But not actually! I am a jook enthusiast. I love the heat. It is the food version of a steaming cup of tea, and everybody knows how much I love tea. I love the process. Slurping on the thick soup makes me feel calm and relaxed. I love the taste. Enough said.
In Korea, they have a few chain stores for jook, the most popular and common being Bon Jook (본죽). You will easily be able to find them in any city. There is another one that I’ve seen a lot, but not as much, called Jook Story (죽이야기). To be honest, they all taste pretty much the same. That’s the awesome thing about jook: you can’t go wrong with it, ever!
Some days, I simply crave jook. I need it. Even if it means that I have to eat by myself (because like I said, some people just don’t like the idea of eating a bowl of porridge for a meal), I am more than content. In fact, I love spending that time alone to whole-heartedly enjoy my colorful congee.
So did I like it? Like I said, it is incredibly hard to go wrong with jook for me; I didn’t have much to complain about. It was, however, a bit oily (made from seeds, and seeds have oil) and it slightly got to me after I had finished it. My top choices are still sweet pumpkin jook and red bean jook, for sure.
See the white rice cake in the photo? Funny side story behind that: sweet pumpkin jook and red bean jook always come with five rice cake balls, adding a nice chewy texture to the otherwise soupy consistency. The picture of the black sesame seed showed that it didn’t have any rice cakes in it, so I asked the ajooma to put some in. Surprisingly, she gave me a hard time and refused, saying that it wasn’t in the recipe. But to my pleasant surprise, when she handed me the takeout bag, she told me that she had put three rice cakes in.
“Don’t tell anyone that you got extra rice cakes,” she muttered in a low voice, as if she was breaking a sacred law, “and this will not happen again.” Oh, ajooma.
According to the article, a restaurant called 오세계향 (Oh-sae-gae-hyang) sells completely vegan black bean paste noodles. If you’re Korean, you know that this is not common at all, given that the noodles always have little chunks of meat inside them. I added the restaurant to the list of vegan eateries that I must go to in the future. I hope this piece of information helps you Nommers out there as well.
That's it for now. Keep Nomming and Nyamming all the vegan Noms and Nyams that this world has to offer!