Eggplant sidedish

Gaji-namul 가지나물

Gaji-namul is a simple, delicious, everyday Korean side dish, meant to be eaten with other side dishes and rice.

It’s one of my favorites. I love the fresh taste, soft texture, and the beautiful vibrant purple color of the dish on the table. It’s refreshing and goes well with oilier items to offset their texture and taste. I never get tired of it!

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If you are a vegetarian, replace the fish sauce with soy sauce.

Ingredients

(serves 4):

  • 1 pound of Korean eggplants (3-4 eggplants), caps removed and washed
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce
  • 1 teaspoon hot pepper flakes
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds, crushed
    Korean eggplants (gaji: 가지)

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Directions

  1. Prep your steamer by adding 2 cups of water to it. Set heat to medium-high for it to boil, it shoud take about 5 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, cut eggplants crosswise into 2½ inch pieces. Cut the thicker pieces in half lengthwise.
  3. When the water starts boiling, put the eggplants on the steamer rack and cover. Steam for 5 minutes over medium high heat.
  4. Remove from the heat. Take out the steamed eggplant and transfer to a cutting board. Let cool for 5 to 10 minutes until you can easily handle them.
    steamed_eggplant (gaji-namul: 가지나물)
    steamed_eggplant (gaji-namul: 가지나물)
  5. Tear each piece into bite size pieces.

Make seasoning mixture:

  1. Combine garlic, green onion, soy sauce, fish sauce, hot pepper flakes, sesame oil in a mixing bowl.
  2. Mix well with a wooden spoon.
    steamed_eggplant (gaji-namul: 가지나물)

Put it together & serve:

  1. Add the steamed eggplant to the bowl and mix well by hand or with the wooden spoon.
  2. Sprinkle with the crushed sesame seeds and serve with rice.
    steamed_eggplant (gaji-namul: 가지나물)
    steamed_eggplant (gaji-namul: 가지나물)

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140 Comments:

  1. purplegdr brooklyn joined 1/17
    Posted January 5th, 2017 at 2:46 pm | # |

    Hello! I am steaming baby bok choi now… what about using the same marinade and make “bok choi side dish”? :)

  2. Credmiston WA joined 7/16
    Posted July 21st, 2016 at 3:34 pm | # |

    Yum! Just made this and was dancing up and down waiting for the rice cooker to finish! Ate a huge bowl of rice and half the recipe as lunch. Happily full, mouth slightly burning just a warm slow burn from the pepper flakes, slight hum of sesame wafting around. Delicious!

  3. WhattheNorris North Carolina joined 5/16
    Posted May 20th, 2016 at 6:47 pm | # |

    Maangchi this is your first recipe I’ve made! I love your youtube channel and all of your videos and your personality! Thank you for all your wonderful recipes! I will buy your book soon!! I think I over-cooked my eggplant a little, but this still came out so tasty! Even my boyfriend liked it!


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