Month: January 2022

Korean mung bean sprout salad next to kimchi and rice with an egg

Korean Mung Bean Sprout Salad (Sukju-Namul Muchim) 

Recently, I wrote about mung bean sprouts and their purpose in Korean food culture. The sprouts, named ‘sukju’ or ‘sukju-namul’ are a common ingredient in popular dishes such as bibimbap, mung bean pancakes, and some stews. Sukju-namul muchim is a popular Korean side dish salad served often in people’s households. Light and refreshing, it has a crispy and crunchy texture. Let’s learn how to make it here!

A shot of a large pile of mung bean sprouts

Mung Bean Sprouts in Korean Cooking (Sukju)

While uncommon in western cooking, different types of bean sprouts have been used by many East Asian cultures in their cultural cooking. Mung bean sprouts are no exception. You can find these sprouts used all across Asia in some of the most culturally influential dishes internationally. For example, think of mung bean sprouts used in the Thai dish pad thai, the Vietnamese dish pho, and the Korean dish bibimbap. In South Korea, while used less often than soybean sprouts, people use mung beans as a fresh and crunchy ingredient to a multitude of dishes. Here, we will discuss the use of mung bean sprouts in Korean cooking as well as discuss the cultural significance of this ingredient. Let’s get started!

A bunch Korean green plums on a branch of a tree

Green Plums In Korean Cooking (Maesil)

The Korean green plum, also known as Chinese plum, Japanese plum, Japanese apricot, and sour green plums, are a type of fruit grown native to East Asia and Southeast Asia. This plant, known as Prunus mume, is a tree species classified in the Armeniaca section of the genus Prunus, making it related to both plum and apricot trees. In this article, we will discuss green plums in Korean culture as well as their uses in Korean cuisine. Then, we will answer some frequently asked questions about this fruit such as when they are in season and where to buy them!

A shot of a traditional Korea building. The building has a black tile roof and dark wooden walls

Being Vegan in South Korea (Veganism in Korea)

Honestly, like the gluten-free lifestyle, living vegan in South Korea can be difficult if you do not know the food traditions, eating culture, and cannot communicate in the Korean language. The culinary experience for vegans traveling to South Korea can be quite frustrating without adequate research. For this reason, I wanted to give some pointers on what to expect when traveling to South Korea, how to say the term ‘vegan,’ and some resources for vegan Korean recipes! 

Korean Sick food Post--A photo of a spoon and chopstick on a little plate

Korean Sick Food: What to Eat When Feeling Sick

It’s that time of the year–the holidays are over and people are starting to feel run down from being with family, eating and drinking way too much, the contagious bugs going around, and/or the cold weather. Whatever the case, if you are feeling under the weather, Korea has some delicious meals that help you get back on your feet.