Bellflower roots

Doraji 도라지

Bellflowers grow wild in the mountains and fields of Korea, although they are also cultivated these days. The root looks similar to ginseng root and tastes bitter with strong ginseng-like smell. They have a lot of uses in Korean cuisine and are also used as medicine. You can find them in a Korean grocery store. They are dried so they last out of season.

To use them, you’ll need to soak them in cold water overnight (for 8 to 12 hours) first. You can make a spicy side dish (dorajimuchim) or stir-fry (dorajibokkeum) with them.

Recipes that use dried bellflower root (doraji):

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