Dotori-muk Moochim (도토리묵무침): Acorn Jelly Salad


Dotori-muk moochim is my favorite Korean salad, which is a healthy, delicious salad made with acorn jelly. Dotori-muk is an acorn jelly that is known to help with digestion, strengthen blood vessels, and suppress the absorption of fat. I thought it would be perfect to introduce this light yummy salad after my last post, gireum-ttuckbokki. I like serving this salad especially when guests come because although it is a simple salad, it offers an impressive presentation. You can buy dotori-muk at Korean groceries but if you can’t find it pre-made, they always do sell acorn powder that makes the jelly. I will post how to make homemade dotori-muk soon.

Related recipes: Dotorimuk-bap (도토리묵밥): Acorn Jelly Rice Soup


  • About 200g (1/2 pound) of dotori-muk (도토리묵, acorn jelly)
  • 1/2 package (about 70g or 2.5 ounces) of any mixed green salad
  • 2 cucumbers, thinly sliced
  • 2 medium size carrots, thinly sliced
  • 2 mild chilies, red or green – optional
  • 5-7 perilla leaves, ripped into bite sizes by hand – optional
  • 1 cup of julienned scallion or thinly sliced scallion
  • 1-2 tablespoon of perilla oil or sesame oil
  • 3 tablespoons of crushed gim (김, roasted seaweed) – optional
  • Toasted sesame seeds, for garnish

Salad dressing:

  • 3 tablespoons of soy sauce
  • 1-2 tablespoons of gochugaru (고추가루, red pepper poweder)
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar or agave syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  1. Mix the salad dressing marinade.
  2. I like to julienne the cucumbers by cutting the them into 3 inch pieces lengthwise then going around the skin of the cumber with a knife as if you are peeling the skin until you hit the seeds (refer to the photo below). Discard the seeds because it makes the salad watery.IMG_1995 IMG_1996 IMG_1997 IMG_1999
  3. If you are using julienned scallions, soak them in cold water for about 10-15 minutes. This takes away the oniony taste and makes the scallions milder.
  4. Toss all the vegetables together.IMG_3990
  5. Drizzle the salad dress and perilla or sesame oil. Garnish with toasted sesame seeds.IMG_4031

2 thoughts on “Dotori-muk Moochim (도토리묵무침): Acorn Jelly Salad

  1. Pingback: Dotorimuk-bap (도토리묵밥): Acorn Jelly Rice Soup | Gangnam Kitchen

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