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Oi Sobagi (Korean Cucumber Kimchi)

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"We have been wanting to do this oi sobagi banchan (cucumber kimchi side dish) for a long time but our local grocery store didn't have the Kirby cucumbers."
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1 d 1 h 30 m servings 41
Original recipe yields 20 servings


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  1. Place cucumbers onto one end, slice in half down the length to create and x-shape, leaving the last 1/4-inch uncut; place into a bowl. Combine 8 cups water and sea salt in a saucepan over medium heat; bring to a boil. Pour brine mixture onto the cucumbers; brine until flavors combine, about 1 hour.
  2. Combine red pepper flakes, 1/2 cup water, fish sauce, sugar, garlic, ginger, and fermented shrimp in a bowl; mix until sauce is thoroughly combined.
  3. Rinse cucumbers in cold water; place in a colander to drain. Sit until semi-dry, about 10 minutes.
  4. Lather cucumbers with sauce, inside and out, making sure to stuff the x-shaped cut as well. Place cucumbers, chives, radish, and sesame seeds in an air-tight container. Let sit at room temperature until flavors combine, 1 to 2 days; refrigerate until ready to serve.


  • Editor's Note:
  • Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of brine. The actual amount of brine consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 41 calories; 1.4 7.9 1.7 < 1 4451 Full nutrition

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