Rice syrup

Ssalyeot 쌀엿

Rice syrup (Ssalyeot) is used in Korean cuisine as a sweetener and to add shine to the dish, much like mulyeot. In fact, most Koreans simply call it “mulyeot” when they really mean ssalyeot.


The main difference between the two is that ssalyeot is a nice brown color, unlike mulyeot, which is clear.

rice syrup

rice syrup


Recipes that use rice syrup (ssalyeot):



  1. syalatte malaysia joined 7/16
    Posted July 3rd, 2016 at 10:34 pm | # |

    maangchi, if i kudnt get the rice syrup, will it destroy the good taste or is there any other way to replace dat rice syrup? i attend to try the crispy and crunchy fried chicken

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted July 7th, 2016 at 9:15 am | # |

      To make crispy and crunchy fried chicken you can replace the rice syrup with sugar or honey. Good luck!

  2. miss R joined 4/15
    Posted April 28th, 2015 at 3:32 am | # |

    hai Maangchi,..i want to make hot pepper paste and is it ok if im using maple syrup beside rice syrup?..because ican’t find it here in malaysia..

  3. khahn22 MA joined 7/12
    Posted July 23rd, 2012 at 4:19 pm | # |

    In the bottom picture there’s something called Rice Oligosaccharide. I got this by accident. Can I use it in this recipe? What is it, do you know?

    Also, I bought regular rice flour instead of sweet rice flour (that’s what I get for not bringing the recipe with me to the store)… Will that work?

    Thx so much for this recipe… It looks delicious!

  4. Rayne Canada/Korea joined 7/11
    Posted February 3rd, 2012 at 7:01 pm | # |

    What is a substitute for rice syrup? I can’t find it anywhere and I can’t seem to google a substitute…

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted February 5th, 2012 at 9:51 am | # |

      You can use any type of syrup. Haw about Karo or corn syrup?

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