Apr 19, 2017
This is a simple but delicious side dish that's made with peanuts. Made similar to kongjang (soy braised soybeans), this braised peanut dish (ddang-kong jorim
, 땅콩조림) is sweet, sticky, savory, and nutty with a pleasant chewy texture! It's a popular basic side dish (mit-banchan, 밑반찬).
Did you know peanuts are legumes, not nuts, in the botanical sense? They are seeds in the pot like beans. Peanuts actually grow underground, unlike other nuts such as walnuts and almonds, which are fruit of the trees.
For this dish, use raw shelled peanuts with skins. Around here, we're lucky to have good quality Virginia peanuts, one of the largest varieties. Raw peanuts retain the skins intact and absorb the sauce better with a softer texture as a result, but you can use roasted peanuts if desired.