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Saengseon Gui

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Yangnyeomjang (Yield: 12 quarts)
4 cups Kikkoman® Soy Sauce
½ cup Kikkoman® Sesame Oil
2 cups white vinegar
1 cup perilla seeds
1 cup crushed sesame seeds
2 cups fish sauce
4 cups sugar
1 cup aromatics
1 quart chopped scallions

Dadaegi (Yield: 8 cups)
1 cup + 1 tablespoon coarse gochugaru
4 cups gochujang
1 cup minced garlic
1 cup Kikkoman® Soy Sauce
6 tablespoons fish sauce
1 cup Kikkoman® Kotteri Mirin
4 tablespoons black pepper
½ cup puréed jalapeño

Braised Radish (Yield: 1-2 servings)
2 quarts vegetable stock
1 small mu, peeled and cut into 2-inch rounds

For assembly (Yield: 1)
2 quarts neutral oil
2 cups tempura flour
1 600-gram branzino filet
1 teaspoon black pepper
2 teaspoons gochugaru
3 teaspoons salt
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup thinly shaved fennel
6 basil leaves
8 mint leaves
1 Fresno chile, cut into thin rings
2 tablespoons Kikkoman® No Preservatives Added Non-GMO Toasted Sesame Oil


For the Yangnyeomjang:
In a large, nonreactive container, mix to combine all ingredients. Let sit for 3 hours. Reserve.

For the Dadaegi:
In a mixing bowl, whisk to combine all ingredients. Transfer to quart containers and refrigerate.

For the Braised Radish:
Heat oven to 350°F. In a bowl, mix to combine stock and 1 cup Dadaegi. Pour into a 6-inch deep two-thirds pan. Add radish and cover with foil. Braise 15 minutes or until tender. Reserve.

To Assemble and Serve:
In a pan over medium flame, heat oil. Meanwhile, in a bowl, mix to combine tempura flour and 4 cups of water. Season branzino with pepper, gochugaru, and 2 teaspoons of salt. Dredge the seasoned branzino in all-purpose flour then dip it into the tempura batter. Shallow pan-fry branzino for 3 minutes. Flip and fry for another 2 minutes. Transfer Branzino to a paper-towel-lined sizzle plate. In a bowl, mix fennel, basil, mint, Fresno chile, sesame oil, and remaining salt. Add 1 cup Yangnyeomjang to a serving plate. Arrange 3 pieces Braised Radish and top with fried branzino, followed by the fennel salad.

Created by Chef Angel Barreto of Anju, adapted by StarChefs. Featured plate ware from Anfora Crete by Steelite.


Even people who love soy sauce and use it all the time are often surprised to learn what it is and how it’s made. We make ours from just four simple ingredients—water, soybeans, wheat, and salt. Those ingredients are transformed through a traditional brewing process—much like making wine or beer—that has remained unchanged for centuries.

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