Kongnamul in Chili Garlic Oil: A Korean-Inspired Side Dish
Kongnamul is a popular side dish in Korean cuisine. The traditional recipe includes mung bean sprouts, scallion, garlic, sesame oil, sesame seeds, and chili pepper flakes. Sesame oil, which is produced from sesame seeds, is one of the most commonly used ingredients in Korean cuisine. However, not all people appreciate its strong taste and smell—so I decided to use chili garlic oil, instead. The final dish came out almost the same, but without the strong taste of sesame oil. Try this easy-to-make recipe, and let me know what you think in the comments section, below!
- 60 grams mung bean sprouts
- 3 tablespoons (approximately 1 small) tomato, chopped
- 2 tablespoons onion, chopped
- 1 tablespoon chili garlic oil, store-bought
- Salt, for cooking the mung bean sprout
- Water, for cooking the mung bean sprout
- 2 medium bowls
- 3 small bowls
- measuring spoons
- chopping board
- cooking spoon
- Pour water in a pot. Season it with salt.
- Bring the water to boil.
- Upon boiling, blanch the mung bean sprouts. Cook for one minute.
- While waiting for the mung bean sprouts to cook, prepare a bowl of ice-cold water. Set aside.
- Once cooked, remove the mung bean sprouts quickly. Immediately submerge the sprouts in the ice-cold water.
- Remove the mung bean sprouts from the water. Dry completely using a strainer.
- In a bowl, add mung bean sprouts, onion, tomato, and chili garlic oil.
- Mix all the ingredients thoroughly. Add salt to taste.
Kongnamul in Chili-Garlic Oil Step-by-Step Procedure
Tips and Techniques
- Seasoning the blanching water with salt makes the sprouts tastier.
- Submerging the blanched sprouts in an ice-cold water bath stops the cooking process.
- If you prefer, you may use homemade chili garlic oil.
- You may adjust the saltiness of the kongnamul, if desired.
- You can try growing mung bean sprouts at home; it's organic and cheap.
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