Sukju Namul (Korean Bean Sprout Salad)

Sukju Namul
One of my favourite things about Korean food (other than the spice) is that every meal is accompanied by a plethora of banchan (side dishes). At some restaurants, you’ll end up with 10 different complementary side dishes even though you only ordered a $9 bowl of soup. If you’re the type of person who loves variety and trying new things, it’s a fun way to eat.

This is a nice simple dish made with lightly boiled bean spouts that makes for a nice mild salad against a backdrop of spicy Korean food. The bean sprouts are crunchy with a great garlicky sesame flavor and go really well with a bowl of rice.

6 oz bean sprouts
1 garlic clove finely minced
1 Tbs chives finely chopped
1 Tbs toasted sesame seeds
1 Tbs light soy sauce
2 tsp sesame oil
1/4 tsp sugar

Boil the bean sprouts in salted water until they just start turning translucent. Drain thoroughly in a colander and when they are cool enough to touch, grab a handful an squeeze out as much water out as you can.

Toss with the remaining ingredients and serve as a side dish with rice.

  • http://www.souvlakiforthesoul.com/ Peter G

    Great advice Marc…gotta love “bibibap”…it has everything!

  • http://www.souvlakiforthesoul.com/ Peter G

    Great advice Marc…gotta love “bibibap”…it has everything!

  • http://www.souvlakiforthesoul.com Peter G

    Great advice Marc…gotta love “bibibap”…it has everything!

  • http://www.palatetopen.com/ Jen

    My favorite banchan are this dish and Kimchi, and I admit that I’m not very good about sharing either of them :) Just too tasty!

  • http://www.palatetopen.com Jen

    My favorite banchan are this dish and Kimchi, and I admit that I’m not very good about sharing either of them :) Just too tasty!

  • http://www.figandcherry.com/ Christie @ fig&cherry

    Wow, so simple yet so delicious! I’m a big fan of kimchi as a korean side dish. It can’t be beat!

  • http://www.figandcherry.com Christie @ fig&cherry

    Wow, so simple yet so delicious! I’m a big fan of kimchi as a korean side dish. It can’t be beat!

  • http://closetcooking.blogspot.com/ Kevin

    This sounds like a simple and tasty side dish/banchan.

  • http://closetcooking.blogspot.com/ Kevin

    This sounds like a simple and tasty side dish/banchan.

  • http://www.everydaycookin.blogspot.com/ Darius T. Williams

    Looks like some good eating my friend…really good eating!

    -DTW
    http://www.everydaycookin.com

  • http://www.everydaycookin.blogspot.com Darius T. Williams

    Looks like some good eating my friend…really good eating!

    -DTW
    http://www.everydaycookin.com

  • http://www.notquitenigella.com/ Lorraine E

    This is my favourite Korean side dish when done well. Thanks for the recipe I really want to try this out! :)

    Happy 2009 Marc!

  • http://www.notquitenigella.com Lorraine E

    This is my favourite Korean side dish when done well. Thanks for the recipe I really want to try this out! :)

    Happy 2009 Marc!

  • http://www.applepiepatispate.com/ Jude

    Good timing for recipes like this.. I need to get my holiday detox started :)

  • http://www.applepiepatispate.com Jude

    Good timing for recipes like this.. I need to get my holiday detox started :)

  • marc

    Peter, Bibimbap is one of my favourites as well.

    Jen, I know what you mean, luckily most restaurants will refill them if you ask:-)

    Thanks Christie, Kevin and Darius!

    Lorraine, tell us how it turns out:-)

    Jude, after all the food I’ve been eating I need a thorough detox too, but there are always so many temptations.

  • marc

    Peter, Bibimbap is one of my favourites as well.

    Jen, I know what you mean, luckily most restaurants will refill them if you ask:-)

    Thanks Christie, Kevin and Darius!

    Lorraine, tell us how it turns out:-)

    Jude, after all the food I’ve been eating I need a thorough detox too, but there are always so many temptations.

  • http://www.bookofyum.com/ seamaiden

    This recipe looks lovely. It’s not gluten-free as written, however, because soy sauce contains wheat. However, you could substitute wheat-free low sodium tamari by San-J to make it gluten free. :)

    -Sea

  • http://www.bookofyum.com seamaiden

    This recipe looks lovely. It’s not gluten-free as written, however, because soy sauce contains wheat. However, you could substitute wheat-free low sodium tamari by San-J to make it gluten free. :)

    -Sea

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  • http://monthsofediblecelebrations.blogspot.com/2009/07/salad-week-salad-recipes.html Louise

    Hi Marc,
    I stumbled upon this recipe and thought it would be just the right blend for a salad week post I just did. Hope you don’t mind and Thanks!!!

  • http://monthsofediblecelebrations.blogspot.com/2009/07/salad-week-salad-recipes.html Louise

    Hi Marc,
    I stumbled upon this recipe and thought it would be just the right blend for a salad week post I just did. Hope you don’t mind and Thanks!!!

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