Bok choy seasoned with soybean paste

Cheonggyeongchae doenjang-muchim 청경채 된장무침

Today I’m going to show you a simple and authentic Korean side dish made with bok choy. Bok choy is easily available at many grocery stores in the USA, although in Korea I would use napa cabbage or sweet potato stems instead.

When bok choy is blanched and then seasoned with this tremendously delicious seasoning mix, it’s soft, juicy, a little cripsy, and takes on a sweet, salty, pungent doenjang flavor. Whenever I taste it, I can’t help but say: “Umm~ delicious delicious!”

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Ingredients

  • 1 pound bok choy
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 green onion, minced
  • 2 tablespoons doenjang (fermented soybean paste)
  • 2 teaspoons gochujang (hot pepper paste)
  • a pinch of sugar
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons sesame seeds

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Directions

  1. Cut off the ends of each bunch of bok choy and separate the leaves from the stalks. Cut into bite size pieces.
  2. Bring a large pot of water into a boil. Blanch the bok choy for about 1 or 2 minutes until the white stems soften.
    Bok Choy muchim (청경채무침)
  3. Strain and rinse in cold water to remove any dirt and stop them from cooking. Strain.Bok Choy muchim (청경채무침)
  4. Combine garlic, green onion, doenjang, gochujang, sugar, and sesame oil in a bowl and mix it with a wooden spoon.
  5. Squeeze out the bok choy to remove excess water and add to the bowl. Mix it well by hand.
  6. Sprinkle with crispy sesame seeds and serve immediately as a side dish for rice. You can refrigerate it up to 2 days.

seasoning mixtureBok Choy muchim (청경채무침)Bok Choy muchim (청경채무침)

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36 Comments:

  1. kenemla Los Angeles, CA joined 9/18 & has 1 comment

    Hello Maangchi, how are you…

    Well, I made your Bok Choy Doenjang Muchim and it is sooo goood and so easy, I am glad I say the video, since I was so surprised at how much water you have to squeeze from the Bok Choy… but I did and it came our perfect… I just love it!

    I can see that the ingredients lend themselves to several variations of which I will try in the future, for example: I think black bean garlic paste in addition to the bean paste would be a good variation and/or adding a raw seafood, like Tiger Shrimp or Ahi Tuna as another.

    Second, I live in Los Angeles and enjoy Korean food more as a special night out with friends, but let me ask a question about a favorite Korean dish that I am just addicted too from a Restaurant her in Los Angeles:

    Restaurant: Sun nong dan, https://www.sunnongdan.com/,
    Dish: 통마늘 양.곱창 볶음 炒大蒜,腸和牛肚 (Stir-fried Garlic + Honeycomb +Tripe),

    Is this a traditional Korean Dish or an LA Creation and have you ever eaten or prepared it? And if yes or no it does not matter, can you research it and make a video for this dish?

    In any event… I have been watching your videos for a couple months now and your presentation in your videos have completely refined my Asian food prep and cooking technique, which were pretty good, but twice the overall time for cooking the food (technique)… maybe you should do a video specifically to cooking technique.

    So Maangchi, this is my first comments to your videos and I want to tell you that I really enjoy your personal presentation as your Korean style of gentleness with respect for your viewers… no wonder your viewers have such wonderful comments to make about you!!

  2. Ddell Philippines joined 6/17 & has 1 comment

    Tried this recipe tonight. I substituted sugar to honey instead… this dish is so addicting. :) thanks maangchi for sharing this :) i love your recipes started trying to mAke every side dish you post :)

  3. Juan el cocinero Arlington Heights, IL joined 3/13 & has 1 comment

    I made this today and it was awesome! I didn’t change a thing.

    My wife can be iffy on some of the Korean recipes I make, but not this one. All gone.

    Thank you Maangchi!

  4. jaeelle California joined 5/17 & has 1 comment

    Hello~!

    Do you have the kimchi version of the bok choy recipe? Tried it recently and it was soooooo delicious. I really want to try to re-create. Going to do this one as well. Thank you!!!

  5. John in Baton Rouge Baton Rouge Louisiana joined 12/16 & has 40 comments

    I know this sounds absolutely crazy… but….

    My mom gave me a some canned green beans she got on sale because she had too much to use. I normally cannot stand canned vegetables of any kind but decided to make green bean doenjang muchim. I just drained 2 cans of green beans. I didnt cook them. I used this recipe, but with 1 TBSP rice syrup instead of the pinch of sugar. I also used more sesame oil and more toasted sesame seeds than this recipe called for because I love them…

    Talk about delicious! It reminded me of asparagus when prepared this way. I’m thinking of other things to make doenjang muchim with… Thanks Mom! And Maangchi! LOL!

  6. Mwcho123 Houston joined 1/17 & has 2 comments

    Thank you so much for another great recipe! I have married into a Korean family and I was so intimidated to try to cook Korean food because it always seemed so complicated. However, your videos and instructions have made me adventurous! My husband is so happy to see food from his childhood and my in laws can’t wait to visit to see what I have whipped up!

    I made this tonight and it was simply delicious. I had to stop myself from “tasting” the whole bowl before dinner! Yum!

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08 & has 11,532 comments

      “My husband is so happy to see food from his childhood and my in laws can’t wait to visit to see what I have whipped up!” I’m sure your in laws will be very proud of you when they taste your dishes!

  7. SleepyPanda San Francisco, California joined 9/16 & has 5 comments

    안녕하세요!
    I’ve been wanting to try this bok choy since forever. The way you make it looks so delicious. In my area, we don’t have many Korean grocery stores here. There’s maybe one or two, but there isn’t a Korean supermarket near here. Did you get the bok choy from a Korean grocery store, or did you buy it from a regular grocery store? My mom and I (I’ve been bugging her about the bok choy for weeks) went to our regular supermarket, and they had the bok choy, but it was white and green, instead of all green – like yours. Please help me! D: I really want to make your side dishes; they look so yummy! Like the 김치순두부찌개, 시금치나물, and the 청경채 된장무침. Having them altogether would be absolutely fantastic! Please give me any suggestions! Do I need to go to a Korean supermarket, or do regular grocery stores sell it? I’m dying to know! 고맙습니다!

    ~SleepyPanda

    • SleepyPanda San Francisco, California joined 9/16 & has 5 comments

      And also, I just wanted to say thank you for cooking for us. I’m not one to eat vegetables (I’m a very picky eater), but you’ve encouraged me to eat more, and I thank you for that. You’re a wonderful and magnificent cook, Maangchi, and I couldn’t ask for a better chef. <3

      감사합니다… = D
      ~SleepyPanda

  8. kopciuszek uk joined 2/16 & has 1 comment

    These are sweet purple potatoes cooked steamed, baked eel and your salad perfect fit for this dish.
    Made this today , I love your recipes as they are all very tasty. Thanks so much for sharing your recipes!Can you share the recipes for purple sweet potatoes, I love to eat them.


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