Spicy Eomuk Bokkeum – Classic Lunchbox BanchanSpicy Eomuk Bokkeum is a classic Korean banchan.
You’ll see it served in ready-made dosirak boxes and in school cafeterias.
In fact, I remember eating it often during my military service in Korea as well.
That’s because this banchan is simple-to-make - fishcake tastes good by itself anyway.
Just stir-fry it up, add some sauce and finish with a drizzle of sweetness!
Today, I’ll show you the right balance of sauces to take it from a homestyle recipe to that bold, restaurant-esque flavor!For the base flavor, we’ll start with soy sauce & few dabs of oyster sauce.
The oyster sauce builds depth to the salty base of soy sauce.
Then we’ll add a touch of spicy with the Korean gochugaru flakes.
And finish off with a note of sweetness.
You get salty, umami, spicy and sweetness in one bite.
That’s why it’s called a “rice-thief” in Korea (밥도둑)
The best thing about this banchan is that it keeps well (can store in refrigerator for up to 5 days).
Plus, the banchan tastes good cold – no need to reheat!
For a mini meal, fry up an egg on the side - and serve it with the stir-fried eomuk, along with a bowl of hot rice.
(Note: If you can’t do spicy, try the original-style eomuk banchan)
Cooking tips for Spicy Eomuk Banchan
There are a variety of eomuk products sold at the Korean Supermarket (comes in various shapes and sizes)
We’ll use 6 rectangular sheets of eomuk (~300g).
(Note: If the package you buy contains slightly more – like 8 sheets – just use all of it up at once).
Don’t forget to add that drizzle of honey at the end - it harmonizes all the different flavors.
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- 6 Sheets of Eomuk (Korean Fishcake) (300 grams)
- ½ Onion
Stir-Fry Spicy Sauce
- 3 Tablespoons Soy Sauce
- 2 Tablespoons Oyster Sauce
- 1 Tablespoon Gochugaru Flakes
- 1 teaspoon (!) Minced Garlic
- 1.5 Tablespoons Honey (or Oligodang Syrup)
- Few shakes of Sesame Seeds
- Sprinkle of Sliced Green Onions (optional)
- Cut 6 sheets of Eomuk into long strips (~300g). Then cut the long strips in half to get bite-sized rectangle pieces.
- Slice ½ a whole Onion into thin strips.
- Bring a pot of water up to boil. Place the eomuk pieces into a strainer and blanche them for a quick 10 seconds. (This step is to remove the oil from the eomuk).
- Remove the eomuk pieces and shake off the excess water.
- Place a good amount of vegetable oil into your frying pan (~3 Tablespoons).
- Once the oil is hot, place-in the onion slices and blanched eomuk pieces.
- Stir-fry it around until the onion slices begins to sweat.
- Now add in Soy Sauce (3 Tablespoons). Stir-fry it around for 10 seconds.
- Then, add in Oyster Sauce (2 Tablespoons). Stir-fry it around for 10 seconds.
- Then reduce the heat to a LOW - there's already enough heat in the pan.
- Now, add in the Gochugaru Flakes (1 Tablespoon).
- Along with Minced Garlic (1 teaspoon!)
- Followed by Honey (1.5 Tablespoons).
- Stir-fry everything for a final 20-30 seconds.
- Turn off the heat. Garnish with a few shakes of Sesame Seeds and Green Onion Slices (optional).
- Eat it with a bowl of hot rice!