Korean cooking ingredients

Perilla leaves

Kkaennip 깻잎

Perilla leaves are often translated from Korean as “sesame leaves,” which is technically a correct translation although they aren’t related to the sesame plant. They look a little similar to Japanese shiso leaves but taste very different and are larger, flatter, have a less serrated edge, and are a little purple on the underside.

If you can’t find them in the store, you can try to grow them yourself. Many of my readers are growing their own.

Perilla leaves

perilla leaves

Recipes that use perilla leaves (kkaennip):



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