Seasoned Seaweed (돌자반 무침/김자반 무침) or doljaban muchim/gimjaban muchim is a type of banchan (side dish) in Korean cuisine. This dish uses a type of seaweed called doljaban or gimjaban which is the coarse type seaweed. I was captivated by the size of doljaban because they come in big packs and how it would taste like which lead me to making and trying out this side dish.
Sometimes the name is different like this one I bought called 돌파래자반 (dolparaejaban) but it’s the same thing.
This is how coarse seaweed look like.
It took me quite awhile to tear all the 100g seaweed needed for this recipe. Place ‘em in a large bowl. Make sure to tear them into small pieces as large pieces is quite difficult to chew.
Chopped garlic and spring onions. Add ‘em together with soy sauce, water, sugar/honey and sesame oil into the same large bowl. Mix all together until moisture is absorbed. Then add in roasted sesame seeds and mix one last time. The side dish is ready! Simple eh? ;)
Truthfully I didn’t like the texture of this side dish at first because I had a hard time chewing and swallowing (must be because I didn’t tear/crush the seaweed into smaller pieces) but I like the taste. I find it to be exceptionally good when eaten with rice and doenjang jjigae. It’s like heaven!
I keep the extra in the refrigerator.
Maangchi mentioned it can be kept in the fridge for a week. I’ve tried keeping for 2 weeks and it’s still good.
Doljaban Muchim – Seasoned Seaweed
Adapted from Maangchi.com
100g doljaban (dried coarse seaweed)
3 cloves garlic (minced)
3 stalk green onions (chopped)
3 tablespoons soy sauce
1/3 cup water
1 tablespoon sugar/honey
3 tablespoons sesame oil
3 tablespoons sesame seeds
1. Mix garlic, onions, soy sauce, water, sugar/honey and sesame oil in a large bowl.
2. Tear doljaban (dried coarse seaweed) into small pieces with both hands and place in the bowl.
3. Mix well until moisture is absorbed.
4. Lastly sprinkle roasted sesame seeds and mix together.