Saturday, September 08, 2012

The cook off...

Sung Hyun and I bought some beans from the local Korean store in our city.  

Then we had a cook off

He prepared his as a soup:

And mine as a spicy side dish:

I might have added a little too much liquid to mine

Okay mine turned out to be a spicy soup

Sung Hyun was happy with his Korean creation

He voted his the best!

I second that vote!


David said...

sorry jen, sunghyun's soybean sprout soup is better.

David said...

are you trying to make soybean muchim?

Why am I here??? said...

I have no idea what I'm trying to make which might be the problem in the first place...haha. It was one of the dishes my sil taught me while I was in Korea.

David said...

muchim is easy to make. do you want to learn how to make it?

Why am I here??? said...

Sure, are you going to teach me?

David said...

this the way i do it and i am sure there are many other ways. i am not into measurement so use your judgement.
ingredients you need:
a)green onion. chop green onion into small pieces. i use green onion instead of garlic because garlic is too over powering for me.
b)salt. any salt will do but sea or himalayan pink salt is what i use.
c)sesame seed. crush the seed by placing them in the palm of your hand and use your thumb to rub. crushed sesame seed brings out the aroma.
d)sesame oil
e)korean hot chili pepper flake. gochugaru
step 1.boil water with a pinch of salt. enough water to be able to cover the soybean sprout.
step 2.once the water boils turn the heat off put the sprout in and place the lid and wait about 45 seconds to 1 minute. the amount of time will depend on your taste. the longer you wait the softer it gets and the less you wait the crisper it is.
step 3.blanch the sprout to stop the cooking process and let the sprout soak till it is cold. takes about 30 seconds.
step 4.squeeze the sprout with your hand to remove excess water.
step the squeezed sprout in a bowl.
step 6.add all the ingredients and mix it with your hand by gentle squeezing and tossing.
step 7.once done enjoy and eat it.
this technique can be use for spinach, korean zuchini and many other types of vegetables.
see how easy it is. once you know how to make muchim, total time to prepare this should be less than 15minutes. i make enough to last me few days. very healthy and delicious. try it and tell me how you did.

David said...

on yes, if you have any questions you can email me at

Why am I here??? said...

Hey thanks...I'm going to try this with spinach or something else. I'm getting sick of soybeans already.

Helena said...

I LOVE 콩나물 무침. Will have to try David's recipe.

Jolene - EverydayFoodie said...

They both look great!!!

ashattack said...

What a fun idea! I'm going to try this with my husband!