Korean cooking ingredients

Mugwort powder

Ssukgaru 쑥가루

This ground mugwort powder is used in many rice cake recipes like ssuk injeolmi.

mugwort powder

mugwort powder

Even though it says “sagebrush powder” on the package, don’t be fooled! It’s mugwort powder!

Recipes that use mugwort powder (ssukgaru):

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24 Comments:

  1. KrynauwOtto2 Pretoria, South Africa My profile page I'm a fan! joined 9/13
    Posted October 13th, 2013 at 4:56 am | # |

    Hi Maangchi,
    How can I make mugwort powder?

  2. Tokki266 Sydney NSW My profile page joined 4/13
    Posted April 22nd, 2013 at 11:11 pm | # |

    Interesting thing is when i have some spare mugwort powder i actually mix this with water to make a paste and apply it as a face mask i find it works well. But i mainly use in cooking it has a bitter flavour : ))))

  3. Toto Bonn, Germany My profile page joined 6/10
    Posted August 14th, 2010 at 1:57 pm | # |

    Hi Manngchi
    Do you know how to make the mugwort soup?
    Is it called ssook guk? :)
    Thank you

  4. Sylvia My profile page I'm a fan! joined 9/08
    Posted April 8th, 2010 at 1:40 pm | # |

    Upon further review, I am sure suk, is mugwort.

  5. Sylvia My profile page I'm a fan! joined 9/08
    Posted April 8th, 2010 at 12:40 pm | # |

    Hi Maanchi,
    I am doing some research for my Korean friend. She found wild Suk on
    the hillside and wants to know the English name. I think it is mugwort, (Artemisia Vulgaris)
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Artemisia_vulgaris
    http://www.kitazawaseed.com/seeds_japanese_mugwort.html

    But then, I see something offered by Kitazawa Seed Co. that is “water dropwort”, (Oenanthe crotata)
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water_dropwort
    they also call it Korean Minari.
    http://www.kitazawaseed.com/seeds_water_dropwort.html

    In reading about both I think they look similar and both have medicinal uses. Which is it that my friend calls suk?

  6. Anonymous
    Posted October 15th, 2009 at 11:01 am | # |

    which company sells mugwort powder? in europe?

  7. drinks&teas
    Posted April 29th, 2009 at 10:24 pm | # |

    Is there any recipe of making soohk (mugwort) shakes or fruit drinks? any suggestions?

  8. Kyung Hee Yoon
    Posted April 11th, 2009 at 9:32 pm | # |

    We have fresh mugwort growing in our garden, and I’d like to make mugwort rice cake. Please show the recipe in your next your Youtube.

  9. Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
    Posted November 1st, 2008 at 10:15 am | # |

    rosellearmada,
    How about using roasted green bean powder or even green tea powder? Don’t forget to mix it with sugar before dipping the ricecake balls.

    • Toto Bonn, Germany My profile page joined 6/10
      Posted August 14th, 2010 at 2:43 pm | # |

      well I used to make my own powder from a chinese plant called “Jiaogulan” but it takes a lot of time until you get enough for the gyungdan because I took the leaves from my own plant which always shrank after that, but I just love the flavor :)
      I think the best idea is to use green tea powder as Maangchi mentioned if you can’t ssook garu

  10. rosellearmada
    Posted October 31st, 2008 at 10:43 pm | # |

    Hi, found your website while surfing. found many of your recipes quite interesting. great that you take time to respond to every query. I’m interested in sagebrush powder but i don’t think it’s available here in Manila (i’ve seen a few korean stores here). Can you suggest any substitute ?

    • diana
      Posted May 13th, 2009 at 4:11 am | # |

      Where are the Korean stores in Manila? Please tell me :)

  11. Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
    Posted October 4th, 2008 at 9:16 am | # |

    jackie,
    I assume you are talking about
    sweet rice flour or powder. Yes, you can.

  12. jackie
    Posted October 4th, 2008 at 1:40 am | # |

    Hi MAANGChi,

    i am wondering can i add the sagebrush powder to the flour in it while making the rice cake like mochi?

  13. Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
    Posted May 10th, 2008 at 8:08 pm | # |

    Anonymous,
    It tastes a little bitter and smells like herbs. It’s also called mugwort. Thanks!

  14. Anonymous
    Posted May 10th, 2008 at 12:50 am | # |

    What does sagebrush powder taste like? is it sweet?

  15. Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
    Posted March 16th, 2008 at 4:16 pm | # |

    Hi,milgwimper,
    Thank you for your information.
    I used “ssook (mugwort) powder” in my gyung dan video, not “Sook Got”. They are different vegetables. : ) When I use it in my upcoming cooking videos, I will use the information that you provided. Thanks a lot.

    • Dani
      Posted July 7th, 2009 at 2:03 am | # |

      When I was little, I lived in Seoul and my mom and I would go out to pick mugwort at the park, Then we made mugwort soup with it. Now that I live in Chicago, I don’t know where to look for fresh mugwort. Do you buy it from Chinatown or somewhere else?

      Thanks,
      Dani

  16. milgwimper
    Posted March 16th, 2008 at 8:56 am | # |

    Maangchi,

    I think the english name for sook gaht is crown daisie, or garland chrysanthemum, the scientific name is Chrysanthemum coronarium. I cannot stand the stuff raw but love it cooked. Thanks for all the recipes and good job. It must be a lot of work but I wanted to know how much enjoy your work.


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