Mung Bean v.s Soy bean Sprouts

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    Hello Maangchi Nation,

    Can anyone tell me if these two sprouts can be used interchangeably? I have purchase a couple of Korean cookbooks and their is nothing specifying when to use a specific sprout. For example bean sprout soup. Mung bean sprouts are more available from my vendor. And also soy sauce, do need a specific soy sauce.



    There is a big difference between soy bean sprouts and mung bean sprouts. Though mung bean sprouts are used in some side dishes in Korea, the soy bean sprout is used more. Chinese recipes use mung beans more frequently. The taste is significantly different. Kong is the name for soy beans, sukju is the name for mung beans. When looking at recipes this might help if there is a translation. When making kong namul soup soy bean sprouts are used.

    In western cooking you would not consider tomatoes and peppers to be interchangable, although they are both in the nightshade family. So no, they are not interchangable.

    Kikkoman soy sauce is a good alternative if you cannot get a Korean soy sauce. I would never get La Choy, or similar brands – don’t even know if they are actually chinese, but they do not have the kind of flavor you want for Korean foods.

    Have you tried the Lotte Market in Ellicott City? They should have everything you need, and they aren’t that far from your location.

    Good Luck!



    Thanks, this is good information. My problem is a vendor that will deliver to the facility. I can’t carry foods that require refrigeration in my personal vehicle. We are still working on finding a vendor. Yes, i’m familiar with HMart and Lotte Supermarket. I have been there several times.

    Thanks again



    I buy low sodium Yamasa soy sauce from the Korean market. It tastes much better than kikkoman. Yamasa has a much richer, full bodied flavor that is missing in kikkoman and other sauces that I have tried. If you can find Yamasa at the korean market, then give it a try. I can’t use any other soy sauce becuase I notice the lack of flavor in all other sauces.

    The low sodium yamasa sauce is delicious! My grandson who is only three will drink the whole dipping bowl of yamasa low sodium soy sauce, so we have to put only a few drops into his dipping bowl!

    Yamasa Less Salt 45 Soy Sauce

    Yamasa Less Salt 45 soy sauce is naturally brewed using the exclusive Yamasa desalting method. Yamasa Less Salt 45 has the same flavor and taste as our regular soy sauce with 45% less salt; the perfect alternative for those interested in reducing sodium intake.

    Soy bean sprouts have a nice nutty flavour. Mung bean sprouts don’t taste as nice as soy bean sprouts.



    Thank you Geogia,

    I have to go pick up some items from HMart today. I will inquire about this brand.

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