Memilmuk muchim (the memilmuk is the light grayish-brown cubes on the bottom)
Memilmuk is a Korean food that is a variety of muk made from buckwheat starch, which has a jelly-like consistency. It is light gray-brown in color and is most commonly eaten as memilmuk muchim (메밀묵무침), a banchan (side dish) in which chunks of memilmuk are mixed with kimchi, ground sesame seeds, and soy sauce.
Memilmuk was a common treat in Korea during the mid-20th century, and is still widely served by South Korean street vendors and restaurants today. When drinking soju, memilmuk may also be served as an anju (side dish eaten while drinking alcoholic beverages).
Similar foods include nokdumuk and hwangpomuk, both of which are made from mung bean starch, and dotorimuk, which is made of acorn starch, as well as the Japanese konnyaku (konjac), which is made from the corm of Amorphophallus konjac.
Place in Korean folklore
From ancient times, memilmuk was thought to be irresistible to dokebi.
In popular culture
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