Korean cooking forum topics:
Hi! I have been a vegetarian for quite some time now and I’ve noticed that most korean recipes require some sort of seafood or meat-based stocks (such as anchovy stock).
I am also Korean and kind of bummed out that I cannot eat most of the Korean cuisine around.
So I was wondering if the anchovy/meat stock can be substituted with a korean vegetarian stock? If so, may I have the recipe?
instead of anchovy stock you can use stock made from dried kelp…
meat-based stock… sometimes you can use veggiestock, but it depends on what you would like to cook
Use kelp, shitake mushrooms, onions, and garlic to make the stock. You can see how she makes it in the soft tofu stew recipe.
Just omit the anchovies and use more shitake mushrooms and kelp instead. It will taste just as good! :)
Hi Chodey! I am a vegan so I know what you mean. I usually use a veggie stock made with mushrooms and sea vegetables in place of meat stocks for Korean cooking. If it’s suppose to be an anchovy stock I always add soy sauce for the saltiness.
I usually use kelp and dulse to make stock. Mushrooms make a good stock too, but my boyfriend is allergic to shiitakes, so we don’t use those. The dulse adds a bit of a bacony flavor. I get mine from Maine Coast Sea Vegetables. All of there seaweed is outstanding, so it is worth placing an order.
I also put onions and garlic in just about everything.
Hi, I’ve been veggie for 24 years and have the same issue! Aeri from Aeri’s Kitchen suggested using shiitakes in place of dried anchovies. I haven’t tried it yet.
Aaah! Thank you guys so much! My korean food options have opened many doors for a bright future! Thanks!!
Hobak namul (Squash salad) Recipe
Ingredients: 1/2 squash or about 6 oz
1/4 cup water, 1 teaspoon sesame oil
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon sugar, 1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon soy sauce
1/4 teaspoon sesame seeds for garnish
Quarter the squash in length wise, slice in 1/4 inch thick.
In a small pan, add all ingredients and mix.
Put squash, cover the lid.
Bring to a boil on a medium high heat, reduce to low heat, cook for another minute or so.
Transfer to a dish, garnish with sesame seeds.
If you can find Maitake mushrooms (aka Hen-of-the-Woods, Ram’s Head, or Sheep’s Head) throw some of that in with the kelp, onion and garlic (some people also add a few slices of radish). Maitake has a very strong “maim” mushroom-y flavor. I use anchovy stock as well but the Maitake it so delicious that whenever I see it at the store I use that instead. (Note: There has been a lot of mainstream research recently on the health benefits of Maitake. Specifically on stimulation of immune cells that fight cancer.)
CrazyBuoy, thanks for the hobak namul recipe :)
Just to add on, maybe you can try adding soy beans for the stock (put them inside the container maangchi used for her anchovies), and add kelp, mushrooms and onions.
I’d agree with what others have said about the mushrooms and kelp.
Also, if you’re looking for a quick method, we often used kelp powder as a shortcut. It’s available at Whole Foods if you can’t find it in your asian food store.
My wife and I have a new blog up focusing on vegan Korean food. If you’re interested, take a look!
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