Wednesday, November 2, 2011

comfort food

one of my comfort foods is nooroongji, burned rice. i know it probably doesn't sound appetizing. it's not completely burned.

before the age of the nonstick rice cooker, rice was made in simple pots. there was always a layer of rice stuck the bottom of the pot. koreans never waste anything, so by adding some hot water to the pot, you can have nooroongji bop (burned rice porridge).

some restaurants serve nooroongji bop with soft tofo spicy soup. the rice is brought in a stone bowl. after you scoop out the rice, they'll add hot water to the bowl.

growing up i never really had nooroongji because in our home we had a non stick rice cooker. one day my dad made it for me.

just take any leftover rice and spread it evenly on a frying pan. heat it until it turns a nice golden brown color. when it's done, add it to a pot of boiling water. let it simmer for about 5-10 minutes for the rice to soften. and then enjoy! great with kimchi.

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