Korean BBQ Party: Kong Namul (Seasoned Bean Sprouts)

I took a Korean cooking class a few weeks ago, and they sent us home with a packet of all of the recipes that we made that day. Dino and I decided to have some friends over for dinner tonight, and I thought it would be a great time to recreate a few of the dishes from that day. This is one of the sides (banchan) that we made that day. It's a really simple and flavorful way to prepare bean sprouts.

Kong Namul (Seasoned Bean Sprouts)
Institute of Culinary Education
Adapted from The Korean Table - Taekyung Chung and Debra Samuels

Yield: Makes 2 cups

In this namul soybean sprouts are steamed until almost all the water is evaporated, creating a tangle of crunch sprouts. Soybean sprouts - the traditional choice for this namul - must be cooked thoroughly before eating. If you are using mung bean sprouts, steamint for 2 minutes is plenty of time. It is important to dress them while warm for maximum absorption of the seasonings.

1 teaspoon salt
3/4 pound soybean or mung bean sprouts
1/4 cup minced green onion
1 tablespoon crushed roasted sesame seeds
1 tablespoon dark sesame oil

1. In a medium saucepan with a lid, combine 1/2 cup water, 1/2 teaspoon of the salt and the soy bean sprouts. Bring to a boil. Reduce to low heat, cover, and steam the sprouts for 8 to 10 minutes (or 2 minutes for mung bean sprouts).

2. Drain the sprouts and transfer to a serving bowl.

3. Mix the sprouts with the green onion, the remaining 1/2 teaspoon of salt, the crushed roasted sesame seeds and sesame oil.

This will keep for 2 days in the refrigerator.

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