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Mung Bean Sprouts Side Dish, Sukju Namul

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quick n easy
nut free
prep time: 
5 min
inactive time: 
0 min
cooking time: 
15 min
total time: 
20 min

Sukju Namul is one of the vegetable side dishes that appears often on Korean lunch and dinner tables. (Sukju means "mung bean sprouts." Namul means "vegetable side dish.") It's a great side dish to balance out a heavy meat dish or spicy food. It's also perfect for those who are looking for a low calorie meal or snack. Sukju namul can also be used as a topping on bibimbap. Mung bean sprouts look similar to soy bean sprouts but they are softer in texture and have a lighter taste. Mung bean sprouts are more readily available in North American grocery markets since it's also used in other Asian cooking whereas soy bean sprouts tend to only be found in Korean grocery markets.

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for blanching mung bean sprouts

7 ozMung Bean Sprouts 숙주
½ tspSalt 소금
4 cupsWater 물

for seasoning

¼ tspSalt 소금 (may need more or less depending on type and brand)
¼ tspSoy Sauce for Soup (Gukganjang) 국간장
1 tspSesame Oil 참기름
1 tspGarlic (minced) 다진 마늘
2 tspChopped Green Onion 다진파
½ tspSesame Seeds 깨
pinch Black Pepper 후추 (optional)

Optional Ingredients and Substitutions
Gukganjang (soy sauce for soup): If you don't have gukganjang, add more salt.
Black pepper: Depending on your preference, you can omit black pepper.

Good to Know
Salt: If available, natural sea salt always makes food taste better. Remember, sea salt has a different saltiness than table salt. So, taste as you add gradually. If you are using coarse salt, make sure it's mixed really well.

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1. Wash

Wash 200g of mung bean sprouts thoroughly in cold water two or three times. Remove any bad beans or roots. Some people remove roots but it’s not necessary for mung bean sprouts.

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Wash thoroughly

  • 200g mung bean sprout

Remove bad beans & roots

2. Blanch

Boil 4 cups of water on high heat. Add ½ tsp of salt and blanch mung bean sprout in boiling water on high heat for 2 min or until the bean sprouts die down. Do not over cook.

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Add ½ tsp salt

Blanch bean sprouts in boiling water

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3. Rinse

Rinse blanched green bean sprout twice in cold water. Gently squeeze all the water out with hands.

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Rinse in cold water twice

Squeeze water out

4. Season

Season green bean sprouts with ¼ tsp salt, ¼ tsp gukganjang (soy sauce for soup), 1 tsp sesame oil, 1 tsp minced garlic, 2 tsp of chopped green onion, ½ tsp sesame seeds and ⅛ tsp black pepper (optional). Mix well. If you don’t have gukganjang (soy sauce for soup), just add another ¼ tsp of salt.

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  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp soy sauce for soup
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 tsp chopped green onion
  • ½ tsp sesame seeds
  • ⅛ tsp of black pepper (optional)

Mix well

5. Serve

Serve on a side dish plate. You can sprinkle more sesame seeds on top as a garnish if you like. Enjoy!

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