Korean Cucumber Salad (O-I-Mu-Chim, 오이무침)

This is a quick, crunchy salad, commonly served as a side dish at the Korean lunch or dinner table. It’s tangy, sweet, and spicy which pairs well with many meat dishes. Enjoy this recipe and let the Gopher know how it turns out!

MEAL PAIRING TIP: Korean spicy pork (Je-Yuk-Bokk-Eum)
SERVES 2
Total: 10 minutes Active: 10 minutes

3 Persian cucumbers
1/4 small onion
1/2 green onion for garnish (optional)

DRESSING
1 tsp. minced garlic
1 Tbsp. gochugaru (Korean chili pepper flakes)
1 Tbsp. sugar
2 Tbsp. rice vinegar
2 tsp. sesame oil
2 tsp. soy sauce
a pinch of salt
1 tsp. sesame seeds for garnish (optional)

This is a quick, crunchy salad, commonly served as a side dish at the Korean lunch or dinner table. It’s tangy, sweet, and spicy which pairs well with many meat dishes. Enjoy this recipe and let the Gopher know how it turns out!

MEAL PAIRING TIP: Korean spicy pork (Je-Yuk-Bokk-Eum)

Directions
1. Cut cucumbers into 1/4 inch wheels.

2. Thinly slice onion.
*If onion is too spicy, let the sliced onion sit in water for 30 minutes or longer to reduce spicyness.

3. Combine garlic, gochugaru, sugar, rice vinegar, sesame oil, and soy sauce in a bowl. Mix them together.
*Dressing can be made ahead of time.

4. Toss cucumber, onion, and dressing in a bowl. Season to taste if needed.

5. Garnish your salad with green onion and sesame seeds, and serve.

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6 Responses

  1. Ralf Coenen

    So easyto prepare if you get the chili flakes, which definitely have to be gochugaru.
    Excellent taste.
    I’m a lucky guy, i got the gochugaru here in cologne in germany

  2. I love making this dish and my friends love it when I make it. I recently changed it by substituting mango for the cucumbers, left out the onions and garnished with fresh cilantro, it was delicious. P.S.- love your videos.

  3. Foodlover

    Easy, quick, and very tasty! You can vary the heat by the amount of pepper flakes. The longer it sits, the spicier it gets

  4. That’s so awesome, Ralf! Thank you so much^^

  5. Hi John,
    Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a nice comment! That brightens my day^^ That’s a fantastic idea to use mango instead. I am going to have to try that. Sounds yummy!

  6. I am glad to hear that you enjoyed the recipe =).
    Thanks for the great comments!