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Braised Quail Eggs (Mechurial Jangjorim) | Inspired by: It's Okay Not to be Okay (사이코지만 괜찮아) 🌼

It's Okay Not to be Okay (사이코지만 괜찮아): A South Korean romance drama television series written by Jo Yong and directed by Park Shin-woo. It stars Kim Soo-hyun, Seo Yea-ji, Oh Jung-se and Park Gyu-young. The series follows a a man employed in a psychiatric ward and a woman, with an antisocial personality disorder, who is a popular writer of children's books. Moon Gang-tae (Kim Soo-hyun) lives with his older brother Moon Sang-tae (Oh Jung-se) who has autism. They frequently move from town to town ever since Sang-tae witnessed their mother's murder. Gang-Tae works as a caretaker in a psychiatric ward at every place they settle in. While working in a hospital, he meets a famous children's book writer, Ko Moon-young (Seo Yea-ji), who is rumored to have antisocial personality disorder. Circumstances lead Gang-tae to work at the OK Psychiatric Hospital in Seongjin City, the same city where they all lived when they were young. Meanwhile, Moon-young forms a romantic obsession for Gang-tae after finding out that their pasts overlap. She follows him to Seongjin, where the trio (including Sang-tae) slowly begins to heal each other's emotional wounds. They unravel many secrets, seek comfort from each other and move forward in their lives.

Mechurial Jangjorim (메추리알 장조림): Braised quail eggs, a traditional Korean side dish, consisting mainly of boiled or braised quail eggs and soy sauce. The sauce is simmered until reduced and the seasoning absorbed into the eggs. This is a simple version of Jangjorim (장조림). There are other types of Jangjorim (장조림) for example beef, pork, or mushrooms jangjorim. This tastes similar to meat jangjorim but easier to make and it is also good for a meatless diet.

Mechurial Jangjorim (메추리알 장조림) or Braised Quail Eggs appears few times in the scene from "It's Okay Not to be Okay". For some reason, it is the main character's (Ko Moon-young ) favorite food, although she never actually cook it 😂 In Episode 13 of "It's Okay Not to be Okay", you will find Sang-tae comforts a sobbing Moon-Young with spoonful of rice porridge and soy sauce quail eggs. It is the most heartrendingly beautiful scene, and reveals without doubt how Sang-Tae’s relationship with Mun-yeong is the true soul of the show. It is an emotional crescendo, and the purest and most heartbreaking moment in the entire series.


  • 1 pack quail eggs (15 pcs)

  • 1 cup water

  • 1/4 cup soy sauce

  • 1 TSP apple cider vinegar

  • 4 cloves garlic (minced)

  • 1 TSP black pepper

  • 3 - 4 TBS brown sugar


1. Place quail eggs in a boiling water and cook for 2 - 4 minutes. You can also buy canned quail eggs which is ready to eat, that will shorten the cooking time!

2. Once cook, transfer it to a cool water and cool it down completely. Then, peel off the quail eggs shell.

3. The cooking steps are very straightforward and super simple! First, add in cooked quail eggs in a medium heat pan. Then put in the rest of the ingredients (water, soy sauce, apple cider vinegar, minced garlics, black peppers and brown sugar). Mix and let it boil.

4. Let it cook under medium heat for 18 - 20 minutes or until the sauce reduced. You don't have to faithfully stand and wait for 20 minutes, go ahead and do your own thing! 😂

5. 20 minutes later... it's all done and ready to serve! Don't forget to sprinkle some sesame seeds on top ❤️

You can serve Mechurial Jangjorim (메추리알 장조림) or Braised Quail Eggs with plain rice, rice porridge or kimchi, if desired. Best to serve when it's cold. You can also store Mechurial Jangjorim (메추리알 장조림) in an airtight container and leave in the fridge for up to 2 days! If you can't find any quail eggs in your area, no worries you can also make this recipe with chicken eggs 🐣

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