Pickled radish

Chicken-mu 치킨무

If you’ve ever ordered Korean fried chicken at a restaurant before, you might have been served this pickled radish, called chicken-mu. Tiny cold radish cubes, pickled in sweet, sour, and just a little salty brine is very refreshing when paired with super crispy Korean fried or roasted chicken.

The recipe is so simple and easy, which is one reason I didn’t make a video about it, until now! But I’ve been asked about it so many times I decided to make a video for my lovely readers. I remember one time in Toronto, and another time in Los Angeles, people recognized me and right after saying hello, they asked for this recipe. I told them it was easy and explained how to make it, but they preferred a video instead of my live explanation!

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Ingredients

  • 1 pound peeled Korean radish, cut into 1/3 inch cubes
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • ⅓ cup plus 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • ¾ cup water

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Directions:
Combine sugar, vinegar, salt, and water in a large bowl and mix well until salt and sugar are well dissolved.
Add the radish and stir a few times and transfer to an airtight container or a glass jar. Keep in the refrigerator at least 2 hours before serving.
Refrigerate up to 2 weeks.

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22 Comments:

  1. Lee_Mei Russia joined 6/19 & has 2 comments

    Hi Maangchi! I wanna try to make this recipe, but I’m kinda confused about the volume of the cups you use for making the brine. Could you please share the volume of your standard cup in millilitres or some other way so it would be easier to understand the exact volume? Thank you in advance!

    • Lee_Mei Russia joined 6/19 & has 2 comments

      Opps, I didn’t see the you have a special converter for this! Thank you for your work, your recipes are perfect for those who live outside korea and really miss the Korean food ^^

  2. AlexanderKim Boston, MA, USA joined 4/18 & has 5 comments

    this recipe is also great for mu-ssam! So good with samgyupsal! For the water in the recipe, I used the leftover water after boiling beets, and got this great color!


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  3. sanne Munich joined 8/14 & has 200 comments

    Made it again yesterday for my husband’s birthday party.

    I reduced the amount of sugar to 2/3, cut the (unpeeled) radish into very thin slices via machine and also used only half the amount of water. Still a bit too sweet for my taste, but delicious nonetheless! Everybody loved it.

    It goes very well with mackerel, too. Thank you for your video how to gut them. They were rather small this time, but fresh as usual (Turkish supermarket at the corner).
    Three males and two females this time. Only one was left after the party…

  4. 00Marx Southern Mexico joined 2/19 & has 1 comment

    Mangchi, I just wanted to mention for those who can’t find Diakon or Korean radishes that you can substitute Jicama. I live in Southern Mexico and it is difficult to find radishes here and finding Diakon or Korean radishes is impossible. I was recently in Seoul for 6 weeks and ate a lot of Korean Fried Chicken and a lot of Chicken Mu with it, and realized it had the same texture and crunch as Mexican Jicama. So when I returned to Mexico I made some Korean fried chicken from one of your recipes for my friends and I pickled jicama to go with it. It worked perfectly and holds its crunch for weeks after. Anyway thanks for your recipes and you have taught me how to cook and appreciate Korean foods. :)

  5. shelizar69 Oklahoma (but Texan born and raised) joined 9/18 & has 2 comments

    Thank you so much for this! I have never had this from the Korean restaurant we go to. (There is only one good one, and it’s over an hour to drive to get there!) Their food is delicious though and I fell in love with their kkakdugi, especially. Since discovering your videos though, I just make it at home, along with so many of your recipes.
    I’m going to take some Dakgangjeong to a Christmas party and was going to take my kkakdugi until I saw this recipe! I did it just a little different, though, I hope you approve! I cut my radish into strips, then added a little carrot and some green onion for extra flavor and beautiful holiday colors! What do you think?

    Thanks again for your website and videos! My husband and I have never eaten better. Home cooking is so much more delicious!


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  6. Priscilla0704 Minnesota, USA joined 5/18 & has 1 comment

    I used taikon, and it’s really bitter to the taste, what was wrong?

  7. Prettynana Hong Kong joined 3/18 & has 1 comment

    Reduced salt to 1 teaspoon and used cane sugar instead. Very crunchy and delicious.


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  8. kimchiaddict joined 4/15 & has 9 comments

    These pickles are so delicious! I’m already into my third batch, and I tried once with daikon, but Korean radishes are so much crispier I’ll stick with Mu! I ran out of white sugar for my last batch, so I made it with dark brown sugar, and the color is not too appetizing, but the taste is even more heavenly! Thanks again for all these wonderful recipes!

  9. EvilGrin joined 6/15 & has 33 comments

    I make mine a bit differently but the flavor is close.

    Weep the radish in salt and sugar. Then stain it with turmeric. Give it a quick rinse and cover with the brine.


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  10. Tikachu Pittsburgh, PA joined 2/18 & has 1 comment

    I have never seen Korean radishes at our local Asian market. I was wondering if daikon woukd work as well.

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08 & has 11,675 comments

      Yes, you can use it.

    • kimchiaddict joined 4/15 & has 9 comments

      These pickles are so delicious! I’m already into my third batch, and I tried once with daikon, but Korean radishes are so much crispier I’ll stick with Mu! I ran out of white sugar for my last batch, so I made it with dark brown sugar, and the color is not too appetizing, but the taste is even more heavenly! Thanks again for all these wonderful recipes!

  11. vivien.owl singapore joined 2/18 & has 1 comment

    Hi,

    you mention 1/3 cup sugar.. but from the video.. it is 1 cup. can you please explain?

  12. brandycoke Jakarta joined 2/18 & has 2 comments

    Hi! Love your recipes and cookbook! I’ve always wanted learn how to make the radish kimchi that is served at Seollungtang restaurants too, love that taste! Would you also have a recipe to share for that?

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08 & has 11,675 comments

      My seolleongtang recipe is here! https://www.maangchi.com/recipe/seolleongtang

      • brandycoke Jakarta joined 2/18 & has 2 comments

        Hi Maangchi! Yes!! I’ve tried this recipe previously and loved it, but i cannot recreate the type of special radish kimchi that is served in Seollungtang restaurants, it taste different from the normal radish kimchi. I can’t really describe it but but it’s a little sweeter, tangy and just goes sooo well with Seollungtang as compared to normal radish cube kimchi … Was wondering if there was a special recipe for that or does it have to do with the fermentation time …?

        • flamethr Seoul, Korea joined 2/18 & has 1 comment

          I googled with korean for special recipe. The secret recipe for Seollungtang kimchi is adding a ‘Yakult drink’. It will add that sweetness and tangy taste. I hope it helped you.

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