Yak Sik is a delicious Korean sticky rice dessert, but it’s $6 for a small rectangle. The cost is partially the result of the expensive additions of chestnuts, pine nuts and dates. Regardless, $6 is enough for me to make my own version.
There are a few yaksik recipes online and I used kimchmari’s yaksik recipe as a baseline. Her version is an impressive 4 of rice cup version, but yaksik is highly perishable and I needed only enough to replace the supermarket portion.
To use an Instant Pot, I needed a sticky rice recipe. Fortunately, pressurecookrecipe’s sticky rice recipe looked solid. Plus it offered no pre-soak time for the rice.
So combining the two recipes, I have the following yaksik recipe with an Instant Pot.
- 200g sweet rice
- 170g water
- 70g brown sugar
- 1 tbs soy sauce
- 1 tbs sesame oil
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon powder
- Chestnut, raisins, pine nuts
- Set up Instant Pot for steaming, 1″ water and steamer rack.
- In a bowl, place 200g sweet and 170g water. Put on steamer rack and set Instant Pot to Manual (HP) for 12 min.
- While Instant Pot is working, make the sauce by combining the brown sugar, soy sauce, sesame oil and brown sugar.
- After cooking has completed, let rest for 10 min then release.
- Add sauce to rice and mix thoroughly. Add nuts and dried fruit and combine.
- Set Instant Pot to steam for 5 min. The steaming time is up to you. The more you steam, the more the individual grains break down and the yaksik forms a cohesive mass.
- Pour yaksik into a container and let cool to room temperature.