Hawai‘i Comfort Food: Jook Recipe

Add warmth to rainy days with this four-ingredient, three-step traditional Chinese soup.


Photo: Karen DB Photography

“Once firecracker explosions marked midnight, my cousins and I would gather in my popo’s kitchen for steaming bowls of jook. I topped mine with chung choy (preserved, salted turnip), while others opted for shoyu or lettuce as we marked the New Year with an after-midnight family meal.”

—Christi Young, editorial director, HONOLULU and HONOLULU Family magazines


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  • 1 cup rice
  • 10 cups water
  • 2 lbs. chicken
  • 1 tablespoon Hawaiian salt
  • Green onions to garnish



  1. Add ingredients to a pot. Bring to a boil.
  2. Simmer for an hour, stirring occasionally to keep rice from sticking to the bottom.
  3. Remove chicken to cool. Shred and stir back into the soup.
  4. Top with shoyu, green onions, chung choy (salty preserved turnip) or lettuce.