Bean sprout side dish – kongnamool muchim

bean sprouts

A simple yet delicious side dish of blanched beansprouts seasoned with sesame and garlic.

Beansprouts are one of my yobo’s favourite vegetables.  In his opinion, any dish is made better with beansprouts.  So when I made this big batch of seasoned sprouts, thinking they would last a meal or two, I shouldn’t have been surprised when 2 lbs of sprouts were polished off!

I have yet to convince the kids of their deliciousness.  I’ve tried to sneak sprouts into ramens or chowmeins where I think they can easily be disguised and camouflaged by the noodles.  But alas, the most discerning of the children spots the sprouts a mile away and carefully tries to pick each one out. The least observant yet with the most acute taste-buds child, fishes them out of his mouth half chewed and hands them to me with a smile.

So as it goes with most foods, if the kids don’t eat it with reasonable well, it doesn’t get made very often.  Nobody likes a fight on their hand, especially if they have been working hard at making a yummy dinner. On the whole the kids are fabulous big eaters and are not too picky about food.  But I am keen on introducing them to a wide variety of flavours, so I will continue to try and entice them to eat their sprouts. Don’t let the kids reservations about them scare you, give this recipe a try.

In the meantime, my yobo and I will enjoy them… the whole bucket of them!

Bean sprout side dish

Bean sprout side dish


  • 300g bean sprouts
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 green onion chopped fine
  • 1.5 tbsp soy sauce
  • ½ tbsp sesame oil
  • ½ tbsp toasted sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp gochu garu - red pepper flakes


  1. Blanche the bean sprouts in a pot of boiling water for 1-2 mins
  2. Drain the water and place in a bowl
  3. Add green onion, soy sauce, sesame oil, sesame seeds and pepper flakes
  4. Mix well
  5. Enjoy
  6. It can be stored in the fridge for a few days... assuming there is any left over!

*This is a fabulous addition to bibimbap and a great side dish with bulgogi.