Hello everybody!

This is the last of my videos filmed during my trip to France. In my last video I showed how to clean and cook an octopus and serve it in the Korean style with a sesame oil dipping sauce. As I mentioned in that video, I have so many traditional Korean recipes using octopus to share. Today’s recipe is an easy one. Once you have the cooked octopus on hand you can make it in 10 minutes. It’s spicy braised octopus (Muneo-jorim: 문어조림), delicious and chewy, a little sweet, garlicky, salty and has a unique octopus flavor with a ton of umami. The more you chew it, the more flavor you get!

Muneo-jorim is a great side dish for drinking, and its kosher saltiness also goes well with rice. Koreans consider it to be a special, high quality addition to any dosirak, so f you make this for your loved ones, they’ll know you think they’re something!

There are two main ways of preparing muneo-jorim. One way is to braise the head and tentacles separated but intact, and then slice them into pieces before serving. If you do it this way, you can keep everything in the fridge for up to 10 days. Whenever you want some, take it out, slice and serve. The second way to prepare it is the way I show you in this video, where we slice the octopus before cooking.

When I took the train from Paris to Nice, I was hoping the cafe car would sell delicious lunchboxes. Korean trains have some really nice ones! But they didn’t have anything good. I loved the train and the scenery, and the little lamp at my table, but I really missed having some good food to enjoy it with.

Coming back the other way, I set my mind to make a nice lunchbox and enjoy it on the way back. I had lots of octopus from shooting my muneo-sukhoe video so I got the idea of making a luncbbox with muneo-jorim. I bought a lunchbox container in France, which was deeper than the Korean lunchboxes I’m used to. Ours are more shallow and suitable for adding many smaller items. I had to improvise so it would hold all 7 items nicely!

If you’re interested in recreating the lunchbox I had, here’s what it included, with recipes:

If you recreate my lunchbox, send me a photo! Yours might be more beautiful than mine! Happy cooking!


Serves 2

  • 4 ounces cooked octopus tentacles, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon hot pepper flakes (gochu-garu)
  • 1 tablespoon rice syrup (corn syrup) or sugar


  1. Heat up a pan over medium heat with the cooking oil.
  2. Stir-fry the garlic for 30 seconds.
  3. Add water, soy sauce, and hot pepper flakes. Stir it well.
  4. Add rice syrup and stir for a few minutes until it turns a little sticky and shiny.
  5. Add the octopus and let it sizzle for 7-8 minutes over low heat, stirring occasionally, until the seasoning liquid is almost evaporated.

Hobakjeon (Zucchini pancakes)

Here’s how to make the little zucchini pancakes in my video. These are great for lunchboxes because they are easy to make and stay fresh and crispy for hours until you eat them.


  • 1 medium zucchini, sliced thinly
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons flour or starch
  • 1 egg, beaten with a pinch of kosher salt
  • cooking oil for pan frying (2 or 3 tablespoons)


  1. Sprinkle the zucchini slices with ½ teaspoon kosher salt and mix well. Let it sit for for 5 minutes.
  2. Drain any moisture and coat each slice with starch or all purpose flour.
  3. Dip the slices in the beaten egg and put on a hot pan
  4. Gently pan fry the slices, but be careful not to burn them or brown them too much. Flip them often and cook over medium heat for 2 -3 minutes.
  5. When both sides of the pancake turn light golden brown, transfer it to a plate. Serve as a side dish.

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  1. Vicky Rioja joined 2/13 & has 1 comment

    Very good recipe, easy, health and tasty.
    Thank’s, Vicky

  2. Princess kila Missouri, United States joined 2/17 & has 7 comments

    I am happy for your octopus recipes, but what do I do with Head? How I cut it nicely. Hugs and loves

  3. Princess kila Missouri, United States joined 2/17 & has 7 comments

    My favorite so far. I had to double the recipe because my husband and I loved it so much

  4. aTrueRedHead Germany joined 8/14 & has 17 comments

    Hello Maangchi. I finally was able to make this recipe. This is a very quick and delicious recipe for octopus. I really enjoyed it. Thank you for sharing your great dishes with us.

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  5. Leeshea_park Perth, Australia joined 1/17 & has 1 comment

    Thank you so much maangchi for sharing all your delicious recipes! They’re a life saver. My husband is Korean and we live in Australia and I often use your recipes when i can’t get a hold of his mum to cook Korean food for him and he loves it. He always says it tastes Amazing. I’m going to keep using your recipes and will have our baby try a few once he’s older. ☺️

  6. badangel morocco joined 1/17 & has 1 comment

    maangchi loooooove all your recipes you have to try a moroccan broth based on snails is soo popular in street food and soo delicious

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  7. peonygirl portland, oregon joined 8/09 & has 51 comments

    Wow Maangchi, that lunch looks great! I imagine the other passengers wish they had such tasty food!! I really enjoy octopus. I had it in Mexico once- it was cooked with wine, butter, olive oil, garlic and spicy red pepper- delicious! And it was so tender too. I’ll have to try the Korean version!

  8. stonefly Olympia WA joined 11/11 & has 61 comments

    What a wonderful dish, Maangchi! What a beautiful lunch, too! Can you please make all my lunches??? Wow!

  9. John in Baton Rouge Baton Rouge Louisiana joined 12/16 & has 40 comments

    OMG Look how beautiful you are looking! ;-) The food was wonderful to see too… nice lunch box. I just love all the side dishes in Korean meals.

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