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Spicy Dried Radish Salad Recipe (Mumallaengi Muchim)

by Emily
Korean spicy dried radish salad in a bowl on top of a place mat. The spicy salad is bright red.

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What Is Mumallaengi Muchim (Spicy Dried Radish Salad)?

Mumallaengi muchim is a traditional Korean side dish (banchan) made by mixing rehydrated dried radish with a spicy homemade sauce. The term ‘mumallaengi’ (무말랭이) means ‘dried radish.’ The term ‘muchim’ (무침) means ‘to season.’ This broad term refers to vegetables and herbs that are seasoned after they are sauteed, marinated, steamed, dried, or cut up raw. 

This spicy dried radish salad is the perfect side dish to enjoy with rice. I personally love making this recipe when packing for a picnic as it travels well! 

Spicy Dried Radish Salad Ingredient List:

Below, I list the ingredients used to make this recipe. I also linked any informative articles on my site connected to these ingredients:

Mumallaengi Muchim Ingredients:

A closeup side shot of Korean spicy dried radish salad in a bowl on top of a place mat. The spicy salad is bright red.

Spicy Dried Radish Salad Tips & Tricks: 

Here, I list some helpful tips & tricks to help you make this easy spicy dried radish salad recipe. If you have any questions, leave a comment below or email me at [email protected]! I hope these tips help! 

  • Using hot water, soak your dried radish for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, wash the radish 3-4 times with new water. 
  • While you soak the radish combine all your other ingredients in a bowl. Once you are done soaking the radish you can mix it with your sauce. Make sure to mix all the ingredients well until all the radish is coated evenly with sauce
  • You can buy toasted sesame seeds or you can toast raw sesame seeds yourself at home. To learn how to toast sesame seeds, you can check out my article on the subject
  • I like to make this recipe a few hours before serving. That way, the radish can absorb more of the flavors of the sauce
  • If you have leftover radish, make sure to store it in an airtight container with all of the extra sauce on the bottom of your bowl. The radish and extra sauce can be mixed into rice with other side dishes to make bibimbap
Mumallaengi Muchim in a bowl on top of a place mat. The spicy salad is bright red.

Mumallaengi Muchim Frequently Asked Questions: 

Now that we learned some tips & tricks for making this spicy dried radish salad recipe, I want to answer some questions you may have as well! If I do not answer your question, feel free to leave a comment in the section below or email me at [email protected]

Does This Recipe Contain Major Allergens? (Gluten, Soy, Etc.)

Before listing all of the major allergens, I want to state that all of my recipes are naturally gluten-free. On this blog, I only use and recommend gluten-free ingredients and brands. That being said, I list gluten as a potential allergen when necessary– this is because many Korean ingredients (such as soy sauce, gochujang, and doenjang) contain gluten unless you specifically buy gluten-free versions. Not only is this true for gluten, but it is true for other major allergens as well. As such, I always list allergy substitutions in the next section of my post. 

This recipe does not contain 6 of the 9 major allergens. It does not contain: 

  • Peanuts
  • Fish
  • Crustacean Shellfish
  • Eggs
  • Milk (Dairy)
  • Tree Nuts

This recipe does contain 3 of the 9 major allergens. It can contain: 

  • Wheat (Gluten)
  • Soybean
  • Sesame

Allergy Substitutions or Omissions: 

For those with celiac disease, gluten allergy, and/or wheat allergy: 

To make this recipe gluten and wheat-free, switch out regular soy sauce for a gluten-free tamari or coconut aminos. 

For those with a soy allergy: 

When making this recipe, look for a soy-free alternative to soy sauce. My favorite soy-free alternative is coconut aminos. 

For those with a sesame allergy:

If you have a sesame allergy, you can omit the toasted sesame seeds from this recipe. 

Mumallaengi Muchim in a small bowl on a brown place mat. A green plant sits in the background. The bright red radish has sesame seeds on top.

Is This Recipe Vegetarian or Vegan?

Excitingly, this recipe is naturally vegetarian and vegan! You do not need to worry about any animal products or byproducts when making this recipe!  

Where Do I Buy the Ingredients?

While some ingredients (such as green onions and garlic) are easy to find at most well-stocked Western-style grocery stores, some of the Korean ingredients can be difficult to find. Some such ingredients include Korean dried radish strips (mumallaengi) and Korean red pepper powder (gochugaru)

Instead, look for these ingredients at larger Asian grocery store chains (such as H-Mart). Furthermore, you can order these ingredients online! 

Where to Buy Korean Ingredients Online? 

Nowadays, there are many online options to choose from to order Korean food online. These websites are not limited to but include:

  • Amazon
  • H-mart
  • Hanpoom
  • Wooltari 
Korean spicy dried radish salad in a small bowl on a brown place mat. A green plant sits in the background. The bright red radish has sesame seeds on top.

How Do I Store Leftovers?

To store mumallaengi muchim, place it in the refrigerator in an airtight container. You can store this side dish for up to a week.

 Because of how easy it is to transport, this banchan is perfect for take-away lunch boxes. Further, this recipe keeps longer out of the refrigerator because the radish strips are dried.   

I Hope You Enjoyed Learning How to Make This Spicy Dried Radish Salad!!

In the end, I hope you enjoyed learning how to make this spicy dried radish salad! If so, let me know in the comment section!

If you would like to read more about cooking, you can find further recipes on this blog. I listed some of my favorite Carving A Journey recipes below! For reference, many recipes are influenced by my family’s blended Korean and Southern heritage.

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Spicy Dried Radish Salad Recipe (Mumallaengi Muchim)

Recipe by Emily
5.0 from 1 vote
Course: Recipe IndexCuisine: KoreanDifficulty: Easy


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  • 50 G Dried Radish

  • 1 Green Onion, Finely Chopped

  • 1 TBSP Mirin

  • 2 TBSP Plum Cheong

  • 2 TBSP Gochugaru

  • 1 Garlic Clove, Minced

  • 1 TBSP Soy Sauce

  • 2 TBSP Rice or Corn Syrup

  • Sesame Seeds, to Garnish


  • Soak your radish in warm water for 30 minutes. Then, was your radish with cold water 3-4 times dumbing the water out each time.
  • While your radish soaks combine your sauce ingredients in a bowl. Let the sauce sit as your radish soaks.
  • Finally, combine your radish with your sauce. Mix until all the radish is covered. Serve next to your other side dishes.*


  • *Do not throw out your extra sauce! This delicious sauce is perfect to combine with rice along with your radish and other vegetables to make bibimbap!

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