I’m happy to introduce you to another delicious Korean side dish called kkwarigochujjim. Kkwarigochu are known as shishito peppers. The light green and thin-walled green peppers are small and sweet and milder than most, so Korean cuisine uses the peppers whole.
When I make my kkwarigochujjim, it never lasts long even though I make a lot of it. I can’t help eating and eating it until it’s gone. I eat it as a snack! I love the texture of the side dish.
It’s popular for making doshirak (lunchboxes). I’ll also show you how to arrange a real Korean doshirak.
- Prepare 300 grams (about 10 ounce : 0.7 pound) of kkwarigochu and remove the stems from each pepper.
- Wash the peppers and strain them.
- Place the strained peppers in a large bowl and add 3 tbs flour (use 1 tbs flour for every 100 grams of kkwarigochu). Mix it up with your hands until the peppers are coated in flour.
- Put 1 cup of water in a steamer pot and boil it over high heat.
- After the water boils for a few minutes, put the peppers into the steamer and steam for 5 minutes over high heat.
*tip: Don’t overcook them, otherwise they’ll turn out mushy
- Turn off the heat, take off the lid, and set aside.
- Put a pan on the stove over medium heat.
- Add 1 ts sesame oil and 2 cloves of minced garlic to the heated pan. Stir for a few seconds with a wooden spoon.
- Add 6 large dried anchovies with the heads and guts removed and stir for 10 seconds.
- Add ¼ cup water, 3 tbs soy sauce, and 1 ts honey (or sugar) and stir.
- Lower the heat and simmer the sauce for 1-2 minutes.
- Add 3 ts hot pepper flakes and mix it up with a wooden spoon.
*tip: The amount of hot pepper flakes you use depends on your taste. Use 1 to 3 ts to make it spicy, or none at all for a non-spicy version
- Add the steamed peppers to the sauce and mix it up well with a wooden spoon. Mix for about 1 minute.
- Turn off the heat and add 2 chopped green onions and 1 ts sesame oil. Mix it together.
- Transfer some to a plate and sprinkle roasted sesame seeds on top before serving.
Serve with rice. The leftover can be stored in the fridge up to 2-3 days.
You wanna make the same doshirak as I did in the video? Here you go!