12 (Mon) April 2010
-Oksu (Joongang Heights Apts), Seongdong, Seoul, Korea-
with the Family
Juk is Korean porridge, made from rice or squash or beans or whatever.
Jeonbok juk is rice porridge with abalone (jeonbok).
Whenever my kid or my wife or (maybe) my mother is sick, standard operating procedure calls for me to make a batch of jeonbok juk. Making the dish has more to do with the digestible qualities of porridge in general than the supposedly restorative powers of abalone – a so-called “stamina” food, as some Koreans believe. Even though abalone is now relatively affordable, around 3,000-5,000 won for a small specimen weighing about 100 grams, which is enough for a single serving of porridge, the ingredient is still regarded as a luxury item, something to be had only in the best of times, or the most dire, as the case may be.
Anyway, DJ is sick, so here it is.