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Spicy cucumber side dish

Oi-muchim 오이무침

I’m going to share a super simple recipe with you today that’s one of my all time favorites. It’s a spicy Korean cucumber side dish called oi-muchim. If you have a nice seedless English cucumber, you can make this delicious banchan in just a few minutes. During my round the world Gapshida trip to meet my readers in 2011, I made this dish almost everywhere I went. Everybody loved it. Who wouldn’t like cold, fresh, crispy, seasoned cucumber? Each bite is succulent and wonderful!

Oi means “cucumber” in English, and muchim means “mixed” or “seasoned,” so many people simply call this dish “seasoned cucumber”.  Many Koreans have their own version of it, so you’ll find many variations from family to family. This one is mine, and I’ve been using it for a long time. It’s also one of the dishes in my cookbook.

A major tip for this recipe is to make it and mix it just before serving, which will keep it crisp and fresh and prevent it from getting watery. It’s perfectly for a summertime BBQ – refreshing and just spicy enough to give you a little kick!

Enjoy the recipe! Let me know if you make it!

Ingredients (Serves 4)

  • 1 English cucumber (or 2 to 3 kirby cucumbers), washed
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced onion
  • 1 green onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons hot pepper flakes
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons sesame seeds
  • 1 teaspoon sugar (optional)

Directions

  1. Cut the cucumber lengthwise in half and cut diagonally into thin slices.slice cucumbers
  2. Put the cucumber into a large bowl. Add the onion, green onion, garlic, soy sauce, hot pepper flakes, sesame oil, sesame seeds, and sugar.Spicy Korean cucumber salad (oimuchim: 오이무침)
  3. Mix it well with a spoon until the sugar is well dissolved.Spicy Korean cucumber salad (oimuchim: 오이무침)
  4. Serve as a side dish for rice, noodles, or BBQ.

 

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19 Comments:

  1. Dee_ My profile page joined 5/15
    Posted May 24th, 2015 at 5:38 pm | # |

    This is my favorite side dish and I love that you posted a recipe for it. Thank you!

  2. momnamedjules RSM, California My profile page joined 1/14
    Posted May 10th, 2015 at 8:02 pm | # |

    Maangchi, LOVE this dish. I couldn’t stop eating it while still in the mixing bowl!! I added shredded carrots I had from another dish, and used a left over red onion instead of a white. We’re having it tonight for Mother’s Day dinner with my parents. Thank you again for this delicious dish! Happy Mother’s Day, Maangchi!

  3. hyunee My profile page joined 5/15
    Posted May 4th, 2015 at 7:34 am | # |

    Can I replace hot pepper flakes with hot pepper paste? cause i don’t have it :(

  4. acari My profile page joined 5/15
    Posted May 4th, 2015 at 5:57 am | # |

    I’m from the Philippines. We are just in Korea for 2 months. I saw it best to cook Korean food which I haven’t cooked before (except for the marinated minced beef in bibimbap). It is obviously practical.

    Your recipes have been my guide. It is so helpful. We get the to eat yummy and healthy Korean food.

    Your ingredients guide helped me get the ingredients I need here as I don’t understand Korean.

    Thank you!

    By the way, this spicy cucumber side dish is really yummy!!

  5. Tosin_Oc London, UK My profile page I'm a fan! joined 3/15
    Posted May 3rd, 2015 at 3:21 pm | # |

    This looks fantastic as usual Maangchi! I would LOVE LOVE LOVE if you could do an updated Bibimbap recipe video. It’s such an iconic Korean dish, I know you’ll make it the traditional way and it’ll taste sensational. I’m particularly interested in Dolsot Bibimbap! Thanks so much Maangchi! :D

  6. knitkitsune United States My profile page joined 6/14
    Posted May 1st, 2015 at 8:00 pm | # |

    Hello Maangchi!

    I made this tonight to go with some doenjang jigae and it was delicious! Thank you for another wonderful recipe!

  7. TaeguChadd New Jersey My profile page joined 2/11
    Posted May 1st, 2015 at 5:14 pm | # |

    I made it as is – no soaking or pre-prep. Just washed, chopped cucumbers and added seasoning and tossed – OMG SOOOOOOOOO delish and even people who don’t usually like spicy food ate their fingers!! Delicious!! Thanks Maangchi!!

  8. kimchiaddict My profile page joined 4/15
    Posted May 1st, 2015 at 12:02 am | # |

    hi pp_123 maybe soak 3 to 6 mn in içy 15/20% seasalt solution, test for softening, rinse quickly, and dry it flat on towels without pressing. might retain a good bit of crunch and rigidity. but the secret is given by Maanchi: mix the paste separately ahead if need be, but mix it with the cuke only when you are ready to serve it immediately.

  9. pp_123 Hong Kong My profile page joined 12/14
    Posted April 30th, 2015 at 4:47 pm | # |

    Hi Maangchi~
    Do I need to add a little salt to the cucumber and let it sit for some time so as to get rid of the water inside? I always do that when I make dishes with raw cucumbers.

    • Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
      Posted May 3rd, 2015 at 8:51 pm | # |

      That’s another version of oimuchim. This recipe is like a salad as I described in the recipe.


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