Sunday, July 4, 2010

Korean Sweet Black Beans (Kongjaban)

Black bean is a very good source of cholesterol-lowering fiber, black beans' high fiber content prevents blood sugar levels from rising too rapidly after a meal, Black Beans Give You Energy to Burn While Stabilizing Blood Sugar. In addition, they are a very good source of dietary fiber and folate.

  • 2 cups black soy beans, washed
  • 3 ~ 4 cups filtered water
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 3 Tbsp sugar
  • 4 Tbsp Corn-syrup
  • 2 Tbsp Maesil Extract
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds
  • Pinch of salt
Note: To shorten cooking time and make it easier to digest, washed black beans should be presoaked - simply soak the beans in drinking water for 6 hours or overnight, placing the bowl in the refrigerator so that the beans will not ferment.

  1. In a pan add the black beans and presoaked water & add salt. (add more water if needed).
    Boil them on high for about 20 to 25 minutes – until the water is reduce in half.
  2. Add soy sauces and reduce the temperature to medium high, then cook them for 10-20 minutes until the sauce is reduce in half. Then add 4 Tbsp of corn syrup and 3-4 Tbsp of sugar depending on your taste. You can skip the corn syrup and use sugar or honey instead. Add sesame seed oil.
  3. Cook them for 20 to 25 minutes – until the liquid is almost gone. Watch carefully not to burn them.
  4. Sprinkle 1 tsp of sesame seeds in them, and cook them 5 more minutes on low. Turn off the heat.


  1. Where would you buy the Maesil extract?

  2. I bought it from Korean Super Market