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Korean Marinated Eggplant - Gaji Namul 가지나물 (Banchan)

Saturday, December 18, 2010 | Labels: , , , |

Recipe from Maangchi

Whenever I sit down to a meal at a Korean restaurant, I am always delighted at the array of colourful and delicious banchan (side dishes) served.  Today's feature is one of my favourite banchan, a delightfully simple marinated eggplant dish or otherwise known as gaji namulNamul refers to vegetables that have simply been marinated usually with some soy, sesame oil and minced garlic.  I was thinking on what I should make with the remaining eggplants I had leftover from my spicy Sichuan eggplant  and this easy plus quick banchan came to mind.

Korean Gaji Namul Recipe

Eggplant is first steamed, then torn by hand and marinated in soy, some minced garlic, green onions, gochugaru (chilli pepper powder), sesame oil and sprinkled with some fragrant sesame seeds for added texture.  I hope you will give this a try since it is so easy and if you are a fan of eggplant, you will almost certainly love this everyday Korean dish.  Serve as part of a Korean meal or simply as a vegetarian dish on its' own with steamed rice.

Korean Gaji Namul Recipe


1 Chinese eggplant, cut lengthwise
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 stalked sliced green onion/ scallion
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 tsp sesame oil
1/2 tsp gochugaru
1 tsp toasted sesame seeds

Korean Gaji Namul Recipe


Steam the eggplant slices over rapidly boiling water until soft about 10 minutes.  Remove from heat and once cool enough to handle, tear up the eggplant slices by hand.  Place in a bowl.  Add the seasonings above and the sesame seeds as well.  Mix well with your hands.  That's it!

Korean Gaji Namul Recipe


Janet said...

Hi there, can I use American eggplant for this dish? thanks.

Three-Cookies said...

I really like all your recipes. This eggplant recipe looks really simple and delicious. I also tried your frnech butter cookies and lemon cookies - five stars:)

Jen (Tastes of Home) said...

Janet, I'm not sure but I think it should be fine although I've never tried using American eggplants before for my Asian cooking.

Three-Cookies - thanks for your kind words! If you blogged about those cookies that you tried, I would love to get the links so that I can post them on my facebook page or photos if you took any :)

Anonymous said...

Easy and delicious got me!


Ellie (Almost Bourdain) said...

I am loving all your recipes! This is such a good flavours dish.

Cooking Gallery said...

I have never tried this Korean side-dish, but the recipe sounds great :)!

Food For Tots said...

I had seen quite a similar recipe from a cookbook but never know that it's a Korean inspired recipe. I love the addition of chilli pepper powder to have the extra "kick". So yum!

TasteHongKong said...

Your do have it presented as a lovely side dish.
And yes, I have always enjoyed a similar dish which is served on its own.

Three-Cookies said...

Here is the link to my blog talking about the lemonade cookies:

The photo is not the best but next time I will make sure to take a more pretty picture:) These cookies are so delicious there will be a next time:)

Jen (Tastes of Home) said...

K - thanks!

Ellie - thank you! :)

CG - hope you'll try it someday :D thanks

LK - thanks, it seems that this is an everyday easy banchan :D

THK - thanks :D

Three Cookies - thanks for the link :D I'm going to post it on my FB fan page. As long as you liked the cookies! doesn't matter about the photo :)

tigerfish said...

I did a simple eggplant dish with miso dressing recently and love it. this must be good too!

Marc @ NoRecipes said...

Looks delicious! I could eat a big bowl of steaming rice with panchan like this:-)

Etiennerjones said...

trying to cut down my consumption of meat by only eating meat once a a wk. recipies like these make it easy to do.lighter on me wallet and better for my body 

Tastes of Home (Jen) said...

great that you like it!

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