Mung bean sprout and cucumber side dish

Sukju-oi-namul 숙주오이나물

This video was made for YouTube’s NextUp program. They asked me to make something that explains my background, my goals, and what I expect to learn from the YouTube Creator’s camp. It’s supposed to be short and reflect my interests and personality, so I chose a simple and delicious mungbean sprout side dish recipe called sukjunamul.

I learned this recipe from my mom. I called her this morning in California to get some of the background behind it, or to get any interesting story relating to the dish.

I said: “Mom, my next video recipe is sukjunamul. Where did you learn this recipe? Do you have any story relating to sukjunamul?”

My  mom replied: “Oh~, sukjunamul! When I go to a Korean buffet with my friends, I always make bibimbap with sukjujanmul, mushrooms… oh such delicious and healthy food!”

I listened to her story about her buffet choice and with whom she went, but I still didn’t get the answer!

“Mom, mom… that’s not my question! Where did you learn the recipe? Do you remember?”

My mother laughed, and said: “Oh, ho ho, ho! I don’t remember. All over Korea?”

My mom is so cute when she gets older. After hanging up the phone, I felt a little guilty for being rude. I should have been more patient and I should be nicer to her.

I always make my sukjunamul  this way. It’s a simple and easy recipe, and delicious! Just as my mom said, when it’s mixed with a few more vegetables, rice, hot pepper paste, and toasted sesame oil, it’s even more delicious!


(for 2-4 servings):
Mung bean sprouts, kosher salt, garlic, green onion, cucumber, sesame seeds, and toasted sesame oil


  1. Wash and drain 12 oz (340 grams: about 3½ cups’ worth) of mung bean sprouts in cold water a couple of times until they’re clean. Pick out any brownish rotten beans.
  2. Put them in a pot and add ½ cup water and ¼ ts kosher salt.
  3. Cover the pot and bring to a boil over high heat for 5 mins.
  4. Rinse in cold water, strain, and set aside.
  5. Cut about 1 cup’s worth of seedless cucumbers into matchsticks and put into a bowl.
  6. Add ½ ts kosher salt to the cucumbers. Mix and set aside for a few minutes.
  7. Squeeze any excess water out of the cooked mung bean sprouts and put them into a mixing bowl.
  8. Squeeze any excess water out of the cucumber strips and add them to the sprouts in the mixing bowl.
  9. Add 1 clove of minced garlic, 1 chopped green onion, ½ ts kosher salt, 1 ts toasted sesame oil, and 1 ts sesame seeds to the mixing bowl.
  10. Mix well by hand.
  11. Transfer to a serving bowl and serve with rice.

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  1. oksipak California joined 1/11 & has 72 comments

    You know what? I’m sprouting my own Mung Beans. After researching online on how to sprout Mung Beans, it takes about 7 days. So I’ll post the photos from beginning to end dish result. This recipe just looks fantastic! Unfortunately, I have to wait about lucky 7 days. ;)

  2. Reinier Rotterdam, The Netherlands joined 2/09 & has 101 comments

    Congratulations! Soooo deserved :)

  3. leahangel Seattle, WA USA joined 9/10 & has 24 comments

    Hooray for you Emily!! I’m so excited that you get the opportunity to go to Youtube camp :D It’s going to be fun! Thanks as always for the great videos and recipes. They have truly enriched my life.

  4. Cheonyong Indonesia joined 4/11 & has 28 comments

    This is Great!
    you are the most kind korean cooks~!
    and I have no doubt about your achivement~!
    I just say…
    ahh, I am so happy to hear this…
    and about the dish…
    I will made this tonight…
    hope I didn’t did any mistake

  5. jennykoh Singapore joined 1/10 & has 27 comments

    Dear Maangchi,

    I am so happy for you.Congratulations ! I ll always support you…

  6. dori Hannover, Germany joined 1/10 & has 3 comments

    Maangchi, I am so happy for you! Your global cooking show idea is brilliant, and I am sure that all your fans (like me) really wished for you to win!
    I hope you´ll come to Germany! I´m still obsessed with kimchi, and it would be great if you would tell me your opinion of mine :) Even my boyfriend, who doesn´t like spicy food, wished for dakkangjung for his birthday today! You can win over anyone, no wonder you won the contest :D

    Congratulations!!!! :D

  7. kwonwon singapore joined 2/11 & has 8 comments

    Dear Maangchi,

    Congratulations! My school holidays are coming and I will be trying more of your recipes!

  8. vb38 joined 7/10 & has 36 comments

    Congratulations, Maangchi! U are the best and u totally deserve it!!!!! Just awesome!!!!!!!!!!

  9. JamieF New Zealand joined 1/11 & has 120 comments

    This is such wonderful news Maangchi! I am really thrilled that you won – you definitely deserve it! I hope NZ is on your list of places to visit because I would love to meet you and have you stay at my house!

  10. TeteATete joined 5/11 & has 5 comments

    Congratulation Maangchi!!! Best of luck!! :)

  11. Sylvia joined 9/08 & has 78 comments

    Your sharing goes places you don’t even know about.
    Just this morning I took a container of kongnomulguk to my Korean friend who has a cold/allergy.

  12. mokpochica Michigan joined 1/09 & has 89 comments

    I’m so happy to hear that you were chosen for NextUp. Yay! You are already having so much success with your goal of sharing Korean food with the world and teaching others that they too can make delicious homemade food. Just think of how many more people you will be able to reach now–and in what new directions this will take you! I’ve definitely experienced a shift in the way I feel about food since I began using your site. When I want to go to a restaurant I think, “I could make that at home and it would be healthier and taste better too”.

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08 & has 12,047 comments

      ” ..When I want to go to a restaurant I think, “I could make that at home and it would be healthier and taste better too”.” I totally agree with you and your post makes me so happy!

  13. powerplantop Louisiana joined 6/09 & has 70 comments

    You have put so much work into what you are doing its good to see that YT is willing to help you move to the next level.

  14. Maha Jordan joined 12/10 & has 29 comments

    Dear Maangchi:
    I’m extremely happy for you ….. you deserve all the best
    God help & bless you

  15. soko2usa Minnesota joined 4/09 & has 55 comments

    Wow wow wow! Congratulations! I’m so excited for you! And I can’t wait to see what your show will be like!

    I hope you come to Minnesota again – maybe you can meet the Korean lady who cooks Norwegian and she can teach you her potato klub!

    *jumps up and down and cheers for Maangchi!*


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