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!”



  • 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



  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)



  1. John in Baton Rouge Baton Rouge Louisiana joined 12/16
    Posted March 11th, 2017 at 11:48 am | # |

    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!

  2. Ddell Philippines joined 6/17
    Posted June 1st, 2017 at 7:40 am | # |

    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
    Posted May 18th, 2017 at 1:12 am | # |

    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
    Posted May 8th, 2017 at 4:29 pm | # |


    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. Mwcho123 Houston joined 1/17
    Posted January 18th, 2017 at 6:39 pm | # |

    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
      Posted January 19th, 2017 at 11:47 am | # |

      “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!

  6. SleepyPanda San Francisco, California joined 9/16
    Posted September 24th, 2016 at 6:04 pm | # |

    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 San Francisco, California joined 9/16
      Posted September 24th, 2016 at 6:08 pm | # |

      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

  7. kopciuszek uk joined 2/16
    Posted February 20th, 2016 at 1:51 pm | # |

    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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  8. divinekitten joined 10/15
    Posted October 13th, 2015 at 3:29 am | # |

    Made this today as a side dish to the Bulgogi and Ssamjang I made today using your recipes and they turned out awesome!

    I love your recipes as they are all very tasty. Thanks so much for sharing your recipes!

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted October 16th, 2015 at 12:11 pm | # |

      Great news! Happy cooking!

  9. Sara Alice joined 7/15
    Posted August 18th, 2015 at 2:46 am | # |

    I made it and it came out really good, I will definitely make it again. TASTY!!!

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    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted August 18th, 2015 at 8:13 pm | # |

      Yeah, I make this side dish very often. Delicious and healthy!

  10. yeyewynes Singapore joined 3/14
    Posted August 9th, 2015 at 9:57 am | # |

    I tried this tonight and its so easy to do and very delicious … and my family loved it! Thank you maangchi for sharing this recipes and more power! Will try the Eggplant sidedish
    Gaji-namul 가지나물 next! More power!

  11. pattified joined 3/15
    Posted March 19th, 2015 at 8:56 pm | # |

    i sooo love this and my friend we’re avid fans of korean cooking nd of Maangchi!…i will absolutely use this recipe again! thanks maangchi!

  12. gullahgirl2004 Pennsylvania joined 10/11
    Posted February 21st, 2015 at 9:05 pm | # |

    Dear Maangchi,
    I made your receipe for the bok choy seasoned with soybean paste. I was soooo gooood!!! Then I made the soft tofu stew all I can say is THANK YOU!!!! *SMOOCHES*
    I am ashamed to say that my Husband and I had it for lunch while our kids were at school….hehehe our little secret!!

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted February 22nd, 2015 at 12:31 pm | # |

      Thank you for sharing the cute story! You can make it again for your children. :)

  13. uyanga308 Ulaanbaatar joined 1/15
    Posted January 18th, 2015 at 8:15 am | # |

    Hello i really like your recipes. I just google for korean recipes and the one i always like is yours. I want to open a blog in Mongolian to share my cooking and my experience with a baby. Can i translate your recipes and share it with people who do not know english? Everytime i get a recipe from you i will leave your link just in case they want to see the video

  14. kmom Los Angeles joined 1/15
    Posted January 17th, 2015 at 3:24 am | # |

    Thank you for this recipe. Even my son who claims to hate vegetables loved it and asked for seconds.

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted January 20th, 2015 at 10:08 am | # |

      I’m happy to hear that your son loved it!

  15. Elana0 Brooklyn NY joined 1/15
    Posted January 15th, 2015 at 3:52 pm | # |

    Maangchi I made this recipe but I used miso paste instead of doenjang. Do you think the taste is very different from yours made with doenjang?

    Also, I squeezed out a lot of water but when I was eating this bok choy, a lot of water comes out when I chew it. Is that normal or should I have squeezed more water out?


    (here are my photos of this recipe:

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted January 15th, 2015 at 5:12 pm | # |

      ” a lot of water comes out..” Yes, it’s very normal.

  16. Luckychinowow New Jersey joined 1/15
    Posted January 9th, 2015 at 2:59 pm | # |

    I love this recipe, as a vegetarian it brought flavor to the meal and paired well with rice. I used baby bok choy as I couldn’t find the big version. It was still very good and I made this twice! Thanks so much maangchi!

  17. Romaxfer Arizona joined 1/15
    Posted January 7th, 2015 at 9:57 pm | # |

    I tried this recipe and it was delicious. However, how long is it good for in the fridge?

    • Winny The Netherlands joined 2/15
      Posted February 8th, 2015 at 7:42 pm | # |

      You can refrigerate it up to 2 days.

  18. jaylivg Houston joined 7/10
    Posted January 3rd, 2015 at 10:45 am | # |

    I love bok choy , the sauce looks so yummy !! I supposed if i used napa cabbage , i have to go through the same method ? just blanch it and squeeze like bok choy ? My family loves bok choy , and i usually just sauteed the bok choy with garlic and onion , i think this is a great alternative in serving bok choy . Thanks Maangchi !

  19. stonefly Olympia WA joined 11/11
    Posted January 2nd, 2015 at 11:04 pm | # |

    Oh my goodness, this is good! It is amazing: complex flavors, great texture. Wow – a home run and touchdown in one. Great recipe, Maangchi!

  20. Rose88 Canada joined 12/14
    Posted December 30th, 2014 at 12:19 am | # |

    Hi, where did your mom buy that rice cooker? I want one

  21. Kumar Canada joined 10/14
    Posted December 29th, 2014 at 5:00 pm | # |

    this one looks easy. I will try it :)

  22. cs.gonzalez Chicago joined 12/14
    Posted December 20th, 2014 at 8:23 pm | # |

    안녕하세요 마앙치!
    I love trying out your recipes :) Today I made a whole meal with 청경채 된장무침, 육개장, 파전, and 호떡 for dessert. Everything was really delicious!

    감사합니다 :)


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