This cold cucumber side dish, 오이 냉국, is a very refreshing summer dish. It is delicious with both cooked rice and noodles. Cucumbers and cold water seasoned with vinegar, sugar, and sesame seeds tastes cool and delicious. You can add soaked dried seaweed (미역=MiYeok=Wakame) also.
Yield: 1½ Quarts
Short Korean Lesson
- Chahn (찬) = Cold
- DdeuGeoWoon (뜨거운) = Hot
- 2 Cups Cucumbers
- 1½ Cups Water
- 1½ Tbsp Green Onions
- 1 tsp Green Hot Pepper (Optional)
- 1 tsp Red Hot Pepper (Optional)
- 2 Tbsp Brown Rice Vinegar or Apple Vinegar
- 2 Tbsp Sugar
- ½ tsp Salt
- ½ tsp Soup Soy Sauce
- ½ Tbsp Sesame Seeds
Julienne 2 cups of cucumber thinly.
Thinly chop the green onions (1½ Tbsp) green peppers (1 tsp), and red peppers (1 tsp). These are hot peppers, but sweet peppers can be used instead to reduce the spiciness.
In a large mixing bowl, add the cucumber, 1½ cups of water, green onions, peppers, and all of the ingredients for the seasoning: 2 Tbsp vinegar, 2 Tbsp sugar, ½ tsp salt, ½ tsp soup soy sauce, and ½ Tbsp sesame seeds. Mix well until the sugar dissolves.
There are 2 ways of serving this side dish. You can make it several hours before you serve and chill it in the refrigerator. In that case, use 1½ cups of water as the recipes say. The other way is that you can serve right after you make it. In that case, use 1 cup of water, and add ½ cup of ice before serving.
When the ice melts, it will change the balance of the salt, sugar, and vinegar. So be careful about the amount of water in this recipe before you serve it.
Try this on a hot summer day. 😀 Thank you!