Korean Marinated Wild Chives (Dallae-muchim)

by Asian Recipes At Home

This Korean Marinated Wild Chives (Dallae-muchim) recipe is a delicious and super easy to make springtime vegetable side dish. Eat this seasoned wild chives with freshly steamed rice, a noodle dish or as a side dish to accompany any main protein. 

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Marinated Korean Wild Chives (Dallae-muchim)

 

In the spring, this chive (dallae) emerges with its mild onion flavor. Generally, dallae season is from early March to April. If you don’t have your own piece of property where you might find these delicious wild chives, you are sure to find them (especially when they’re in season) in your local Korean or Asian markets. If you are living in Asia, however, this spring herb is also grown in greenhouses, so you may be able to find it year-round.

 

Korean Wild Chives

The scientific name of this Korean wild chive is Allium monanthum. This spring vegetable has very little bulbous roots and a mild onion flavor. These wild chives can be easily found in the woodlands of Korea, Japan, northeastern Russia, and northeastern China. 

 

These chives are mild when compared to spring/green onions. Due to their mild flavor, it makes them perfect for eating raw (muchim). You can, however, also eat them cooked or add it to a soup, such as the popular Korean soybean paste soup (doenjang-guk).

 

The Difference Between Regular Wild Chives & Korean Wild Chives (Dallae)

Korean wild chives are usually a vibrant light green color, thinner than regular wild chives, and whispy. You can see the difference in our photos below. 

Korean wild chives ready to pick and use in a recipe Difference between regular wild chives and Korean wild chives growing in the wild

 

Ingredients Needed To Make Korean Marinated Wild Chives (Dallae-muchim)

If you do a lot of Asian-style cooking at home, then you probably have most of the ingredients needed to make this recipe. All you’ll need to go find is the Korean wild chives (dallae) either via picking them yourself on your property or a friend’s property that might have them growing in the wild or pick some up fresh at a local Korean or Asian market. 

Vegetables needed:

  • 1 cup Korean wild chives (dallae), cut into 2” long pieces keep roots

Items needed for the marinade/sauce:

  • 1 Tbsp red chili powder (gochugaru)
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds
  • ¼ tsp white sugar

 

How to Make Our Dallae-muchim Recipe

This recipe is so easy. Once you have your hands on all of the ingredients, it takes no time at all to have delicious marinated wild chives ready for your next meal. 

  1. Clean and rinse the wild chives extremely well. Ensure the water runs clear to be sure that all the dirt has been removed from the wild chives. Drain well. 
  2. Cut the chives into 2” long pieces keeping the roots intact. (The roots and bulbous area are delicious to eat – so don’t throw it away!)
  3. Mix the marinade/sauce ingredients together well in a small bowl. Add the chives into the marinade/sauce and mix together well. Enjoy!

Finished marinated wild Korean Chives recipe ready to eat

What to Serve with Korean Marinated Wild Chives

These wild chives are great to have as a side dish (banchan) with a bowl of freshly steamed rice, along with any other main dish you are having. You could also eat this with Korean BBQ pork belly (samgyeopsal). Having noodles or ramen? Eat this along with your noodles! One of our favorite ways to eat marinated wild chives is with pan-fried tofu slices. Try our easy Pan-Fried Tofu recipe here! Or try these wild chives with Korean steamed egg (here’s our recipe). A bit of these marinated onions on top of your spoonful of steamed eggs = yummy!

 

We hope you enjoy our Korean Marinated Wild Chives recipe! Happy eating!

 

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Korean Marinated Wild Chives (Dallae-muchim) recipe

Korean Marinated Wild Chives (Dallae-muchim)

Yield: 2
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

This Korean Marinated Wild Chives (Dallae-muchim) recipe is a delicious and super easy to make springtime vegetable side dish. Eat this seasoned wild chives with freshly steamed rice, a noodle dish or as a side dish to any main protein. 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup wild green onions, cut into 2” long pieces keep roots
  • 1 Tbsp red chili pepper powder (gochugaru)
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds
  • ¼ tsp white sugar

Instructions

    1. Clean and rinse the wild chives extremely well. Ensure the water runs clear to be sure that all the dirt has been removed from the wild chives. Drain well.
    2. Cut the chives into 2” long pieces keeping the roots intact. (The roots and bulbous area are delicious to eat - so don’t throw it away!)
    3. Mix the marinade/sauce ingredients together well in a small bowl. Add the chives to the marinade/sauce and mix together well. Enjoy!
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