This recipe is a country style vegetable side dish. It’s simply seasoned with doenjang, Korean fermented soybean paste, hence the name doenjang muchim (된장무침).
Young cabbage called putbaechu (풋배추) or eolgari (얼가리) is one of the vegetables commonly used for this dish. Often, I also use napa cabbage, baby bok choy, spinach, or kale (or baby kale). Any other green leafy vegetables would also work. Just remember to adjust the blanching time.
You can add a little gochugaru (Korean red chili pepper flakes) or gochujang (Korean red chili pepper paste) to make it a bit spicy or sweeten it with a bit of sugar. I like to keep it simple and savor the unique, deep flavor of the doenjang.
Putbaechu (Young Cabbage) Doenjang MuchimSide Dish
- 2 bunches young cabbage (putbaechu, 풋배추) - about 8 ounces each - See note for substitutes.
- 1 tablespoon (or to taste) doenjang, fermented soybean paste
- 1/2 tablespoon minced garlic
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
- 1 teaspoon gochugaru or gochujang - optional adjust to taste