The pumpkin porridge, or the hobakjuk, is quite a sight. The smooth orange visual texture and the floating white blob of rice cakes of hobakjuk are enticing – it makes you want to try it and let it run through your throat.
It is sweet, as the hobak variety used in this Korean food, is the sweet type. It carries with it the color of fall, but the hobakjuk is porridge and these types of food are usually served to the recovering patients and the elderly. Simply put, it’s easy to the eyes, easy to eat and easy to digest. This is probably perfect for people who had just undergone a major dental surgery, just take out the rice cake and you’ll be satisfied with this naturally-sweet porridge.
The hobak is first steamed to soften it, and then pureed with water, sugar and salt. Following this, the pureed hobak is then simmered to achieve its full-bodied sweetness.
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