Hi Everyone! Today, I will make one of my favorite Korean side dishes using garlic stems. It is stir-fried garlic stems, called maneuljjong bbokkeum (마늘쫑 볶음) in Korean. Mild garlic flavor from the garlic stems with a sweet and savory flavor makes a great side-dish. The soft and chewy texture makes it even better. Try this delicious dish when you have access to garlic stems in the oriental grocery store.
Yield: 1 Quart
Short Korean Lesson
- MaNeul (마늘) = Garlic
- Pa (파) = Green Onion
- 4 Cups Garlic Stems (½ lb)
- 2 Tbsp Cooking Oil
- 3 Tbsp Soy Sauce
- 3 Tbsp Corn Syrup
- 3 Tbsp Water
- 1 tsp Sesame Seeds (Garnish)
Obtain about 4 cups of garlic stems. Wash them well and then cut them into about 2-inch pieces.
Add 2 Tbsp of cooking oil and the garlic stems in a heated pan.
Fry for 5 minutes on medium.
Add 3 Tbsp of soy sauce, 3 Tbsp of corn syrup, and 3 Tbsp of water in the pan. You can substitute the corn syrup with sugar. Adjust the sweetness depending on what you use.
Cook covered for 15 minutes on medium.
Then remove the lid and cook for another 5 minutes on medium-high, or until the sauce thickens.
Turn off the heat and then sprinkle 1 tsp of sesame seeds on top.
Now you have a delicious garlic stem side.
My husband, son, and I love this side dish. Store this in the refrigerator after making it. Serve with rice and other Korean side dishes. Enjoy!