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Doljaban Muchim – Seasoned Seaweed

by Che-Cheh on November 19, 2012 7,734 views

in Korean


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.

Seasoned Seaweed-Doljaban Muchim

Doljaban Muchim (Seasoned Seaweed).

Doljaban or Gimjaban

Sometimes the name is different like this one I bought called 돌파래자반 (dolparaejaban) but it’s the same thing.

Doljaban or Gimjaban

This is how coarse seaweed look like.

Doljaban or Gimjaban

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 Spring Onions and Garlic

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? ;)

Seasoned Seaweed-Doljaban Muchim

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!

Seasoned Seaweed-Doljaban Muchim

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

Method:
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.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Alice November 23, 2012 at 9:53 am

My son and I love seaweed to bits, this is definitely a good recipe for us!

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Che-Cheh November 23, 2012 at 11:57 am

Hi Alice,

Do ask your son to join you when you make this. It’s so easy and I bet he’ll love the ‘shredding seaweed to bits and pieces’ process. :)

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yohana wu December 24, 2012 at 5:47 pm

When I eat in Korean restaurant, usually i was served with crispier version of this seaweed. Do you know how to make that too?

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Che-Cheh December 25, 2012 at 11:39 am

Hi Yohana, yeah I know. I’m trying to find the recipe too. Will share if I found it. :)

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