Corn syrup

Mulyeot 물엿

Corn syrup (mulyeot) is used in Korean cuisine as a sweetener.

corn syrup


Traditionally, Korean yeot is a kind of candy, so the word mulyeot can be translated as “sweet liquid candy.”

Mulyeot is used in many side dishes, especially those you stir-fry. Clear mulyeot is usually made from corn, and brown mulyeot, called ssalyeot is made from rice. They are pretty much interchangeable in Korean cooking, and Koreans often use the word mulyeot when they mean ssalyeot.


Recipes that use corn syrup (mulyeot):



  1. bsim8331 joined 3/11
    Posted March 25th, 2011 at 1:40 pm | # |

    I was wondering if corn syrup is use in the same way as cooking wine and also is sake another term for cooking wine.

    • happy002 Australia joined 11/09
      Posted April 10th, 2011 at 1:37 pm | # |

      Hi bsim8331,

      corn syrup is a thick and sweet syrupy mixture so definitely not used the same way as cooking wine. There are many kinds of cooking wine, and they add different flavours to your dish. Sake is one of those kind in the japanese flavour dept and in chinese dishes, you could use hua diao. hope this helps! :)

  2. azie boo malaysia joined 3/10
    Posted March 31st, 2010 at 10:17 pm | # |

    hello maangchi..if i can’t find corn syrup..can i use corn flour?thanx

    • KillDeer Hamilton, Ontario joined 9/10
      Posted September 30th, 2010 at 1:00 pm | # |

      Corn syrup is very sweet liquid not anything like flour! If you cannot use corn syrup you should use honey or maybe small amount of water with sugar dissolved in it!

  3. jhm
    Posted October 13th, 2009 at 8:57 am | # |

    I find that corn syrup is a substitute for ‘malt syrup’ which is transliterated in a book as: “choch’ung” or “choch’ong.” Could you provide the actual Korean for me?

  4. D
    Posted August 13th, 2009 at 11:34 am | # |

    Sorry, you can disregard the earlier message. You alrady answered that question above.

  5. D
    Posted August 13th, 2009 at 11:31 am | # |

    Is there a difference with Karo brand corn syrup (purchased at any supermarket) and Korean brand corn syrup?

  6. kumikomatsuo
    Posted May 12th, 2009 at 12:42 pm | # |

    For what Rice Syrup is used??

  7. Annie
    Posted February 14th, 2009 at 2:24 am | # |

    Hi Maangchi,

    Do you happen to know the recipe for korean mashed potatoes?


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