Scorched Rice (Or Tutong) Is Actually A Well-Loved Snack In South Korea
Some Korean food reminds us of our local dishes--just like japchae which is a sweeter version of sotanghon and kimchi jigae which is a bit similar to sinigang. But there's a Korean snack that's *exactly* the same as a Pinoy staple, and it's probably in your kitchen right now!
When you cook rice on a stovetop (and sometimes in inefficient rice cookers), the bottom part can become scorched. When it does, we know this as "tutong". Koreans call it "nurungji" and they love snacking on the golden brown rice crust mainly because of its crispy and crunchy texture. For some, sprinkling sugar on it is a must!
Nurungji can also be an alternative to chips in case you want something healthier. It's also soooooo easy to make: Just cook your rice the way you usually do and let it simmer for another 10 minutes until the bottom part gets burnt. You can use leftover rice, too, and just toast it in a pan.
Did you know that nurungji is a favorite among Korean stars? BLACKPINK's Jennie mentioned in a recent ELLE video that it's actually her comfort food and she likes eating it anywhere! BTS' V also made nurungji in an episode of In The SOOP, and the Korean snack was also featured in the K-drama Crash Landing On You.
Check out these videos for a ~*visual*~ guide to nurungji:
This story originally appeared on Cosmo.ph.
* Minor edits have been made by the Yummy.ph editors.
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