Korean Marinated Perilla Leaves Kkaennip-jangajji
The classic Korean side dishes (banchan, 반찬), which is also one of the Korean favorite side dishes. It’s Pickled Perilla Leaves (Kkaennip Jangajji, 깻잎 장아찌), also known as Perilla Kimchi (Kkaennip Kimchi, 깻잎 김치). These terms are used interchangeably on some occasions.
Kkaennip Jangajji (깻잎 장아찌) has a salty, slightly sweet and garlicky taste and is mainly seasoned with soy sauce. Kkaennip Kimchi (깻잎 김치), on the other hand, has a spicy and garlicky taste like Napa Cabbage Kimchi and is mainly seasoned with Korean chili flakes (Gochugaru, 고추가루).
We recommend you to eat this with some rice as on its own it will be too salty! Most Koreans nickname this dish as a ‘rice stealer’ (Bap-Doduk, 밥-도둑), meaning you can consume rice easily and fast without you even knowing! A bowl of rice just accompanied by this delicious, aromatic and addictive side dish. Yum!