3 Easy Korean Side Dishes
Hi guys! Hope you guys are doing fine. The weather was a bit cold today, finally, it rained heavily. It’s been a while since the last time it rained. Today is 28 days we are fasting. Time moving so fast and now we have one day until Hari Raya Aidilfitri. I’m not ready to leave Ramadan, to be honest.
I’m craving for Korean food today and I made a simple dinner with 3 side dishes. Soybean sprout soup | 콩나물국 (Kongnamulguk), spinach side dish (Sigeumchi-Namul 시금치나물), dried anchovy (Myulchi Bokkeum:멸치볶음) and of course a date for Iftar. I want to try something different and I love Korean food so much so I made it haha
Soybean Sprout Soup.
I saw Maangchi made Soybean sprout soup and I really have to try making that. It’s easy and doesn’t really need to cook for a long time. Maangchi said if you see someone who can make delicious Kongnamulguk, you can say that she is good at Korean cooking! Okay well, thank you heuheu. I’m just joking. I still need to improve my cooking.
Sometimes people put a little MSG into the soup at the end but I don’t really like it, I like the natural taste of the ingredients. Also, MSG is not good for me because it’s always causing me headaches and sometimes an allergic reaction.
Soybean sprouts (I just take a handful of it), water, salt, soy sauce, onion (sliced), garlic, green onion, dried anchovies, and sesame oil.
- Rinse and drain the soybean sprouts and then put it into a pot and add 3 cups of water.
- Add 1/2 tsp salt, 1 tsp soy sauce, 1 cloves of minced garlic and onion.
- Add a little of dried anchovies (I put 7 dried anchovies)
- Close the lid and make it boil over medium heat for 10 minutes. When the boil is over, open the lid and stir it.
- Lower the heat and cook for 10 minutes. Add 1 chopped green onions and 1 tsp of sesame oil. Turn off the heat. I’m too lazy to grind the sesame seed but if you want you can add it.
- This is how it looks like. I know it was supposed to be spicy but I can’t stand spicy so I just make it according to my taste and it’s only for one serving haha my family doesn’t really eat Korean food, except Ramen.
Spinach Side Dish.
Spinach side dish is another easy recipe that made with blanched spinach and dressed with flavorful seasonings with soy sauce, garlic, and sesame oil. It’s very popular and common side dish among Korean. The spinach is only slightly cooked, leaving it a little crispy, but still soft and tasty.
A handful of spinach (cleaned and washed), 1/2 garlic clove, (minced), 1 green onion (chopped), 1½ teaspoon soy sauce, 1½ teaspoon sesame oil, 2 teaspoon sesame seeds.
- Boil the spinach first. I put 4 cups of water into the pot.
- Blanch the spinach for 30 seconds to 1 minute with lid off, stirring with a wooden spoon.
- Rinse the spinach in cold water a couple of times to remove any residual dirt.
- Squeeze out excess water and cut a few times into bite-size pieces.
- Mix the spinach with garlic, green onion, soy sauce, sesame oil, and sesame seeds in a mixing bowl by hand. And my second side dish is done!
Anchovy Side Dish.
I remember eating this side dish when I was at Times Square, Kuala Lumpur and that time I don’t even know the name of this side dish but I can’t forget the sweet taste of the anchovies. It’s so delicious and crispy at the same time. I’m so lucky that I stumble upon Aeri’s Kitchen Youtube because that’s where I found the anchovies that I ate at Time Square.
The main ingredient is tiny anchovies but somehow I can’t find it at Aeon Big so I just bought any anchovies that are not too big. Mine looks so dark because I put soy sauce too much haha. You can check her youtube if you want a video instruction. Also, I already adjusted this recipe according to my taste and I didn’t make a lot of it.
Main: 2 Cups Dried Tiny Anchovies, ½ Cup Green Onion, ¼ Generous Cup Garlic, ¼ Cup Fresh Red Hot Pepper(I don’t eat spicy so I didn’t put this).
Seasoning: 1 1/2 Tbsp Corn Syrup or Honey(I used Honey), 2 Tbsp Cooking Oil, 1 Tbsp Soy Sauce, 1 Tbsp Sugar, 2 tsp Sesame Seeds.
- Put the dried anchovies in a heated nonstick pan without any oil. Fry them for about 2 minutes on medium. Occasionally stir them until brown.
- Add all seasoning ingredients except sesame seeds and mix everything well. And then add garlic into the pan. Stir-fry for about 3 minutes on medium heat.
- After 3 minutes add chopped green onion. And then add sesame seeds. Viola, we are done!
콩나물국 (Kongnamulguk) – Soybean Sprout
Sigeumchi-Namul 시금치나물 – Spinach Side Dish
Myulchi Bokkeum:멸치볶음 – Dried anchovy side dish