Stuffed Oi Kimchi (Cucumber Kimchi)
Perhaps the most popular kimchi during the spring and summer time is the Stuffed Oi Kimchi or Oi Sobagi. Cucumbers are cooling and this kimchi is a tasty accompaniment on warm days. It also has a nice crunchy texture. Prepare oi sobagi in small quantities as it does not keep as long as the cabbage kimchi and should be consumed within one week. Use Kirby or small cucumbers easily available at the farmers markets at this time of the year.
Another kimchi with a crunchy texture is the Kkakdugi (Korean Radish Kimchi). This is another kimchi that is not easily available at the stores.
I have made this kimchi several times using a recipe adapted from the cookbook Discovering Korean Cuisine . These little cucumbers are from the farmers market I visited recently. If you would like to check out the post on the market, please click here.
Oi Kimchi (Cucumber Kimchi)
6 Kirby cucumbers
1 tbsp coarse salt
For the Stuffing
2 oz Chinese chives, finely chopped
2 oz Korean radish, finely chopped
1 small carrot, finely chopped
1 tbsp salted shrimp, finely chopped
2 tbsp red pepper powder
1 tsp finely minced ginger
6 cloves garlic, finely minced
½ tsp sugar
Rinse cucumbers and drain. Cut off the stem as well as the other end of cucumber and discard. Cut cucumber across the length into two halves. Quarter each cucumber half along its length starting from the center of the cucumber leaving about ½ inch of the other end intact. Sprinkle with coarse salt and leave at room temperature for about two hours. Drain.
Mix all stuffing ingredients in a medium bowl.
Stuff prepared cucumbers.
Oi kimchi can be eaten right away or kept in the fridge for up to a week.
Enjoy…..and have a wonderful day!