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Kongnamul Bap or Korean Beansprouts Rice ~ 콩나물밥

Friday, March 25, 2011 | Labels: , , |

This popular homestyle Korean rice dish is like a simpler cousin of the famous bibimbap.  Unlike bibimbap which is typically prepared with a variety of vegetables and meat, kongnamul bap only requires rice and beansprouts.  The rice is cooked together with the beansprouts and then served with a spicy sauce of sesame seeds, gochugaru (Korean chilli powder), red chilli peppers and sliced green onions.  This dish of course lends itself to a variety of interpretations where you can add minced beef, chicken or whatever you fancy.  This humble yet extremely tasty dish is something that a lot of Korean families whip up when there is nothing much left in the refrigerator.  This simple rice dish provides crunchy textures with the beansprouts and toasted sesame seeds and the refreshing and spicy sauce provides just the right amount of flavour while being easy on the palate, altogether a very satisfying dish.

kongnamul bap

I do hope that you will give this a try, I know that when cooking different cuisine, the list of 'exotic' ingredients may seem daunting so I think this is a great beginner's Korean dish as most of the ingredients are easily found in regular grocery stores with the exception of gochugaru perhaps.  A little pinch of this spicy powder goes a long way so if you buy a small packet it will be more than enough for you to try out many Korean dishes.  Gochugaru is also used in other popular broths like maeuntang and kimchi chigae.  Preparation of this dish is also relatively simpler and shorter compared to many Korean dishes that use a large variety of vegetables so although not difficult, does require a fair amount of slicing and chopping.
kongnamul bap

Recipe adapted from Book of Japanese and Korean Cooking


1 cup short-grain rice
2 cups of mung bean sprouts or soya bean sprouts
1 clove garlic, crushed and roughly sliced
1 tbsp sesame oil
1 tsp light soy sauce
Pinch of salt


1 tbsp sliced green onions
1 clove garlic, crushed and roughly chopped
2 tsps grated ginger together with the juice
3 tbsps light soy sauce
1/2 tsps gochugaru (more if you want it spicier)
2 tbsps toasted sesame seeds
1 tsp sugar or to taste
Handful of lightly boiled enoki mushrooms (optional)
1 large red chilli pepper, seeded and sliced

kongnamul bap


1.  Soak the rice for 30 minutes.  Drain and rinse well until water runs clear.  This is to remove excess starch.

2.  Boil about 3 cups of water with a pinch of salt in a medium-sized pot.  Once boiling, add in the rinsed beansprouts and boil for about 2 minutes.  (3 minutes if you are using soya bean sprouts which are larger).  Remove the beansprouts and set aside in a separate bowl.  Reserve the cooking liquid for the rice.

3.  Add in the soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic and a small pinch of salt into the beansprouts and mix well.  Set aside.

4.  Place the soaked rice in the same pot earlier.  Add in the reserved cooking liquid until it covers the rice by about 1 cm.  Bring to a boil and boil on high for 5 minutes.  Add in the marinated beansprouts and boil on low heat for another 10 minutes until water is evaporated.  The rice should be cooked at this point, if still hard for some reason, add a tiny bit of water and continue boiling.

5.  Now, prepare the sauce by mixing the ingredients above together in a separate dish.  Do a taste test and add of the above ingredients to your taste.

6.  Spoon the cooked beansprout rice into individual serving bowls and spoon a generous amount of sauce on top.  Allow your guests to mix it up themselves and provide more sauce at the table just in case.


Min {Honest Vanilla} said...

I just had this for dinner last night in a healthy Korean restaurant! Served with brown rice. But I think yours look so much better! :P

Hyundai Sonata said...

hoo! very tempting..make me hungry! =(

Tastes of Home (Jen) said...

ooh brown rice will be healthier :D Thanks Min!

Tastes of Home (Jen) said...


Cooking Gallery said...

This is new to me...! But I generally like Korean food so I am sure I would love this one too!!

beyondkimchee said...

Oooh, that looks so delish! You did a great job.
I was a guest guest blogger for Rasa Malaysia and bean sprout rice was the recipe I posted. I added some beef to make whole meal.

I like the addition of the enoki mushrooms. Delicious, yum!

pigpigscorner said...

I've never had this before, always bibimbap =P Looks really good!

Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets said...

Mmm this looks fabulous! I just love how refreshing Korean food is. Bean sprouts are one of my fav veggies but the bf hates them -- oh well more for moi!

Tastes of Home (Jen) said...

yes! some dishes that I cook, I have to eat on my own coz no one else likes it hehe

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