Pa Muchim (Scallion Salad)

Pa muchim (scallion salad)

Green onions, also known as scallions, are called pa (파) in Korean. When julienned, they’re called pachae (파채). Pachae muchim (파채무침), also called pa muchim (파무침) or pajeori (파절이), is a seasoned scallion side dish that’s highly popular with grilled meat dishes. It is particularly popular with meat dishes that are grilled unseasoned such as samgyupsal gui. It’s also great with bossam or my slow cooker pork belly (samgyupsal).

Pa muchim (scallion salad)

Pachae muchim is so popular that there are even special cutters for julienning scallions in Korea. More conveniently, julienned scallions are sold at markets in Korea. I’ve seen them sold at Korean markets around here as well. My Korean butcher shop gives out complimentary julienned scallions when I buy meat from them. If you have to cut it yourself, it’s not that hard with a regular knife. It doesn’t have to be cut perfectly uniform. Once soaked in cold water to remove a bit of pungency and slimy substance, the scallions become perky and nicely curly.

There are several ways to dress up the scallions. One popular way is to simply toss them with sesame oil, gochugaru, and sesame seeds. This is a nice option when serving with ssamjang for ssam (lettuce wraps). Due to the lack of salt, it stays fresh longer, so this version is favored by restaurants.

Another option is to fully season by also adding either soy sauce or salt along with sugar and vinegar. Once the salt content is added, the scallions wilt down very quickly, so be sure to dress it right before serving.

Pa muchim (scallion salad)

I am showing you how to make both options here. Try them both and see which one you like better! The measurements here are only guidelines, adjust to your taste.

Wondering how to keep your leftover scallions fresh? Have you had scallions go bad in the fridge? In the winter, I keep them in a glass of water. They stay fresh and even grow taller. During warm weather, I plant them in a pot of soil, and pull them whenever I need to use them.

Pa muchim (scallion salad)

5 from 2 votes
Pa muchim (Scallion Salad)
A simple side dish made with scallions which is great with grilled meat dishes!
Servings: 4
Author: Hyosun
  • 3 to 4 medium scallions
Option 1
  • 2 teaspoons gochugaru
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
Option 2
  • 2 teaspoons gochugaru
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  1. Cut the scallions crosswise into about 4-inch lengths. Thinly slice each piece lengthwise.
  2. Soak the scallions in cold water for about 10 minutes. Drain well.
  3. Option 1: Add the gochugaru, sesame oil, and sesame seeds and toss well.
    Pa muchim (scallion salad)
  4. Option 2: Right before serving, add the soy sauce, vinegar, and sugar to Option 1 and toss well.
    Pa muchim (scallion salad)

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  1. Nora Sheffield says

    I absolutely love Korean food. I have plans to make my first ever trip next year, and I am so excited. I use your recipe’s because they are so easy and delicious! Thank you so much for all your effort and time to help those of us who are Korean at heart!!

  2. Forgot to leave the scallions in the cold water, but option 2 still worked out very well and tasted just like restaurant muchim, even if I used artificial sweetener as opposed to sugar (I’m on a low carb diet…not the best as a Korean who grew up eating 3 bowls of white rice a day for 30 years).

    Thanks for posting this! I looked up a recipe on Naver and they recommended that you roll up the scallion before you chop them to make them curly, but this is way less labor intensive.

  3. allison G says

    Is the gochugaru a powder or a paste. I am looking to get some on amazon but not sure which to get. This looks so good!

  4. Madelyn Toh says

    I made this last night and it was so good! Never knew I could make a salad out of spring onions. Even though I totally cut off my nail in the process of julienning the veg, it’s worth it!

  5. What type of vinegar? Would rice vinegar work?

  6. Thank you for another great recipe. You are my go-to blog for reliable Korean recipes. Just wondering how much the scallions weigh as I like to purchase the pre-shredded ones in the store.