Cucumber Kimchi (Oi Kimchi)
Someone mentioned cucumber kimchi in comments over at a Reddit food thread and I promised to look into it. There are a fair number of recipes out there and I happened onto this one as much by accident as anything. Well, the “quick” in the title caught my eye. LOL! Naturally I ignored parts of the directions and cut the cukes into spears rather than the half-moons. I used the long skinny English cucumbers because the only other option was the regular salad cukes with the big seeds in the core. These are delicious! There is a hint of heat but even Mrs J ate them without complaint.Just a word about the red peppers in these kimchi dishes. Although the red pepper flakes common in American recipes will substitute in a pinch, I don’t think you can do better than going ahead and buying a bag of the real thing – gochugaru. I bought a big bag at the Asian foods specialty store and keep it in a zip bag in the freezer. Amazon has plenty of choices. I wonder how this is on a pizza? I bet awesome!