so, how do you clean it)? I’ve been looking for a good saucepan and since I cook a lot of the same kinds of food as you (and many of your wonderful recipes) I would love to buy the same saucepan. I checked your kitchen equipment list but I didn’t find it there. Thank you Maangchi!

  6. Contessa Ksa joined 7/19 & has 1 comment

    Just spent 9 days in hospital and my diet is suppose to be fat free and this is just perfect… very tasty flavorful …. I made it with quinoa instead of rice and it was still sooo good… thank you Maangchi

  7. suyeon seongnam, south korea joined 12/18 & has 1 comment

    Hello I’m Korean woman
    I love to watch cooking videos in this site
    I made this for today’s lunch
    I really enjoy this and feel more healthy
    Thank you for your helpful lessons !

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