This spicy, sweet, and sour cucumber side is a Korean side-dish you can quickly make it with just a few ingredients. The flavor matches with many other Korean foods, so it is a perfect choice for any Korean meals. I especially like this sweet and sour flavor combination, so I often make it. If you see a cucumber at market, grab some to try this super easy but tasty Korean side-dish. 🙂
Yield: 2 Cups
Short Korean Lesson
- JangGab (장갑) = Gloves
- YangMal (양말) = Socks
The video starts at 2:05
- 2 Cups Seedless Cucumber (¼ Gnereous tsp Salt + ¼ tsp Sugar)
- ⅓ Cup Onion
- 1½ Tbsp Hot Pepper Paste
- 1 Tbsp Hot Pepper Powder
- 2 tsp Sugar
- ½ Tbsp Water
- 1 tsp Vinegar
- 1 tsp Sesame Seeds
- ½ tsp Garlic, Minced
We need about 2 cups of seedless cucumber. Peel off half of the skin to make a nice pattern.
Slice the cucumber into ¼ inch slices.
Put the cucumbers in a mixing bowl and season them with ¼ generous tsp of salt and ¼ tsp of sugar. Mix everything well and let them sit for about 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, slice ⅓ cup worth of an onion thinly.
In another mixing bowl, add 1½ Tbsp hot pepper paste, 1 Tbsp hot pepper powder, 2 tsp Sugar, ½ Tbsp water, 1 tsp vinegar, and ½ tsp minced garlic. Mix it well.
After 10 minutes, the cucumbers will be nicely seasoned.
Add the cucumbers and the onions into the sauce.
Mix everything gently.
For the final touch, sprinkle 1 tsp of sesame seeds on top and mix it one more time before serving.
This simple side dish can be refreshing to boast your appetite. It tastes the best when its fresh, so I recommend that you make just the right amount to eat for 1 or 2 meals.