Korean-Style Pickled Cucumbers aka Oie Muchim

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"Oie" means cucumber and "muchim" means seasonings/spices mixture. This works great as a side dish with or mixed in with my Bibimbap Recipe. My hubby loves to eat this like regular pickles and they make frequent appearances on his place, no matter what he's eating. :)

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Korean-Style Pickled Cucumbers aka Oie Muchim
by happyvballgirl @ MyEpicureanAdventures.com
4-5 Kirby (aka "Pickling") Cucumbers (about 12 oz)
1 Tbsp Kosher Salt (it's used in the pickling process and a lot of it drains/rinses off)
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp Korean red pepper flakes (aka "gochu caru") NOT crushed red
    pepper, found in Korean/Asian grocery stores). Add a little more if
    you like it with a KICK! :)
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 Tbsp White Vinegar
1 tsp Gochuchang (hot red pepper paste found in Korean/Asian grocery stores)
1 tsp soy sauce
1 tsp sesame oil
1/2 Tbsp sesame seeds
2 Tbsp diced green onions
1/8 tsp black pepper

1. Wash and cut the ends of the cucumbers. Thinly slice, I used a mandolin, and place in a large bowl. Between slicing each cucumber, sprinkle with equivalent portion of salt, ie if you have 4 cucumbers, slice one whole cucumber, sprinkle w/ 1/4 amount of salt and then continue on until all cucumbers have been sliced, ending w/ salt.

2. Once all cucumbers have been sliced and salted, let sit out for about two hours. Cucumbers are full of water and salting them will draw out the excess water, leaving them with a crispier, firmer texture.

3. In the mean time, mix up the remaining ingredients in a small bowl.

4. Once the cucumbers have sat long enough, drain, rinse and squeeze out as much of the excess water as possible from cucumbers, using your hands and place on a plate.

5. Rinse out large bowl, dry and place drained and squeezed cucumbers into bowl, add sauce and mixing well.

That's it! You're done! :)

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Store in an airtight container in the fridge and enjoy it up to a week or two, although it doesn't usually last that long in ours. :)

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Christine, aka happyvballgirl :)


Glenn said...

what Korean market(s) do you use? SMart is close to us, and I recall somebody telling me they were Korean focused, but to my eyes, they seem to have a pretty wide variety of products and remind me very much of the groceries we saw in Tokyo.

happyvballgirl said...

Glenn, I go to S-Mart for all my shopping. It is Korean grocery store but yes, they do have variety of other stuff. They even have pre-marinated bulgogi which is super duper easy and yummy. But that's where I buy all my supplies. Either there or my parents just bring some when they come to visit. :)