Today we made a healthy side dish to counter-balance all the meat we have been eating. It's called kongjaban (Korean sweet black beans), that has been pre-soaked for a lengthy time (to aid in digestion and reduce flatulence :) and cooked in some soy sauce. It's a sweet and nutty banchan side dish, and they are filled with a good dose of protein for vegetarians and meat-lovers alike. Kongjaban is a common Korean side dish that doesn't take too much fuss in prepping or cooking. Also, you can make a bigger batch that will not only save for long periods in the refrigerator, but provide that extra side dish that Koreans need to eat a complete meal.
1.Wash and soak black beans in water for a minimum of 3 hours to overnight in the refrigerator.
2.In a pot add the black beans and 5 cups of water. Boil on high for about 15~20 minutes or until water is reduced by half.
3.Add Â½ cup of soy sauce, 5 tbsp of corn syrup, and 2 tbsp of brown sugar. Substituting the corn syrup in place of sugar or honey is acceptable.
4.Reduce to medium and cook for another 20 minutes or until the liquid is almost gone.
5.When cooled, refrigerate in a glass or plastic tupperware. Serve cold or semi-chilled as a banchan side dish.
*To save cooking time and make for easier digestion, the beans should be pre-soaked a minimum of 3 hours to overnight in the refrigerator. When ready for use, rinse clean under cold water several times.
**This healthy side dish can be stored for up to a month in the refrigerator, so it is wise to make enough that will last at least several weeks.