Korean radish


Good Korean radishes are firm and the skin is a little shiny, without any scratches. The tops are pale green halfway down and fade to cream. It’s a varietal of the Daikon radish but it’s it’s shorter, fatter, and heavier, the flesh denser and the leaves a lot smoother. Peak season is late fall.

As soon as I bring a Korean radish home, I wrap it in a paper towel, put it in a plastic bag, and refrigerate it. This prevents it from drying out and becoming spongy. It will last for 2 weeks this way.

Korean radish

An example of good quality Korean radishes you should be choosingKorean radish

Korean radish for sale in Noryangjin market, Seoul

Recipes that use korean radish (mu):


  1. YeTiTiA Paris, France joined 2/21 & has 5 comments

    Maangchi ! I’d like to grow up my own korean radishes. Travelling ones are often bruised…
    Do you know where I can find seeds ? I live in France, maybe you have some friends or fans here in Paris who could help me ?

  2. 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.

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08 & has 12,047 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.

  3. 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…

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

    I have written an extensive post on mu. Please check it out here:

  5. 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:
    Radish leaves
    garlic (lots and lots)
    One onion
    green onion

    It was delicious!!

    I will make kaktugi tomorrow.

  6. 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?

  7. 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:

  8. 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

  9. 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 :-)

  10. Maangchi New York City joined 8/08 & has 12,047 comments

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

  11. 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


  12. Maangchi New York City joined 8/08 & has 12,047 comments

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

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

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

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