Golbaengi Muchim, or Korean Moon Snail Salad

A while back, I had had a can of Bai Top sea snails sitting in my pantry for ages, so I decided to put them to good use by making golbaengi muchim, or Korean snail salad popularized by the Korean K-pop band BTS.

If you don’t know BTS, they are the wildly famous and popular Korean boy band with a show called Bon Voyage where they occasionally cook their favorite recipes. (If you’re interested in watching them make this recipe, check out Season 4, Episode 7 in the link above.)

This salad combines thin Japanese somen noodles with the snails, cucumber, and red onion.

The recipe calls for a can of sea snails, or gulbaengi in Korean; somen noodles; and sesame oil(Amazon affiliate links.) You’ll also need some fresh cucumber and red onion (which will be sweeter than a yellow or a white.)

Mixed with delicious bibim sauce and topped with sesame seeds, it’s perfect for a hot summer day or evening.

Finally, I should note that this is not the traditional way to make colbengi muchim — this is just the BTS version. I tested Kwon Corner’s recipe here to make mine. If you want a little more of a traditional version, you can follow Maangchi’s recipe here.

Three coils of somen noodles with sea snail salad.

Golbaengi-muchim, or Sea Snail Salad

A type of muchim, or mixed salad, made by tossing moon snails with vegetables in sesame oil and Paldo sauce. Served with cold noodles.
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Dinner, easy meals, Lunch, quick meals, Salad
Cuisine Korean
Servings 2 people
Calories 194 kcal


  • Large mixing bowl
  • Pasta strainer
  • Medium sauce pan


  • 10 sea snails canned
  • 5 tbsp Paldo sauce
  • 1 drizzle sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds white
  • 2 bundles somen noodles
  • 1 red onion small, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cucumber small, thinly sliced


Prepare salad

  • Halve, then thinly slice onion
  • Thinly slice cucumber into half-inch strips
  • Drain off liquid from sea snails, then cut snails in half
    Sea or moon snails, canned
  • In large mixing bowl, combine snails, cucumber, and onion
  • Add Paldo sauce (adjust amount to personal taste)
  • Wearing latex kitchen gloves, or using tongs, mix in sauce well

Prepare somen

  • To gently boiling water add two sleeves of somen noodles. Cook 3-4 minutes.
  • Drain and then rinse under cold water. 


  • Take a handful of noodles and wrap around index finger, forming a circular swirl. Place three of these on each plate.
  • Add snail salad on side. 
  • Drizzle sesame oil onto noodles. 
  • Sprinkle sesame seeds onto salad.


Calories: 194kcalCarbohydrates: 30gProtein: 10gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 25mgSodium: 297mgPotassium: 515mgFiber: 2gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 126IUVitamin C: 7mgCalcium: 73mgIron: 3mg
Keyword quick meals, salad, summer
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