Whenever the season changes, I always love to see the fresh, new ingredients available at the farmers’ market and the Korean grocery store. I love to cook with these ingredients, and I love to eat them, but I’m sometimes not sure if I should use them in my recipe videos, because they might be unfamiliar to a lot of people.

Today’s recipe uses garlic scapes, called maneuljjong in Korean, which are well known and popular in Korea, and I found out they are becoming more popular in the West as well. That’s good news because they are so fresh and delicious, and when they are in season in May and June they are perfectly fresh and tender.

This recipe is for maneuljjong-bokkeum (마늘쫑볶음), stir fried garlic scapes, which is how I usually prepare my garlic scapes. It’s sweet, chewy, crispy, and salty, and when garlic scapes are stir fried like this with a bit of mulyeot they take on a wonderful texture, which is kind of soft and jelly-like but still crispy. It’s hard to describe! Can you imagine?

I hope you like the recipe, and I’m posting this now because garlic scapes are in season right now and it’s the perfect time to make this side dish. Run out now and get some, and let me know how your maneuljjong-bokkeum turns out!


Serves 4


  1. Cut off the buds of the garlic scrapes and put them in a bowl. Cut the stems into 2 inch long bite size pieces. Wash and drain the buds and the stems separately.garlic scapes
  2. Heat up a skillet with the cooking oil. Stir-fry the buds for 1 minute over medium high heat and then add the stems.
  3. Stir for about 8 to 10 minutes until the color of the scapes change from fresh green to olive green and look a little withered. Taste a sample to see if they’re well cooked. garlic scapes
  4. Add the soy sauce and lower the heat to medium. Stir for a few minutes. Add the rice syrup and keep stirring for another 3 to 5 minutes until shiny, wrinkly, and well cooked.maneuljjong-bokkeum
  5. Remove from the heat and mix with the sesame oil. Transfer it to a serving plate and sprinkle with sesame seeds and silgochu if you use it. Serve as a side dish for rice. It can be stored in the refrigerator up to 1 week.maneuljjong-bokkeum

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  1. Iamjhec Philippines joined 11/16 & has 5 comments

    Hi Maangchi!

    Ever since I watch this video I knew that it tastes good. And I can just imagine the taste so I have been hunting garlic scapes for about 6 months. I am not very familiar with garlic scapes except that I usually see them in Korean Grocery stores and are already packed but they seem to be pickled on stir fried. Today, After eating in my favorite korean chicken restaurant, I went to a Korean Grocey store near it and to my surprise I saw some Maneuljjong! I felt so happy and saw that although mine were thinner compared to the ones that you used still they are MANEULJJONG! I bought the biggest bunch available and went home to cook them, I wasnt worried because I have all of the ingredients at home, (well except for the sillhae gochu ) I followed your recipe and viola! Here is my maneuljjong bokkeum! And yes! It tastes GREAT! Thanks Maangchi! Love yah!

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  2. RosalinaS Indonesia joined 2/16 & has 8 comments


    I mentioned you at the lastest post of my blog as I was discussing about my homemade napa cabbage kimchi result.


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