Musaengchae (Spicy Korean Radish Salad)

Musaengchae (Spicy radish salad) 
It’s that time of year again! Korean radish, mu (or moo), is in season! The radishes I’ve been getting lately taste really sweet and crunchy. Korean radish is a variety of white radish (aka daikon), and it has firm crisp flesh and a slightly sweet and peppery taste. 

I’ve posted several radish dishes before, such as kkakdugi (cubed radish kimchi), dongchimi (radish water kimchi), muguk (radish soup), and munamul (stir-fried and steamed radish). Here, I made a popular side dish called musaengchae (무생채). Saengchae is a general term for salad-like dishes made with uncooked vegetables.

For mu saengchae, I like to salt the radish first to draw out some water for extra crunch. This spicy and crunchy radish salad has the flavor of fresh kimchi (not fermented), so it can also be a quick substitute for kimchi. It’s great in bibimbap as well. This past weekend, I made this dish to accompany bossam (boiled pork wrapped in salted napa cabbage) for a large family gathering. Everyone loved it!

Musaengchae (Spicy radish salad)

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Musaengchae (Spicy radish salad)
Musaengchae (Spicy Korean Radish Salad)
Spicy Korean radish side dish - great in bibimbap and as a kimchi substitute!
Servings: 4
Author: Hyosun
  • 1 pound mu Korean radish
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 scallions finely chopped
  • 2 - 3 tablespoons Korean red chili pepper flakes  gochugaru (adjust to taste)
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce myulchi jeot
  • 1 teaspoon salted shrimp  saewu jeot (just use more fish sauce if unavailable)
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar adjust to taste
  1. Clean the radish by scrubbing with a brush and/or scratching off the stubborn impurities with a small knife. Peel the  skin only if necessary. Cut into match sticks (about 1/8 to 1/4-inch thick).
  2. Sprinkle the salt over the radish and toss well to coat evenly. Let sit for 15 to 20 minutes until the radish sticks have softened and released some liquid. Drain (or gently squeeze out) excess liquid. Do not rinse.
  3. Add all the remaining ingredients. Mix well by hand. Taste and add more salted shrimp or fish sauce if necessary.
    Musaengchae (Spicy radish salad)

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  1. Share the Bossam recipe too!!! 😛

    oh and thank you for posting one of my most favorite banchans 🙂

  2. I love this side dish! So excited to try this out! I had been hoping that you would post this dish!!

  3. Your cutting is amazing and salad looks delicious. Simple but rich with flavor! Thank you for sharing!

  4. Hyosun, it’s incredible! I posted a Korean Radish salad just before the weekend. Of course mine doesn’t look as beautiful and genuine as yours and the recipe I found was much much simpler than this one (I had checked your blog before, so now I regret I haven’t waited a couple of days 😉 I am sure your salad tastes much better than mine from a basic Korean cookery book. Thank you for a new recipe I will soon add to my Korean dishes repertoire.

  5. Thank you for the recipe. I’m an American man.. was in Korea
    many years ago, and didn’t know enough Korean to try every-
    thing, unfortunately. I love radishes, and this seems like an
    easy recipe, with stuff I can find. I have been trying Korean
    recipes for a while now, as I get older; and have found I like
    all of them.. and am hungry for them. Mark

  6. Always making it a point in consuming spicy food is what I live for. I am so going to make this for dinner tonight.

  7. parking Paris says

    Yummy this recipe looks so spicy me likey. Will try this and taste soon. Thanks for the idea.

  8. Can you use american radish in this recipe?

  9. Can i know how long can this last, from days or months? Do we refrigerate it or how?

    • It can last weeks if you make it saltier, but this recipe isn’t that much. It will keep well in an airtight container in the fridge for a couple of weeks.

  10. KoreanKraut says

    I remember growing up watching my mom make all sorts of delicious dishes. The smells, she would mix some things then give me a taste. Today I don’t remember the specific ingredients and amounts, but thanks to sites like yours I can recreate those wonderful dishes, and when it comes to the final amount of something I use my memories to adjust the seasonings like Mom made! I miss her

  11. I love “Fresh” Kimchi like cucumber salad I love radish and thank you as I had been not using it because fermented still I don’t like as much this will be good with crispy pork belly or added to a fusion taco of spicy pork or sweet Kalbi I bet

  12. is there a substitution for the fish and shrimp ingredients? my mum is vegetarian and I wanna make this for her! 😀

  13. How long can this keep in the fridge?

  14. Mybitchinkitchen says

    Love theses flavorful combination! Slightly sweet but with a big ZING in he end. Easy recipe to make. Give it a try!

  15. 5 stars
    Thanks so much for this great recipe. I love Bo ssam, and love the radish! Finally, I can make it myself instead of buying kimchi!

  16. Hi, would you know where to buy them if I can’t make them on my own? 🙂 Thank you!