Korean radish

Mu

Good Korean radishes are firm and the skin is a little shiny, without any scratches. The top should be a little green. The photo below is a is a good example of quality Korean radishes you should be choosing.

Korean radish

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Korean radish is a varietal of the Daikon radish but it’s very different than the Daikon you might find in the store. It’s shorter, stouter, and has a pale green shade halfway down from the top. The flesh is denser than a Daikon and the leaves are a lot smoother. Be careful not to buy a Daikon by mistake!

Korean radish

Korean radish for sale in Noryangjin market, Seoul

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Recipes that use korean radish (mu):

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35 Comments:

  1. Ann and Adam PNW joined 2/15 & has 1 comment

    Hi Maangchi!
    I love you site and have recommended your recipes to several of my friends. I went to Korea this past summer and ate something that I would love to learn how to make, especially as the weather gets warmer. We had chicken and beer on the Han river and it came with a little container of Mu that was in a cold sweet/slightly vinegar broth. It was so refreshing. Do you know how to make this? It seems like it might be super easy, but I want it to taste as yummy as I had in Korea. :)

    Thank you, and I love your new Soondubujjigae recipe.
    Ann

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08 & has 11,418 comments

      Hi Ann,
      Thank you for sharing the story about your Korean trip! Having chicken and beer on the Han river sounds fantastic! : ) The radish pickle is very easy to make. Dice a radish into small pieces and marinate with sweet, salty, and sour brine made with water, salt, vinegar, and sugar. It’ll be in my upcoming cookbook soon.

  2. ina78 Jerteh, Terengganu, Malaysia joined 4/09 & has 45 comments

    hello Maangchi,

    how is the taste? is it a litle bitter…? coz here we dont have korean radish or daikon, but we do have white radish, but it taste a litle bit bitter…

  3. tastingkorea CA joined 7/11 & has 3 comments

    I have written an extensive post on mu. Please check it out here:
    http://tastingkorea.blogspot.com/2011/10/mu-is-not-daikon.html

  4. Sylvia joined 9/08 & has 78 comments

    Just harvested Korean radish from my garden, too cold at night to leave them in the garden.

    I used the recipes for baechu doenjang and Doenjang jjigae and made soup/stew from the radish leaves.
    This is what I put in my soup/stew:
    Deonjang
    Radish leaves
    tofu
    anchovy
    garlic (lots and lots)
    potato
    One onion
    green onion

    It was delicious!!

    I will make kaktugi tomorrow.

  5. syamii joined 11/10 & has 1 comment

    hello maangchi, is it ok if i change the asian radish that you are using to make black bean noodle to the daikon radish?if not any suggestion?

  6. Isabela Portugal joined 10/10 & has 2 comments

    Hello Maangchi!

    I’m from Portugal and the radishes sold here are slightly different, you think there are any problems in using them to make kimchi?

    A photo:
    http://www.loja.jardicentro.pt/images/horticolas/jardicentro_sementes_rabanete_cherry_belle.jpg

  7. Asmaroc& has 1 comment

    HI manngchi
    i’m from morocco i’m a new visitor of your set web i love the korean cooking and i want to know by what i can replace radish to make kimchi because radish doesn’t exist in morocco

  8. john billing& has 1 comment

    dear maangchi
    in england i can only get limited oriental products but as well as keen cook i am also gardener – do you know if i can get seeds of various korean vegetables/herbs to grow here?
    there is always the language problem too!
    john :-)

  9. Maangchi New York City joined 8/08 & has 11,418 comments

    James,
    oh, ok. I know what you mean. recipe request!
    I will post it someday. Thank you!

  10. James& has 1 comment

    Hi,

    I am trying to find the recipe of korean radish with vinegar, but i cannot find it in your website.

    You know what I mean? it is a cold dish, that we can see with kimchi at restaurant.

    thanks in advance

    james

  11. Maangchi New York City joined 8/08 & has 11,418 comments

    Tetyana,
    radish soup is really popular soup. It’s very easy to make as you see in the recipe. I love minarimuchim too.

    Victoria,
    ok, chulmyun (쫄면)! It’s included in the list of my upcoming video recipes. Thank you!

  12. Victoria& has 1 comment

    I would love to see a recipe for chul-myun!

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