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Oi Moochim (Summer Cucumber Side Dish)

August 5, 2011

I know that this picture makes the dish look so spicy, but really it’s not too spicy, so don’t let it scare you. And you can always add less pepper paste and pepper powder! :)

I’ve previously talked about how Korean macrobiotic cooking calls for a lot of moochim/sengchae dishes (raw-mixed side dish, a non-cooked version of Namul) during the summer. One of the most loved Korean moochim dishes during the summer is Oi moomchim. It is very easy to make and Koreans love it. You will literally find this side dish served in all the Korean restaurants. Bill and I always end up asking for a second serving of Oi Moochim. It’s one of Bill’s favorite sides dishes, and I can eat a whole bowl of steamed brown rice with this!

Oi Moochim Recipe

Ingredients:
2 Korean cucumbers (halved and sliced diagonally)
1/2-1 Tbs Korean pepper paste (to taste)
1/4-1/2 Tbs Korean pepper powder (to taste)
1 tsp diced garlic
1 tsp sesame seeds
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1-2 Tbs agave nectar or raw cane sugar (to taste)
Generous amount of black pepper to taste

Directions:
1. Put all the ingredients (except the cucumbers) together and mix well.
2. Halve and diagnoally slice the cucumbers. (We peeled our cucumbers as our cucumbers with skin were a little more bitter than we like it, but you don’t have to if they are not bitter!)
3. Add the cucumbers and mix well with hand (like we always say – sohn-maht), and there you go! Serve with brown rice and other banchan!

We get multiple cucumbers every other day from our garden, so these are from our garden! Cucumbers (and some other plants) are sooo easy to grow, if you have some space in your backyard, you should consider a garden.

Mix the ingredients well with the sliced cucumber.

So easy and really the ultimate taste of Korean summer – Oi Moochim. Can’t live without it during the summer! Happy Summer, everyone!! :)

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  1. Julie permalink
    August 6, 2011 6:38 am

    Hi Sunnie!

    Hope your summer is going well. :) I make oi sangchae quite often and it seems quite similar (looking at your recipe) to oi moochim. What is the taste difference between the two? I plan on making oi moochim this week, I was just curious to if they are used differently or is it just a matter of preference. Also what is the taste of Korean cucumbers? I can only get the english or regular cucumbers. I normally use regular cucumbers for oi sangchae and both, though I prefer english cucumbers for oi kimchi. Is there much difference in taste of Korean ones? Thanks!

    Julie

    • Sunnie permalink*
      August 6, 2011 1:02 pm

      Hi Julie! Hope you’re enjoying summer too! Summer in Indiana is a really hot this year and very humid. It’s exhausting! Anyway, sengchae and moochim are pretty much the same. Sengchae dishes are always raw, you can sometimes have moochim that are not raw. But Koreans use the term pretty synonymously. Oi moochim and sengchae refer to the same dish pretty much. Korean cucumbers are narrower and shorter. They taste similar but the texture is different. They are very crisp, with a big crunch. And much lighter in color, light light green! :)

      • Julie permalink
        August 7, 2011 7:12 am

        Thanks Sunnie! That’s pretty much what I thought, but just wanted to make sure. I have seen cucumbers in the dramas, but weren’t sure if they were cukes or zucchinis, now I know. :) My summer has been a bit hard. June 1st we had a string of tornados here in Massachusetts and unfornately my house was pretty damaged by one. We never lost electricity but had no phone or internet or cable for almost a month. We are still waiting for repairs to be done after fighting with the insurance company all this time. But work should start on my house in a few weeks. We need a new roof, siding, about half of our windows replaced, new porches and fences. It should take about 4 weeks for everything to be fixed. I am not really looking forward to that!
        Especially as I work out of my house, but there is nothing else to be done. It’s been pretty hot and humid here too. How is your garden going? Not too wilted from the heat I hope!
        Julie

      • Sunnie permalink*
        August 7, 2011 8:03 am

        Oh my goodness! I am so sorry to hear that, Julie. It must be causing you so much work, heartache and money too! I am glad that repair work will start soon. I hop everything goes smoothly. We send best wishes…! Yes, it’s been very hot and humid here as well with no break. I guess our garden is holding up okay, just not great. It’s been just too hot and not enough rain. We try to water it often but still not the same! Anyhoo, good luck with the repair work, Julie. I hope you complete it smoothly! Have a great day!

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