Kukmulmang 국물망

A basic Korean broth is made with dried anchovies and kelp, and is used to flavor many iconic Korean dishes (like sundubu-jjigae, for example). These little tea strainers are useful for keeping the anchovies together while you boil the umami out of them, so they don’t break up into the broth, which make it bitter.


These strainers are pretty cheap and can be found at most Korean grocery stores and some tea stores.




  1. Kandracar Mesa, Arizona joined 1/15
    Posted May 18th, 2015 at 3:56 pm | # |

    I need help!!!
    HI maangchi, i bought my strainer in a korean grocery store but in the package said that contains chemicals known to the state of California to cause cancer, what do i do?

    • sanne Munich joined 8/14
      Posted May 19th, 2015 at 1:05 am | # |

      Hi Kandracar,

      Get rid of the plastic wrapping and/or stickers and clean your metal strainer thoroughly…

      Bye, Sanne.

  2. ces_arg2012 mexico joined 1/13
    Posted January 20th, 2013 at 6:06 pm | # |

    where I can get in mexico city! I know there are some markets Koreans could get thank you very much

  3. ViperineV United Kingdom joined 3/12
    Posted March 18th, 2012 at 11:18 am | # |

    Hi maangchi! I was wondering if this tea strainer is big enough? ->

    How big is yours diameter wise? I just cannot seem to find anything bigger that is not really expensive (at least 10 pounds and above). The one I bought was 5cm in diameter and way too small.

    I love watching your videos and when I saw the tea strainer, I thought “I absolutely HAVE to get one of those!”

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted March 18th, 2012 at 12:25 pm | # |

      It’s sold at a Korean grocery store. It should be big enough to put dried anchovies inside comfortably. Dried anchovies are about 7-8 cm (3-31/2 inches long).

  4. EMIE
    Posted August 11th, 2009 at 5:13 pm | # |

    Hey maangchi. I was looking up your strainer and i found that it is called a tea infuser. I just wanted to let the other viewer know this as well. I love your cooking show and your food. Maangchi Fighting!!

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted August 12th, 2009 at 9:10 am | # |

      tea infuser! Thank you very much! We use it to make anchovy stock instead of tea! : )

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