Korean-style sesame bean sprouts salad (kongnamul muchim)

Today I’m going to show you how to make a Korean-style sesame bean sprouts side dish (kongnamul muchim).

Just like the spinach salad (sigeumchi namul) this dish is a super popular and common on Korean’s dinner tables. From everyday meals to family feasts and BBQs. It is also excellent for Bibimbap (stone rice).

Korean-style sesame bean sprout salad

Lets begin…

Wash the bean sprouts and boil them on high heat in a pot of salted water for 1 minute. The bean sprouts should only be cooked slightly so that they are soft but still a little crispy.

Korean-style sesame bean sprout salad

Rinse the cooked bean sprouts with ice-cold water and shake out through a sieve. Gently squeeze out all the remaining water with your hands. Place in a large mixing bowl and set aside.

Korean-style sesame bean sprout salad

You only need the smaller half of the spring onion (the lighter end). Shred it into really thin strips that are about 2-3mm wide and 4-5cm long.

Korean-style sesame bean sprout salad

Mix all sauce ingredients in a small mixing bowl.

Korean-style sesame bean sprout salad

Add the sauce mix into the cooked bean sprouts, mix well.

It’s best to cool the salad in the refrigerator for 10–15 minutes to let the flavours blend before serving, but this is not essential.

Korean-style sesame bean sprout salad

Kongnamul muchim is one of my favourite Korean side dishes. I never get tired of it. It’s nutty, mild, crunchy, and delightful!

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Korean-style sesame bean sprout salad

Difficulty: Easy

Serves: 2

Prep.: 5 mins | Cook: 5 mins

Ingredients:

Boil

  • 200g fresh bean sprouts
  • 800ml water
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Sauce

  • 1/2 tsp light soy sauce*
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp roasted sesame seeds
  • 1/4 spring onion, shredded
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
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Instructions:
  1. Wash the bean sprouts and boil them on high heat in a pot with salted hot water for 2 minutes .
  2. Rinse the cooked bean sprouts with ice-cold water and shake out all water through a sieve.
  3. Gently squeeze all the water out with hands, place in a large mixing bowl and set aside.
  4. Mix all sauce ingredients in a small mixing bowl.
  5. Add the sauce mix into the cooked bean sprouts, stir and mix well.
  6. Ideally, cool the salad in the refrigerator for 10–15 minutes to let the flavours blend before serving, but it is not essential.

* Regular soy sauce is made with fermented wheat. Use gluten-free soy sauce if you are gluten intolerant.

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