Friday, August 17, 2007

Crunchy and Spicy Soybean Sprout Salad

This is a Korean salad dish – soybean sprout salad or Kongnamool Moochim. Just remember not to blanch the soybean sprout for too long to retain its crunchiness. Usually, the normal practice is to rinse the blanched vegetable with cold water to avoid been overcooked. To conserve resource, just reduce the cooking time and omit rinsing with cold water. As to how to mix the salad with hand, just watch any Korean Drama Series, quite often you can see a scene or two how it is been done.

Preparation: 10 mins, Cooking time: 5 mins

Ingredients (serves 2)
° 150g-200g soybean sprout, trimmed
° 500ml water
° 1 teaspoon sesame oil
° 1 teaspoon roasted sesame seeds
° ½ teaspoon apple cider vinegar
° Korean chilli powder or dried red chilli flake, or coarse chilli, to taste
° salt to taste
° sugar to taste (optional)

1. Blanch the soybean sprout in a pot of boiling water for 30-60 seconds. Drain well and set aside to cool for 5 minutes.
2. Place soybean sprout in a salad bowl. Stir in the sesame oil, sesame seeds, vinegar, chill powder or dried chilli flake or coarse chilli, salt and sugar.
3. Use your hand to mix well and serve.

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