Seasoned Bean Sprouts (Kong Namul)

Time 20 minutes
Yields Serves 8 to 10
Seasoned Bean Sprouts (Kong Namul)
(Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)

Wash the bean sprouts in cold water, removing any empty husks. Place them in a pot and add the water. Do not fill the pot. Cover, bring to a boil and cook about 5 minutes. (Do not lift the lid). Combine the sprouts, onions, garlic, sesame seeds, oil, salt and red chile flakes in a bowl. Serve warm or chilled.

“Namul” describes a certain group of greens, herbs, sprouts and vegetables. It is also used to describe a certain banchan made from these plants. Usually the vegetables are sauteed or steamed and mixed with a sesame oil-and garlic-based seasoning. Salt is often used in place of soy sauce to preserve the natural color of the vegetable. Korean chile flakes can be found at Korean markets.

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