This week, I am bringing you another healthy side dish, perfect for summer time! I don't know about you, but when I eat Korean BBQ, I am all about the side dishes. I already shared this pickled radish recipe, and this one is another favorite!
I searched everywhere for a good bean sprout (AKA mung bean sprout) salad recipe that did not use too many specialty ingredients, which would require a trip to the grocery store. Initially, I wanted to make a Japanese bean sprout salad to accompany my sushi, but each one had an unusual ingredient. Instead, I ended up with Sukju Namul Muchim (숙주나물 무침), which is pretty similar and uses only the most basic ingredients.
As I said before, I didn't need an extra trip to the grocery store because I already bought the bean sprouts on sale earlier that week. It is possible to find them in a regular grocery store, but they will most likely be a little pricy.
My suggestion is to either grab them when they go on sale, or visit your local Korean/Asian market. They sell huge bags there for an insanely cheap price. Believe me, once you try the recipe, you will want more than a few sprouts for your second go around.
Now, let's get cooking!
Korean Bean Sprouts Salad (Sukju Namul Muchim)
Adapted from My Korean Kitchen
- 12 oz./350g fresh mung bean sprouts
- 1 tsp. salt
- 6 cups water
- 1 tsp. green onion, finely chopped
- ½ tsp. minced garlic
- 1 tsp. roasted sesame seeds
- ½ tsp. salt
- 1 Tbsp. sesame oil
1. Rinse the mung bean sprouts in cold water and discard any bad beans
2. Add the salt to a pot of water and bring to a boil.
3. Add the mung bean sprouts and submerge for 1 to 2 minutes.
4. Drain the water and run cold water on the sprouts for 1 to 2 minutes.
5. Squeeze the sprouts to remove excess water and transfer to a mixing bowl.
Note: I was lazy and just transferred it back into the pot. :)
6. Add the green onion, garlic, sesame seeds, salt, and sesame oil. Mix well.
Super simple and tasty! I like that it can accompany a variety of dishes because it is so light, but it pairs especially well with heavier dishes like Korean BBQ, of course! Also, it could be a wonderful snack to hold you over until your next meal. Try it out, and let me know what you think!
What is your favorite vegetable side dish?
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