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What Is Mumallaengi (Korean Dehydrated Radish)?
Have you ever eaten dehydrated radish? In South Korea, people make dried radish strips after ‘Kimjang’ (김장), the process of preparing and preserving kimchi as a family for the year, which takes place during late fall/early winter. Traditionally, families used the majority of radishes they harvested in the fall to make kimchi. Then, if they had leftovers, they would dry and store this delicious root vegetable for later use. Nowadays, people buy pre-dried radish instead of making their own.
In Korea, people refer to this dried root vegetable as ‘mumallaengi’ (무말랭이). ‘Mu’ (무) means radish, while ‘mallaengi’ (말랭이) comes from the verb ‘malida’ (말리다), meaning ‘to dry.’
Dried Radish Strips in Korean Cuisine:
As stated above, in South Korea, people refer to dried radish strips as ‘mumallaengi’ (무말랭이). In Korean cuisine, people use and eat radishes both fresh and dried. To learn more about fresh Korean radish in Korean cuisine, I recommend checking out my ingredient article on the subject!
Below, I list the main way people use dried radish strips as an ingredient:
- Mumallaengi-Muchim (무말랭이무침): In English, we can translate this to ‘seasoned dried radish strips,’ or ‘dried radish salad.’ To make this traditional Korean banchan, you soak the dried radish strips in water to rehydrate them before mixing them into a delicious sauce!
Mumallaengi Frequently Asked Questions:
Now that we learned about mumallaengi in Korean cuisine, I want to answer some questions you may have about this ingredient! If I do not answer your question, feel free to leave a comment in the section below or email me at [email protected].
What Do DeHydrated Radish Strips Taste Like?
Dried Korean radish tastes like a more pungent version of the fresh root vegetable. Like any dehydrated food, when you remove the water content, the flavor becomes stronger.
Raw Korean radish tastes peppery with a hint of sweetness!
Where Can I Buy This Ingredient?
You can buy packages of this dried Korean ingredient at your local Korean or Asian grocery store as well as online!
How Do I Properly Store Dried Radish Strips?
I recommend storing Korean dehydrated radish in a cool, dry place such as your pantry unless the packaging states to refrigerate them. Once opened, make sure to place it into a sealed container with the air removed.
What Is a Korean Dried Radish Substitute?
Unfortunately, there isn’t a great substitute for Korean dehydrated radish. If you cannot find the packets of dried radish, you can try making your own using a Korean or daikon radish. In South Korea, people use both radish varieties to make dried radish strips.
I Hope You Enjoyed Learning About Korean Dried Radish (Mumallaengi)!
In the end, I hope you enjoyed learning about the uses of mumallaengi (dried radish) in Korean cuisine. If so, let me know in the comment section!
If you would like to read more about cooking, you can find recipes as well as further Korean ingredient articles on my blog. I listed some of our favorite Carving A Journey recipes below! For reference, many recipes are influenced by my family’s blended Korean and Southern heritage.
Korean Ingredient Articles:
- Dried Kelp (Dashima)
- Dried Persimmon (Gotgam)
- Korean Pepper (Gochu)
- Garlic Chives (Buchu)
- Schisandra Berries (Omija)
- Korean Green Plum Extract (Maesil Cheong)
Further Carving A Journey Recipes:
- Korean Egg Soup (Gyeran Guk)
- Korean Anchovy Broth (Myeolchi Yuksu)
- Korean Acorn Jelly Salad (Dotorimuk-Muchim)
- Korean Acorn Jelly (Dotorimuk)
- Korean Plum Tea (Maesil Cha)
- Korean Sausage Stir fry (Sausage Yachae Bokkeum)
If you have any questions or comments, you can also email me at [email protected].
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