Sukju Namul (Seasoned Mung Bean Sprouts)

Here is another effortless Korean side dish. This time, it’s made with mung bean sprouts (sukju namul). I used its full name here to distinguish them from soybean sprouts (kongnamul), but these sprouts are better known as simply bean sprouts – the same sprouts I used for nokdujeon and kimchi mandu. The cooking method and seasonings for this dish are very similar to its soybean counterpart. The most notable difference is that because mung bean sprouts don’t actually have the bean parts, they take less time to cook. Also, they contain a much higher water content. Squeeze the cooked sprouts to remove the excess water before seasoning them, which will make the sprouts much crunchier. You can also make this dish spicy by adding a little bit of gochugaru (red chili pepper flakes). Either way, it will be a pleasant addition to your meal!

Ingredients:
1 pound sukju namul (mung bean sprouts)
1 scallion, finely chopped
1 teaspoon garlic
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon sesame seeds
salt (about 1 teaspoon) and pepper to taste

Rinse the bean sprouts twice in cold water. Boil 4 cups of water, in a medium size pot, along with a teaspoon of salt. Drop in the sprouts and cover. Blanch the sprouts until slightly softened, about 1 minute.

Drain quickly. When cool enough to handle, gently squeeze out the excess water.

Toss well with the remaining ingredients. Sample and add more salt to your taste if needed.

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Comments

  1. One of my favorite dishes of all time! :)

  2. Looks like perfectly cooked mung bean sprouts. I can imagine the crunch goodness with a sesame fragrance in the dish. I think I have the same napkin…

  3. I love this – they serve this as a little accompaniment to main courses in the local Korean restaurant. I’ve always wanted to give making it a try because I can never get enough of it :D

  4. I know this is effortless and DELICIOUS! I can eat this entire batch myself, and I’m not kidding! I love your green/bluish plate…so pretty and perfect for this simple bean sprout dish!

  5. I love this, so healthy too. I could eat the whole thing. I have been srpouting my own sprouts lately and trying different beans. I have some garbanzos sprouting now. Have a lovely day.

  6. looks like a great side dish!

  7. Another simple and delicious condiment! Love both bean and soy sprouts.

  8. Thanks! Made this one tonight, and came out very well.

    Is it Ok to cool the sprouts in cold water after blanching them, or is it good to let them continue cooking a bit longer?

    • Hi Will – Sure, it’s okay to shock in cold water. But, since the sprouts are blanched only for a short time, I don’t find it necessary. They still turn out crunchy. Thanks for trying out my recipe and coming by!

  9. Anonymous says:

    couldn’t u just use raw bean sprouts?

    • You can in other dishes, but it’s traditionally blanched for this namul dish to draw out water to give it a crunch texture Korean namul is known for. Thanks!

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