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Foraging Myeongaju!

By Maangchi

My good friend Ms. Jeon came from Toronto to join our Spring picnic meetup on Saturday (blog post & video coming soon). Today we went for a walk in Central Park and she spotted so many edible plants.

Ms. Jeon grew up in the Korean countryside, and she grew up foraging for plants. She can find food anywhere, even Central Park.

Central Park foraging

One plant she found is what we call myeongaju:명아주  in Korean. We had to look it up; it’s called Lamb’s Quarters in English, and a lot of other people eat it, too. Check it out! Some people call it “goosefoot” because the leaves look like a goose’s foot.

Myeongaju

When we came home I blanched it and mixed it with garlic, soy sauce, a little sesame oil, and some sesame seeds.

Myeongaju namul

It tastes like sigeumchi namul. There are a lot of things to eat outside, if you know where to look!

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