Korean Radish Wraps (Mu Ssam Mari)

Korean Radish Wraps (Mussam mari)

Korean BBQ is delicious but sometimes you need a refreshing side dish to balance the meaty and hearty flavor. In comes mu ssam mari i.e. Korean radish wraps. This dish pairs perfectly with heavier dishes or even makes for a great main dish with a bowl of rice depending on what you place inside the radish wraps. The combination is plentiful and good for your waist line! When serving with other heartier dishes I like to keep the filling light with a mix of vegetables, imitation crab meat and a Korean hot mustard sauce. When making it as a main dish, thin strips of beef are delicious and I’ve even used left over turkey meat after Thanksgiving with a mix of vegetables to fill the wraps. Really, it’s a perfect recipe to empty your fridge of any vegetables or ingredients that will start to look not so great in a few days.

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I’ve made this on a few occasions and it’s always been for housewarmings because it pairs so well with heartier dishes and is relatively simple (minus all the chopping) and requires minimal oven or stove space that is usually preoccupied by other warm dishes. I mentioned in the last post that we had a housewarming recently and this Korean radish wrap made its way to the table as well and was very popular – even with the boys who try to steer clear of too many vegetables!

Ingredients 
  • 1 package of picked radish (about 20 in each package)
  • 3 sticks of imitation crab meat
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1/3 red pepper
  • 1/3 yellow pepper
  • Optional: 1/2 carrots – ran out of time to add in
Hot Mustard Peanut Sauce
  • 1 and 1/4 Tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 Tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1/2 Tbsp Korean hot mustard (gyu ja) – or to taste depending on how spicy or mild you want the sauce
  • dash of pepper
  • a pinch of sesame seeds
Garlic Soy Sauce Dip
  • 1/2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 Tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp mirin (rice cooking wine)
  • 1/2 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp Korean hot mustard – or to taste , i usually like some more
Other great options: 3 eggs mixed in a bowl and cooked thinly on a fry pan cut into slices, strips of a chicken breast, strips of beef (about 2/3 cup), spring onions, slices of onions and whatever may be in your fridge!
Directions 
The Korean radish wrap starts with a pickled radish. You can make your own, or be like me, and buy a package! Soon enough one day, I will make my own.
1. Thinly slice your vegetables.
2. Cut the imitation crab meat into half and thinly slice the imitation crab meat.
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3. Lay the radish wraps on a flat surface and place a slice or two of each of the wrap ingredients within the radish and wrap up both sides!
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4. Place the sauce ingredients in a small bowl and mix well! I like both sauces. Some days I will make both and other days choose one. The garlic soy sauce dip is particularly delicious when beef is utilized in the radish wrap and the hot mustard peanut sauce pairs nicely with the imitation crab meat.
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Korean Radish Wraps (Mu Ssam Mari)
Refreshing Korean pickled radish wraps are the perfect complement to a heavier or greasier meal like Korean BBQ. Its also often served at housewarmings or on special occasions because of the pretty colors and its ability to be made ahead.
Servings
2 as a main dish, 4-5 as a side dish
Ingredients
Radish Wrap
Hot Mustard Peanut Sauce
Garlic Soy Sauce Dip
Servings
2 as a main dish, 4-5 as a side dish
Ingredients
Radish Wrap
Hot Mustard Peanut Sauce
Garlic Soy Sauce Dip
Instructions
  1. Thinly slice your vegetables. Cut the imitation crab meat into half and thinly slice the imitation crab meat.
  2. Lay the radish wraps on a flat surface and place a slice or two of each of the wrap ingredients within the radish and wrap up both sides!
  3. Place the sauce ingredients in a small bowl and mix well!

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