Asian chives

Buchu 부추

These tender shoots are sold fresh in Korean grocery stores. They have a bit of a garlicky kick and add flavor and color to many dishes in Korean cuisine. Scallions are an acceptable substitute, or the green part of green onions, or even spinach.



Asian chives


Recipes that use asian chives (buchu):



  1. beckaivans joined 10/15
    Posted February 6th, 2016 at 8:57 pm | # |

    Hi! I’m trying to grow my own garlic. As a kid we grew it, and we used the bulb, the greens, and even the flowers in different dishes. Can I use my garlic greens as a substitute for buchu in Korean recipes? I can’t find it anywhere, so I always use green onion, but since buchu is sometimes called garlic chives, I wonder if the taste is similar? Thanks!!!

  2. angelahappydot London joined 3/11
    Posted March 12th, 2013 at 12:20 pm | # |

    can u use green onions instead of buchu? i have lots of green onions and they need to be used soon! let me know please!

  3. Han Su Rii Malaysia joined 10/10
    Posted January 13th, 2011 at 6:01 am | # |

    in my country its called ‘kucai’..i noticed there are 2 kinds of chives here, one with flower and one without flower.

  4. JC Malaysia joined 8/10
    Posted August 20th, 2010 at 3:24 am | # |

    This chives look like Gow Choy (Chinese Chives) or in Malaysia we call it Kucai. The older harvested plant has white color flowers.

    I am going to make Kimchijiggae tomorrow. Just got myself an earthen Korean pot, napa cabbage kimchi, radish kimchi, hot peper flakes and Gochujang paste from a little Korean town (Ampang) within our city. So I am checking Maangchi’s website to find out more recipes so I can have a Korean nite dinner tomorrow.

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