Korean Garlic Chives Salad (Buchu Muchim)

by Asian Recipes At Home

This Korean garlic chives salad (buchu muchim) is spicy, slightly tangy, healthy, and is incredibly easy to make. 

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This Korean garlic chives salad (buchu muchim) is spicy, healthy, & is incredibly easy to make.

Garlic chives (buchu)

The specific chive we are using in this recipe is allium tuberosum. There are many other names this chive species goes by such as garlic chives, Oriental garlic, Asian chives, Chinese chives, or Chinese leek. They are a perennial plant and are very easy to grow in many parts of the United States. They are cold-hardy for USDA Zones 4-10

 

In Korea, this particular chive is known as buchu (부추) and is widely used in Korean cuisine. You will find these garlic chives being used in kimchi, dumplings (mandu), can be eaten fresh (namul), or in savory pancakes (pajeon) just to name a few.


Key features and tips

Garlic chives have more of a mild garlic flavor than a chive flavor. This garlic chives salad is very light and is a great simple raw side dish option. 

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We tend to like things more on the spicy side. You can add in more or less Korean red chili pepper powder (gochugaru) to your desired spice level. The brined shrimp and fish sauce give this salad a complex and delicious umami flavor. We recommend using the brined shrimp if possible. However, if you absolutely cannot get your hands on any, then feel free to use an extra ½ teaspoon of fish sauce. 

 

Garlic chives (buchu) can typically be found in your local Asian grocery market. You may also be able to find these chives at your farmers’ market or a well-stocked grocery store. My mom grows these chives in her garden, so she always has some on hand during the growing season. They’re so easy to grow yourself too! Here is a link to some seeds we found online


This Korean garlic chives salad (buchu muchim) is spicy, healthy, & is incredibly easy to make.

Ingredients needed

  • 2 cups garlic chives (buchu), chopped, 1” length

For the sauce:

 

How to Make Korean Chive Salad (Buchu Muchim)

  1. Clean the garlic chives well with water to remove any debris or dirt, and drain. Cut into 1” length pieces. Place in a medium-sized bowl and set aside.
  2. Mix all ingredients for the sauce together in a small bowl. 
  3. Add the sauce to the bowl with the fresh garlic chives and mix together well. Enjoy! 

This Korean garlic chives salad (buchu muchim) is spicy, healthy, & is incredibly easy to make.

Serving suggestions

This Korean Chive Salad (buchu muchim) is delicious served as a side dish (banchan). You could also eat this with just a simple bowl of fresh rice. If you’re trying to stay low-carb, you could have this chive salad with a protein of your choice. Yum! We typically eat this with a variety of other side dishes, soup, and rice. 

We hope you enjoy our Korean Chive Salad (buchu muchim) recipe!

 

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This Korean garlic chives salad (buchu muchim) is spicy, healthy, & is incredibly easy to make.

Korean Garlic Chives Salad (Buchu Muchim)

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This Korean garlic chives salad (buchu muchim) is spicy, healthy, & is incredibly easy to make. In Korea, this type of garlic chive is known as buchu (부추).

Ingredients

  • 2 cups garlic chives (buchu), chopped, 1” length

For the sauce:

Instructions

  1. Clean the garlic chives well with water to remove any debris or dirt, and drain. Cut into 1” length pieces. Place in a medium-sized bowl and set aside.
  2. Mix all ingredients for the sauce together in a small bowl. 
  3. Add the sauce to the bowl with the fresh garlic chives and mix together well. Enjoy!



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