Shiitake and Saebal Namul (세발나물) Side

Upon opening last week’s WWOOF CSA box and seeing the saebal namul, I admit I was stumped. It was only until my husband recalled trying cold, spicy side dishes of the thin, string-like greens at teacher dinners, that I too remembered I had actually eaten the vegetable.  Without a high tolerance for spicy foods, I turned to a new favorite in my house – abalone sauce. This recipe will make a side dish for two or a simple meal for one, served atop brown rice.

Ingredients

1 cup saebal namul

10 shiitake mushrooms, stems discarded, thinly sliced

2-3 garlic cloves, minced

1 tablespoon oil

1 tablespoon abalone sauce

1 teaspoon white or black sesame seeds

2-3 small green onions, finely chopped

Method

Heat the oil in a pan over medium heat. Add the minced garlic and cook for 30 seconds, or until fragrant. Add the mushrooms and stir for a moment. Add a few tablespoons of water to the pan and continue stir-frying the mushrooms. Continue cooking (adding a bit more water if necessary), until they are tender and slightly browned, about 5 minutes.

Add the abalone sauce and stir until the mushrooms are just coated.

Add the saebal namul and onions to the pan and stir-fry for another 30 seconds. Serve immediately, with a sprinkle of sesame seeds.

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About continuethislabor

Hi I'm Tera. I'm interested in how flavors work together and how we can work together to be responsible Earth citizens. Currently I teach English in S. Korea with my husband, but someday we will own a small organic farm. There, we will grow vegetables, raise chickens and goats, and play Catan in our little cottage while drinking good coffee.

3 comments

  1. This looks delicious! I’ve never cooked with abalone sauce, but it looks like it’s about time to start! :D

    My husband and I seem to have similar life desires as you wrote in your bio… chickens, goats, homegrown goodies, really long (but fun) board games, and of course traveling. So cool to find a like-minded couple!

  2. Jin Sean

    Hi. What is 세발나물 in English or scientific name? I’d like to find out where I can buy it outside of Korea.

  3. Hi Jin Sean, I’ve never seen saebal outside of Korea, and I cannot find a name for it (other than the transliteration). I’d recommend checking to see if your local Korean market carries it. I believe some have had luck there. Best wishes!

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