Seasoned acorn jelly

Dotorimuk-muchim 도토리묵무침

Hi everybody!

Dotori … dotori … dotorimuk-muchim recipe is here! : )


Dotorimuk is made from acorns. Some people in Korea still make homemade dotorimuk from scratch, using acorns that they gathered or picked  from the mountain. The traditional way to make acorn jelly is to shell, dry, and powder the acorns, then mix them with water to remove the bitter and astringent taste. The starch will sink to the bottom, so the next day you should discard the bitter water on top and pour new water in. This is repeated for many days until  the starch is not bitter anymore. Then you make porridge with this starch mixture.

Can you make your own dotorimuk from scratch? I’d like to try it, but I’m afraid that when gathering the acorns in the mountain that squirrels will give me a dirty look. : )

It’s a lot of effort to make acorn jelly powder from scratch, but luckily the powder can be found easily at any Korean grocery store, and the quality is usually just the same.

My mungbean jelly recipe is very popular, so I think this dotorimuk-muchim recipe will also be popular. All the people who came to my recent Meetup event and tasted my dotorimuk-muchim will love it. They ate every last piece!

I use only ½ cup powder in this recipe but I used 5 cups of the powder to serve more than 50 people who came to the meetup. It was a huge amount of acorn porridge to make! If you have a big party and are looking for an appetizer recipe, I think dotorimuk-muchim is a great choice because you can make the jelly and the yangnyeomjang (sauce) in advance and demonstrate your mixing in front of people at the party just as I did in my video.

I have a funny story about dotorimuk. When I lived in Korea, my friend  had a German guest who was a food scientist. She invited him to her house for dinner. She made a bunch of different Korean dishes to impress him. One of the dishes was dotorimuk-muchim. A few days after she had the guest, she called me and said: “The German guest said I should add some chocolate to the dotorimuk I made!”  : )

We laughed together but it also made sense because this person had never tasted dotorimuk in his life, so he might have expected it to taste sweet because it looks like creamy chocolate. I may get the same question from some of my readers now. My answer is: “Go ahead and make your favorite dessert with dotorimuk powder!”

Some of my readers have surprised me by using apples, Nutella, and peanut butter as filling for hotteok. They said it turned out so delicious. If the food turns out delicious, then it means your experiment was a success, don’t you think so? : )


For dotorimuk


For the seasoning sauce

For the vegetables, you can use

chopped vegetables


  1. In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients for dotorimuk. Stir with a wooden spoon and strain to remove any lumps. Pour the mixture into a thick bottomed pot and stir over medium heat about 7-8 minutes until it bubbles.

  2. Lower the heat and stir another 5 minutes.
  3. Pour the mixture into a rectangular glass container and let it cool down.
  4. Put it into the fridge for about 4-7 hours until it’s solid.
  5. Create the seasoning sauce by combining soy sauce, sugar or honey, hot pepper flakes, garlic, and sesame oil in a mixing bowl. Set aside.yangnyeomjang
  6. Take the acorn jelly out of the fridge. Turn the glass container upside down over your cutting board so the solidified jelly slides out in one piece. Cut into bite sized pieces 2 inch x 1 inch and ¼ inch thick.
    *tip: Use a crinkle cutter to make a nice wavy pattern on each piece of jelly
  7. Put all the vegetables in a large bowl. Mix with the seasoning sauce by hand.
  8. Add the dotorimuk and gently mix it all together.
  9. Transfer to a serving plate. Sprinkle sesame seeds over top and serve.




  1. BrianOTheWorld Santa Fe, NM joined 6/17
    Posted June 24th, 2017 at 12:27 pm | # |

    Once the jelly is made, can it be frozen? Only 2 of us and I made too much. Yummy recipe. Many thanks. Brian

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted July 1st, 2017 at 11:00 am | # |

      No, it has to be kept in the fridge. As time goes by it might get hard, and water might come out. Then you can blanch it in hot water and it will get soft and shiny again. You can keep it in the fridge up to one week.

  2. liquidfir singapore joined 1/12
    Posted April 19th, 2013 at 3:02 am | # |

    Hi. I made this today but my jelly is not chewy and too soft. Any idea what went wrong?

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted April 19th, 2013 at 6:57 am | # |

      Add more jelly powder. You have to follow exact ratio in the recipe. Good luck!

  3. seo young taiwan joined 2/13
    Posted February 21st, 2013 at 9:27 am | # |

    Hi Maangchi!

    Thank you so much for this recipe! I used to enjoy this dish in Korea and had no idea how to make it. I tasted an other version, acorn jelly in cold soup, very refreshing! Could you explain how to make the soup?
    By the way, you say in your recipe to add 1/2 cup of acorn jelly powder but you seem to add 1 cup in the video.. Did I miss something?

    Thank you again for this wonderful recipe! :)

  4. kfishing United States joined 9/12
    Posted January 9th, 2013 at 4:39 pm | # |

    I am going to make this tonight to go with my Bibimbap. I Bought the jelly already made fresh at my local store. I was wondering how long it will stay good for? If I keep it in the Fridge how many days is it good?

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted January 10th, 2013 at 3:24 am | # |

      You can keep it in the refrigerator up to 4-6 days.

  5. arenchan philippines joined 6/12
    Posted June 21st, 2012 at 2:01 am | # |

    hi maangchi, good day! is it possible to cook again the dotori mixture? , at my first attemp i kept it in fridge overnight and the dotori mixture didnt formed well, it is still mushy, i was so excited making this dish. thank u , i love to try all your recipe

  6. Souavarat Houston, Texas joined 9/10
    Posted June 18th, 2012 at 5:24 pm | # |

    Looks so very delicious and interesting. I have never seen this type of food before. I would love to try it.

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted June 20th, 2012 at 9:56 am | # |

      I’m impress by your open mind about trying to new food.

  7. BxlSprouts Brussels, Belgium joined 5/10
    Posted June 18th, 2012 at 4:54 am | # |

    I didn’t know it was a diet food–it’s great when summer food is low in calories. My local Korean-Japanese store looks like it closed :( but I’ll keep looking for acorn flour at the local Chinese-Asian shop. Thanks!

  8. mina denmark joined 7/09
    Posted June 17th, 2012 at 6:54 am | # |

    ohhh! dotorimuk is my absolute favourite! just as my mom; i can eat it anytime and whenever we go out to a korean restaurant, we have to beg for 2 more dishes of muk. (:

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted June 20th, 2012 at 10:01 am | # |

      When I met you, I knew right away that we had simliar taste in food! : )

  9. hadleyt Gaithersburg Maryland joined 6/12
    Posted June 12th, 2012 at 10:08 am | # |

    Hi Maangchi how are you, I am trying to make your fried chicken, I can’t find rice syrup in either giant or Safeway do you think Hmart has them is a Korean grocery store in Gaithersburg Maryland. Thanks the video of the chicken looks so good. Do you do any glutton free food or business with anyone? My sister is eating glutton free and selling a lot of product for glutton free. Maybe you can give her hints or share with her glutton free ideas? My email is in profile thanks. I am also Chinese :)

  10. chef Benedict Manila, Philippines joined 11/11
    Posted June 12th, 2012 at 2:51 am | # |

    wow korean jelly salad really appreciating… and is that acorn jelly right?

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