When you eat at a Korean restaurant, what is the most unique part about it? I think it is the various Korean side-dishes they serve for your meal. Among them, which one is your favorite? I can guess, based on comments from my viewers over the years that it is this cucumber side-dish called Oi Muchim in Korean. Many people seem to try this Korean cucumber side-dish at a Korean restaurant for the first time and they instantly fall in love with it. hehe I can also see why most Korean restaurants choose this as one of their side-dishes. It is because it is very easy and cheap to make. Of course, more importantly, it tastes delicious. It is refreshing, savory, sweet, spicy, and little sour. Wow, so many flavors in one side … Mmm … yummy ~~~ Now, you can enjoy this Korean cucumber side-dish without going out with this delicious recipe. 🙂 Are you ready to try it? Then, let’s get started.
Yield: 4 Cups
Short Korean Lesson
- SeongTanJeol (성탄절) = Christmas
- MyeongJeol (명절) = Holidays
- 1 lb Seedless Cucumbers (4 Cups) (¾ tsp Salt)
- ¼ Cup Onion
- 2 Tbsp Green Onion
- 1 Tbsp Hot Pepper Powder
- 2 tsp Sugar
- 2 tsp Vinegar
- 2 tsp Sesame Seeds
- 1 tsp Fish Sauce (or Soy Sauce)
- 1 tsp Garlic, Minced
Get 2 seedless cucumbers. Decoratively peel half of the skin off in strips, legnthwise.
Divide each cucumber into quarters, lengthwise. Then, cut the cucumbers into about half-inch chunks.
Season the cucumber pieces with about ¾ tsp salt. Mix it gently and set it aside for about 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, dice ¼ cup of an onion into little pieces, finely chop 2 Tbsp worth of green onion, and mince 1 tsp of garlic.
After 5 minutes, add all the chopped vegetables and the seasoning ingredients into the salted cucumbers: 1 Tbsp hot pepper powder, 2 tsp sugar, 2 tsp vinegar, 2 tsp sesame seeds, 1 tsp fish sauce (or soy sauce), and 1 tsp of the minced garlic.
Mix everything well, and then it is done.
Are you surprised to see how easy it was to make this delicious cucumber side-dish? 😉 Store it in the refrigerator, and you can enjoy it for couple days. Cucumber tastes best when it’s fresh, so I recommend that you finish eating it in 2-3 days. 🙂 I hope you try it someday and let me know what you think.