In South Korea, people use different types of sweeteners beyond sugar to add depth of flavor to dishes. Such sweeteners can include rice syrup, fresh Asian pears, corn syrup, mirim, malt syrup, honey, and more! In this article, I will teach you about Korean green plum extract, known as ‘maesil cheong,’ otherwise known as maesil syrup, Korean green plum extract, or green plum syrup.
In English, ‘Mirim’ (미림) is known as ‘Korean cooking rice wine’ or just ‘Korean cooking wine.’ In South Korea, people use this alcohol-based sweetener to remove undesirable smells and flavors of meat and fish as well as enhance and balance the flavors of a dish. Beyond that, people use this ingredient to tenderize meat!