Many of my readers ask me about Korean diet food. They think that Koreans are slim and they wonder what kind of low calorie foods Koreans eat daily. So today I will introduce one of them to you. I will show you how to make a delicious side using acorn jelly. This acorn jelly dish is one of those Korean diet foods, although people will eat this even if they are not dieting. Acorn jelly is a perfect ingredient for healthy, light, and delicious salads with lots of vegetables and a tasty sauce. Depending on your tastes, you can use other vegetables for your acorn jelly salad. Try it someday.
Yield: 2 Servings
Short Korean Lesson
- SangWhang (상황) = Situation
- GyeongHeom (경험) = Experience
- 1½ lb Acorn Jelly
- 2 Cups Green Leaf Lettuce (3 oz)
- 1 Cup Crown Daisy (1.5 oz)
- 1 Cup Cucumber
- ½ Cup Onion
- ½ Cup Carrot
- ¼ Cup Hot Pepper (Green and Red)
- Some Sesame Seeds (for Garnish)
- 3 Tbsp Soy Sauce
- 1 Tbsp Water
- 1 Tbsp Sugar
- 1 Tbsp Hot Pepper Powder
- 1 Tbsp Sesame Seeds
- 1 Tbsp Garlic, Minced
- 1 Tbsp Green Onion, Minced
- 2 tsp Sesame Oil
- ½ tsp Vinegar
- 1 tsp Sempio YonDu (Optional)
Mix all the ingredients for the sauce in a small bowl: 3 Tbsp soy sauce, 1 Tbsp water, 1 Tbsp sugar, 1 Tbsp hot pepper powder, 1 Tbsp sesame seeds, 1 Tbsp minced garlic, 1 Tbsp minced green onion, Minced, 2 tsp sesame oil, ½ tsp vinegar, and 1 tsp Sempio YonDu (optional). Cover it with some plastic wrap and chill it in the refrigerator.
If you buy a acorn jelly from a grocery store, obtain about 1½ pounds of it. If you can not buy it, you can also make it at home with acorn jelly powder. Please check my other recipe to see how to make acorn jelly.
Divide the acorn jelly piece into 1½ thick strips.
Cut each strip into ½ inch thick slices. If you have a wavy vegetable slicer, use it to get a fun shape. I used about 1½ pounds (30 pieces) of acorn jelly for this recipe.
Pour half of the sauce you chilled onto the acorn jelly. Mix it gently and set it aside while you are preparing the vegetable ingredients. This will give the acorn jelly some flavor from the sauce.
Obtain 2 cups worth of green leaf lettuce, 1 cup worth of crown daisy, 1 cup worth of cucumber, ½ cup worth of onion, ½ cup worth of carrot, and ¼ cup worth of both red and green hot peppers. Wash all the vegetable ingredients.
Cut the lettuce and crown daisy into bite-sized pieces. You can either use a knife or your hand. Cut the cucumber diagonally. Slice the onion, carrot, and hot peppers thinly.
Add all the chopped vegetables in a large mixing bowl.
Pour the rest of the sauce to the vegetables and toss them gently.
Add the seasoned acorn jelly to the vegetables and mix them gently. Since both the acorn jelly and vegetables are fragile, it is important to mix them gently.
Sprinkle some extra sesame seeds on top before serving.
It tastes best fresh, so only mix the needed amount of sauce and other ingredients. You can serve it as a side for a meal, but you can also eat it by itself as a diet meal with less sauce. Please check out my post about how to make acorn jelly at home. Enjoy!