International Cuisine, Salad

Oo Ee Mu Chim – Korean Cucumber Salad

K for Korea. It was tricky choosing
a dish for this country for my husband had spent many years in this country
and I wanted to get the taste as authentic as possible. Making just a Kimchi (or a cabbage
pickle) representing Korea was… well, just not me. I mean, I love Oriental flavours but vinegar is not
one of my strong points, and Kimchi without vinegar…. Ughhhh.. One may not as
well make it.  

The spouse then suggested so many
dishes he remembered by taste, and not so much by name. As I was traversing
through PJ’s blog, I called out to him, and bang on, this was one dish he used
to relish a lot, albeit with a lot more spice and punch. Tofu, bean sprouts,
sea weed, scallions, radish, soya sauce and soya bean are some of the major
ingredients in Korean veg cuisine. So, it was Oo Ee Mu Chim (Cucumber Salad) for Korea

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This is a quick salad to put
together for parties or potlucks. Me and S had it as a whole meal by itself,
and it was quite filling. I quite liked the crunch from the roasted and crushed
peanuts and the earthiness from the roasted sesame seeds. Those with nut
allergy can skip the addition of nuts, but the taste would vary quite a bit.
Thanks PJfor the recipe. we are sure it would add to my salad menu list. Sending this dish to the World Blogging Marathon. Cant believe we are already on the 11th day – almost midway through the 26 letters of the Alphabet ! 

 

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Flag of Korea

As always, quick facts about the
country, helped along by Wiki…

  •  Located on the Korean Peninsula,
    Korea is bordered by China to the northwest and Russia to the
    northeast. It is separated from Japanto the east by
    the Korea Strait and the Sea of Japan (East
    Sea). 
  • “Korea” is the modern
    spelling of Corea, a name attested in English as early as 1614.
  • Korean cuisine has evolved
    through centuries of social and political change. Originating from
    ancient agricultural and nomadic traditions in
    southern Manchuria and
    the Korean peninsula, Korean cuisine has evolved
    through a complex interaction of the natural environment and different cultural
    trends.
  • Grains have been one
    of the most important staples to the Korean diet. Early myths of the
    foundations of various kingdoms in Korea center on grains. One foundation myth
    relates to Jumong,
    who received barley seeds
    from twodoves sent
    by his mother after establishing the kingdom of Goguryeo
  • Korean foods can be largely
    categorized into groups of “main staple foods
    “subsidiary dishes”, and “dessert” The main dishes are made
    from grains such as bap (a bowl of rice), juk (porridge),
    and guksu (noodles).

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Location map of Korea

Lets get to today’s dish now…

Country : Korea

Dish : Oo Ee Mu Chim (Korean Cucumber Salad)

Prep time : 20 mins | Cooking time : Nil | Serves : 2

Accompaniments : Nil (if as part of a meal, serve with steamed
rice and stew)

Adapated from : PJ’s recipe

Ingredients:

  • Cucumbers – sliced
    thin or diced into small cubes
  • Topping : Roasted and
    crushed peanuts, roasted sesame seeds
  • Dressing:
  • Lemon juice
  • Rice Vinegar
  • Crushed black pepper
  • Salt – to taste
  • Honey – 1 tsp
  • Garlic – 1 large pod,
    minced
  • Soya sauce – 1 tsp
  • Chilli powder – ½ tsp
    (I didn’t use)

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Method:

Mix all the ingredients for the dressing. Chill cucumbers and cube
/ slice them

Before serving, toss the cucumbers in the dressing.

Top with roasted sesame seeds and crushed peanuts and serve
immediately

Lets see what my fellow marathoners have cooked today !

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12 Comments

  1. cookingwithsapana

    Such a refreshing and delicious salad !

  2. Varada's Kitchen

    The ingredients are so similar to the Maharastrian cucumber salad. Chilled cucumber, roasted peanuts and sesame seeds are a great combination. Nice one

  3. Prefect salad for me, those roast peanuts and sesame seeds take this salad to the next level,loving it.

  4. That is one light and refreshing salad. I never had added sesame-peanut combo to cucumbers before.

  5. MySpicyKitchen

    Even I made this salad but different recipe. I like cucumbers no matter how it is prepared.

  6. loving those fancy names the dishes from other countries have 🙂 such an tempting and flavorful salad !! love the crunchiness of peanuts and sesame to the salad 🙂

  7. That's really such a nice one with simple ingredients..and salads seem to the dish of the day!

  8. Simple things are most delicious are they not? Love your pics too.

  9. Chef Mireille

    simple and light salad..perfect for summer

  10. Very simple and refreshing salad.

  11. Gayathri Kumar

    Salad looks so inviting. Love the addition of peanuts and sesame seeds…

  12. Priya Srinivasan - I Camp in My Kitchen

    Refreshing salad!! Nice combo of flavors

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