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Korean Side Dish/BanChan: Soy Sauce Braised Black Beans [국민반찬 콩자반 맛있게 만들기] KongJaBan [BEANS RECIPE]

Updated: Jan 14

This SOY SAUCE BRAISED BLACK BEANS side dish (called KongJaBan 콩자반) is Korea's national side dish that so many of us grew up eating PLENTIFUL amounts of. KongJaBan is has a deep soy sauce taste with a slight sweetness. A spoonful of KongJaBan over warm Korean rice is a perfect combination that will satisfy your soul. And, it is also high in protein😎.

KongJaBan is one of the side dishes included in Squid Game drama's famous lunch box (DoShiRak 도시락). This Korean side dish is 🌱Vegan-Friendly recipe🌱

🇰🇷국민반찬! 콩자반 맛있게 만들기. 건강에 좋은 콩자반 레시피. 콩자반은 단백질이 높습니다.

오징어게임 드라마 도시락 반찬: 콩자반.


BanChan 반찬 = Side Dish

This KongJaBan side dish is also called:

KongJang 콩장

KongJoRim 콩 조림

Video Recipe Timecodes/유튜브 영상 레시피 시간 코드

00:00​​​​​​​​​​​​ Introduction 오프닝/인삿말

00:55 Lunchbox/DoShiRak Side Dishes/BanChan (오징어게임 드라마 도시락 3종 반찬) 01:29 Green Kernel Black Beans & substitution beans (서리태콩, 메주콩 & 병아리콩)

01:48 Recipe Instruction (레시피 시작)

Below you'll find the following:

Ingredient List

Korean ingredient and suggested product links

Recipe Instruction

Suggested video recipes



Please take a photo of your KongJaBan side dish when you make them, posted it on your social media, and TAG @ModernPepper.


1 teaspoon 작은 술 = 5 ml

1 tablespoon 큰술 = 1/2 fluid ounce, 15 ml, 15 cc

1 Cup 컵 = 128 grams

1 lb = 450 grams


1.5 Cups Water 물

1/2 Cup 컵 Green Kernel Black Beans/서리태콩

(Substitution/또는: Soy Beans/메주콩 or Chickpeas/Garbonzo Beans/병아리콩)

2 Tablespoon 큰술 Jin-Soy Sauce/진간장

(Substitution: All-Purpose Soy Sauce/진간장 없다면 양조간장)

1 Tablespoon 큰술 Guk-Soy Sauce/국간장

(Substitution: All-Purpose Soy Sauce/국간장 없다면 양조간장)

1/2 Tablespoon 큰술 Extra Virgin Olive Oil/엑스트라 버진 올리브 오일

1/2 Tablespoon 큰술 Brown Sugar/흑설탕

1/2 Tablespoon 큰술 Honey/꿀

(Substitution: Rice Syrup/Oiligodang/MulYeot 꿀 없다면 올리고당 또는 물엿)

1 Garlic Clove/마늘

1 Small Dashima/Dried Sea Kelp (1/4 hand-size) 다시마 (1/4 손 크기)

Roasted Sesame Seeds or Sesame Salt (light sprinkle for garnishing)

1꼬집 참깨 또는 깨소금

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Korean Green Kernel Black Beans, ORGANIC/서리태콩

Korean Green Kernel Black Beans/서리태콩

Soybeans, ORGANIC/메주콩

Chickpeas/Garbonzo Beans/병아리콩

Jin-Soy Sauce/진간장

All-Purpose Soy Sauce/양조간장

Guk-Soy Sauce/국간장

Dried Sea Kelp/Dashima/다시마

Sesame Seeds/참깨

Sesame Seeds w/ Salt/깨소금



Brown Sugar/흑설탕


Starch Syrup/물엿

Extra Virgin Olive Oil/엑스트라 버진 올리브 오일

Peppercorns/말린 후추 열매

Himalayan Salt & Peppercorns/히말라야 소금 & 말린 후추 열매

Wood Peppermill Grinder/나무 후추 분쇄기

Premium Stainless Steel Salt and Pepper Grinder Set /소금 & 후추 분쇄기

WMF Stove-Top Presser Cooker (used in video)

Stove-Top Pressure Cooke

Professional Non-Stick Fry Pans 12-inch/프라이팬

Designer Non-Stick Fry Pans/명품 프라이팬

Step One

Put 1/5 of the beans on a plate. Look for any irregular beans and discard. Rinse well with cold water.

  • If you are NOT using a pressure cooker, let the beans soak in cold water for 3 hours on your kitchen counter.

Step Two

Put the rinsed beans and the ingredients listed below to the pressure. Put the lid on and lock to seal the lock. Set the stove heat on high, and wait until the pressure level reaches the maximum level. Then lower the stove heat to low, and let it simmer for 20 minutes.

  • 1.5 Cups Water

  • 1 Tablespoon 큰술 Jin-Soy Sauce/진간장

  • 1 Garlic Clove/마늘

  • 1 Small Dashima/Dried Sea Kelp (1/4 hand-size) 다시마 (1/4 손 크기)

If you are NOT using a pressure cooker, after you add all the ingredients above to a pot, set the stove heat to high, and once the water starts boiling, cover with the lid. Then lower the stove heat to low, and let it simmer for 20 minutes.

Step Three

Twenty minutes later, slowly release the pressure cooker valve to release the steam. Remove the cooked garlic and dashima (you can discard or eat them). Set the stove heat on high and let the cooking liquid reduce to half (this will take about 2 minutes, give or take, so keep an eye on it).

Step Four

Once the cooking liquid has reduced to half, turn down the stove heat to medium. Then add the following ingredients:

  • 1 Tablespoon 큰술 Jin-Soy Sauce/진간장

  • Tablespoon 큰술 Guk-Soy Sauce/국간장

  • 1/2 Tablespoon 큰술 Brown Sugar/흑설탕

  • 1/2 Tablespoon 큰술 Honey/꿀

Mix well until the sugar and honey has completely dissolved (for about a minute). Add 1/2 Tablespoon 큰술 Extra Virgin Olive Oil (엑스트라 버진 올리브 오일). This is all done! At this point, there should be some liquid left for the beans to continue soaking in. This liquid should not taste too sweet at all. Just slight sweetness with a deep soy sauce taste is ideal.

The beans should also be cooked to al dente. KongJaBan is meant to have somewhat of a al dente bean bite, not soft beans. But if you prefer a soft bean taste, cover with the lid now, and let it sit in the pot for 15 minutes, with no stove heat on.

Step Five

Transfer the cooked beans to a container so the beans stop cooking from the heat of the pot. Add a sprinkle of roasted sesame seeds or roasted sesame seed salt to your KongJaBan. This is enjoyed warm or cold. Once the KongJaBan cools down, store in the fridge as you eat through it. Personally, this tastes better a few days later after the beans have been sitting in the soy sauce liquid. It is best to eat the beans within a week.

KongJaBan must be eaten with Korean rice. The rice balances out the salty taste of the beans, and you must mix the soy sauce liquid with the rice! Don't MISS OUT! Try this at home with homemade Korean rice.

Now, not all Asian rice are the same. Korean rice is uniquely Korean.

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