Pak Juk (Plain Porridge)

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Ready : 45-60 mins [Prep : 05 mins † Cooking : 55 mins † Not Inclusive Of Soaking Time]
Serve :  Depending on quantity of rice
Generic :  Saute/Boil/Simmer
Level :  Easy
Idle :  55 mins Printable Recipe.

Ultimate Comfort Food

Juk – Porridge“, is truly the ultimate Chinese comfort food. You can really do what you want with it. Juk is a very forgiving dish. It doesn’t matter if you are a great cook or a rookie. It is just a wonderful dish. Have it sweet or savory, thick or thin, luxurious or simple. Really, it’s up to you. The trick is not to obliterate the flavor of the rice. Juk, after all, should still be Juk, not a meat stew with rice (unless you are cooking flavored Juk ~ click here for Kai Juk (Chicken Porridge) recipe ~). Here is The VianD’s version of simple Pak Juk (Plain Porridge); served with a variety of condiments. Condiments could be anything flavorful that you fancy; its help to balance the taste of the rather bland tasting Pak Juk.




  • Long-grain Rice soaked overnite with some Sesame oil. U can mix a little Glutinous rice (Sticky rice) – this will give U a starchier texture.
    A piece of smashed Ginger.


  • Sliced flavored (five-spice) Tofu, Eggs, Salted Black Beans and Char Choy.


  • Basically U don’t need any ! But a pinch of Salt and Sugar if U like. All to taste. ** Note : Just dash of everything, if U prefer a stronger intensity of an ingredient flavor, simply add a little extra of that ingredient/spice – no rocket scientific measurement here. Always taste your Seasoning !!!



  • Step 1 : Start by boiling the Rice with a piece of smashed Ginger. Use double the amount of water U would normally cook rice – U can always add extra gradually along the way to achieve the desired consistency. Bring to boil and then simmer to the right consistency (preference) – abt 45-60 mins (depending on the heat). Stir occasionally to keep the bottom from burning.
  • Step 2 : Meanwhile, start preparing the Side Condiments. 1) Fry the Eggs – break it up and add some Light Soy. 2) Sauté the Char Choy (Packed Sichuan type). 3) Sauté the Salted Black Beans (Fried Dace with Salted Black Beans is also good). 4) Flavored Tofu – Sauté some chopped Garlic till aromatic. Then, add in the Tofu. Add a little water, Salt, Sugar and Oyster Sauce and saute till aromatic.
  • Step 3 : Viola !!! Serve ur “Pak Juk” hot with all the Condiments.

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