Korean Easy Meal Recipe: Gosari-namul  (Korean Stir-fried Fernbrake side dish)

Korean Easy Meal Recipe: Gosari-namul  (Korean Stir-fried Fernbrake side dish)

Korean Easy Meal Recipe: Gosari-namul  (Korean Stir-fried Fernbrake side dish)

Gosari-namul is a traditional Korean stir-fried fernbrake side dish. It has a earthy, flavourful, and savory. 

Gosari / Kosari (고사리) is the young stem of fernbrake (or fiddlehead). It is commonly used to make a side dish or soup / stew (e.g. yukgaejang) in Korean cooking.

You can get dried fernbrake or ready to use fernbrake (e.g. boiled and frozen fernbrake) from a Korean grocery store. Though it is much easier to find dried fernbrake, as frozen ones are not always available. It is also more expensive. Gosari-namul is seasoned with soy sauce and minced garlic among other things and has a meaty texture. It is commonly served in traditional bibimbap.

Ingredient

MAIN

  • 190 g / 6.7 ounces hydrated gosari (fernbrake)
  • Some water to boil gosari
  • 3 Tbsp water
  • 1 tsp roasted sesame seeds
  • Some cooking oil (I used rice bran oil)

SEASONING (MIX THESE IN A BOWL)

  • 1 Tbsp regular soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 Tbsp green onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/4 tsp fine sea salt

* 1 Tbsp = 15 ml

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Korean Easy Meal Recipe: Gosari-namul  (Korean Stir-fried Fernbrake side dish)

How to Cook

  1. Place the dried gosari / fernbrake in a large bowl and immerse in water overnight (8 to 12 hours). Drain away the water. 
  2. Boil some water in a sauce pan (enough to cover the fernbrake) and add the fernbrake in the rolling boiling water then boil for a further 30 minutes. Drain away the water and rinse the gosari well under cold running water.
  3. Comb through the fernbrake and cut any hard woody bits from the stem then discard them. Line them up and cut into index finger lengths. Transfer them into a mixing bowl.
  4. Add the seasoning sauce and mix them well.
  5. Heat up a skillet over medium high heat. Once heated, spread the cooking oil. Add the seasoned fernbrake and stir around for a few minutes. 
  6. Add the water (3 Tbsp) and simmer it over low heat for a further 3 minutes. Garnish with the sesame seeds.

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