Radish salad

Musaengchae 무생채

Musaengchae is one of the easiest and most common Korean side dishes.

A good quality Korean radish is firm, and the taste is juicy, sweet, and crunchy! Choosing a good radish is very important to make good musaengchae.

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How can you know if it’s firm and juicy? The outer skin should look smooth and shiny, and not have any scratches. The best way to tell is to cut the radish in half crosswise to check inside. If the inside flesh looks like a sponge, don’t use it. It won’t be tasty at all, and the texture will be like a sponge. But do you think any store owner will let you cut their radishes ? : )

Korean radish

If you need make this salad for a lot of people, use the whole radish. If you’re going make a small amount, use the green part only, because it’s sweeter than the white part.

Ingredients

Korean radish (or daikon), salt, vinegar, hot pepper flakes, sugar, garlic, green onion, sesame seeds.

Directions

  1. Peel a radish and cut it into thin matchsticks.
  2. Put 3-3½ cups of radish matchsticks into a large bowl.
  3. Add 1 tbs kosher salt and mix it by hand. Set aside for 5 minutes.
  4. Squeeze out any excess water from the radish strips.
  5. Add 2 cloves of minced garlic, 1 stalk of chopped green onion, 1 tbs vinegar, 2 ts hot pepper flakes, and 2 ts sugar.
  6. Mix together by hand until well combined.
  7. Add 1 ts roasted sesame seeds and mix it up a bit more.

Transfer it to a serving plate and serve  it with rice.

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69 Comments:

  1. Omsin Salamanca, Spain joined 7/16 & has 7 comments

    I’m in love with this salad! It has such a refreshing taste. They don’t sell Korean radish here in Spain where I live and the daikon radishes at the Asian grocery store didn’t look fresh, so I made it with the ones that are commonly seen in Spanish supermarket. The result was great! Crunchy and slightly sweet. Your recipes never disappoint. Thanks a lot. Un beso.


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    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08 & has 11,619 comments

      Yes, you made awesome mu-saengchae even though Korean radish is not available in your area. I feel your passion for delicious dish! It looks juicy and crispy.
      You have no problem with finding Korean hot pepper flakes (gochu-garu) there?
      There is a list of several Korean grocery stores in Madrid and Barcelona submitted by my readers. https://www.maangchi.com/shopping/spain
      Good luck with your Korean cooking!

      • Omsin Salamanca, Spain joined 7/16 & has 7 comments

        Thanks a lot! Fortunately, they sell gochu-garu at an Asian grocery store here in my city. Actually, I see more and more korean products every time I visit the store. So, let’s cross the fingers and hope they keep bringing more Korean stuff!

        Thanks again for the great recipes <3

  2. WhiteGardenia Canada joined 1/16 & has 1 comment

    Hi ! ! ! Maangchi It’s me , I tried your ” Radish Salad ” um is so yummy Thanks . . . by the way I have question regarding your Salad if there is left over how long can I keep it in fridge ?

  3. AdamB usa joined 12/14 & has 15 comments

    Hi Maangchi! Just last week I was served this delicious salad as a side with bulgogi at a small stall in my local Korean restaurant. I am so happy to find your recipe here. Thank you! You make it all so easy.

  4. fetosoap United States joined 7/12 & has 4 comments

    I had a large Korean radish to use with plenty left over from my other dish, so I made this recipe hoping that I’d like it, and guess what? My boyfriend and I loved it! I dont like it when it’s served at restaurants, but it’s going to be a staple around here. Thanks for sharing this great recipe!

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08 & has 11,619 comments

      “guess what? My boyfriend and I loved it!” wonderful! You can make bibimbap with radish salad. Mix some with rice, hot pepper paste, and sesame oil! : )

  5. mimipotato Canada joined 9/13 & has 1 comment

    Dear Maangchi,

    You are my teacher in Korean food. I have tried several of your recipes like easy kimchi, pork bone soup and it was very successful. My husband loves all Korean dishes from your recipes. My cooking was horrible before I found your site. After I got married, I needa learn how to cook. One day I tried to cook some dishes but My husband and I needa order takeaway instead at the end.

    Today, I tried to make this Radish salad (approx. 6 cups of radish matchsticks with 2 tablespoon of salt). Basically, I just double the ingredients of your recipe. However, my raddish salad was super salty…( I didn’t use Kosher Salt as yours but normal table salt instead) I have no idea why my salad became so salty……Please kindly advise!!!!
    With Million Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08 & has 11,619 comments

      I’m very happy to hear that you have been learning Korean dishes from my recipes! : )
      Use less salt or more radish when you make your radish salad. I will update the recipe with the weight of the radish soon.

    • stonefly Olympia WA joined 11/11 & has 48 comments

      Kosher salt is coarser than regular table salt, by about a 2:3 ratio. If using table salt, just use about 2/3 the amount of Kosher salt, or about 2 t for Maangchi’s recipe. That should do the trick.

      I also rinse the radish and spin dry it quickly, too quickly for it to reabsorb any water.
      Good Cooking!

  6. Amberemichael Kennesaw, GA joined 5/13 & has 1 comment

    Maangchi,
    I love your videos and recipes. I grew up eating Korean with my best friend of 20 yrs family. Her mother always saved bulgogi veggie pancakes in the fridge and would always sneak them and eat them cold. Now that I’ve found you site I am always cooking Korean for my family of 6, and they love it. What kind of vinegar do you use here?
    Amber

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08 & has 11,619 comments

      Amber, yes yes, I’m so happy to hear that you have confidence in Korean cooking! My favorite vinegar used to be apple vinegar but these days I like white vinegar, too.

  7. phuong joined 3/11 & has 8 comments

    Hi Maangchi,

    I need your help. When my husband was in Korea, he ate a salad that has cabbage, kidney beans, corn, and mayo dressing. He really liked it and asked me to recreate it. Unfortunately, my attempt was unsuccessful. Do you happen to know what that salad is and how to make it?
    Thank you so so much.

  8. Peedee San luis obispo, CA joined 5/10 & has 5 comments

    Hi Maangchi, I think I’m going to use rice vinegar or mirin. Have you ever tried it with that? Also, There is a cucumber salad dish I really love that my mom used to make. Is it kind of like this recipe, but can I swap out for cucumbers instead?

  9. konatarei13 California joined 11/11 & has 1 comment

    I’m so glad this was on your front page. My mom just bought daikon radishes and wanted me to make this for her and I came to your site and it was like fate. You had put it on the front page. (^-^) I can’t wait to make it for her. I’ve already made the oisobagi which tasted awesome. Keep up the good work. Love your receipies! ❤

  10. Lida Dallas joined 8/11 & has 1 comment

    Hi, thank you for nice recipes on this site. Just cooked Musaengchae and really liked it!

  11. Woodongsong Oklahoma joined 1/11 & has 2 comments

    this looks really tasty
    my sister took me to korean garden for my birthday and we order some food and had 4 side dishes they were really good and i realized that the kimichi, tofu, radish, and veggie all had garlic in it
    do most sidedish have garlic in it?

  12. HappyRadish Sydney joined 7/11 & has 1 comment

    Hello Maangchi! Thanks so much for your recipes; I love them.
    I uploaded a pic of my Musangchae! 8D
    Hope you’ll look at it hahaha

    Thankyouuuuuu~

  13. Cheeryvisage New York City joined 1/11 & has 7 comments

    Hi Maangchi, may I ask what vinegar you used to make this? Thanks!

  14. genuineyes joined 9/10 & has 3 comments

    Hey Maangchi,

    Can I just leave the sugar out and then it would be like a kimchi? Let me know, ya? Thanks for your vids!

    Love,
    Geneys :o)

  15. CCtea joined 1/11 & has 2 comments

    This seasoning is also delicious on
    – shredded papaya -green or regular- (just as sweet and crunchy)
    – green mango(add tbs fish sauce and/or sugar and you’ve got sweet, sour, spicy flavour combination)
    * I absolutely love it with apples!

    Don’t cringe. None of these taste as strange as they sound :)

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