Sunday, March 18, 2012

Weekend Fun & Cucumber Sangchae (Korean Banchan Series)

Hubby and I got to go on a quick date. We had a great time, got some much needed alone time, and enjoyed some treats.

Prosecco & beerBlackberry cobbler
The next dish in my Korean banchan series (previous dishes: Korean Chive Sangchae, Soybean Sprout Namul, and Spinach Namul) is one of my favorite dishes: Korean cucumber salad. It’s nice and refreshing, and I love the heat from the gochujang (chili paste).

Cucumber Sangchae

Ingredients
  • Cucumbers, 2 salad cucumbers or 12-15 Persian or pickling cucumbers [The advantage of using pickling or Persian cucumbers is that they have less water. If using salad cucumbers, it is a good idea to put them in a colander and sprinkle them with salt to drain some of the water out of them. Otherwise the salad will be too watery.]
  • Salt, if using salad cucumbers
  • 2 scallions, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic coves, minced
  • 1 tsp vinegar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp Korean chili powder
  • 2 tsp sesame seeds
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp gochujang (Korean chili paste)
  • 1 tsp sugar
Directions
  1. Cut the cucumbers lengthwise into thin slices. [If using salad cucumbers, put them into a colander, sprinkle them with salt, and let them sit for 30 minutes. Then rinse them with water and gently squeeze them dry with a dish towel.]
  2. In a bowl, mix the spring onions, garlic, vinegar, salt, and chili powder. Then add the sesame seeds, sesame oil, chili paste, and sugar.
  3. Coat the cucumber slices with the dressing. Refrigerate before serving.


Questions: Do you like cucumbers? If so, what’s your favorite way to eat them?
 
Be well,
Andrea

28 comments:

  1. I love love love cucumbers! I like them with sea salt and apple cider vinegar and in Greek salads. This sounds delicious though. Do you think I'd have trouble finding those Korean spices on the road??? Or perhaps I could substitute other types of chili???

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    1. I have only seen Korean chili powder and gochujang in Korean grocery stores. Gochujang has a very unique (delicious!) flavor, so if you substituted other chilis, I think it would change the taste quite a bit, but I can imagine it still being good.

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  2. This looks divine! I do like cucumbers, a lot, and my favorite way to eat them is simply sliced and dipped in ranch dressing :) I also like them chopped and adding to salads and quinoa salads.

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    1. I love cucumbers in quinoa salads!

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  3. Glad to hear you and your husband had a fun date night! My hubby and I had a date night as well last night, and the kids stayed at my in-laws last night, so now we're having a relaxing Sunday morning :-). I love cucumbers and my daughter has been on a cucumber kick lately. Your recipe looks delicious!

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    1. Glad you guys had a date night plus a relaxing Sunday morning! :)

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  4. Im addicted to the hothouse (english?) cucumbers. sliced and with my fingers :)

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  5. I love cucumber, specially during spring and summer and my favorite way to have it is in salad like this one. Actually I asked my mom to make a Chinese cucumber salad for dinner! :)

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  6. I used to be kind of meh about cucumbers but I like them a lot more now. Lately my favourite way to use them is in homemade tzatziki. I love how much flavour you get in such healthy, lo cal food. Last week I had a veggie burger with tzatziki and feta cheese on top, no bun, with a greek salad on the side. So decadent and delicious and right on plan. :)

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    1. I love tzatziki. It truly makes everything better! Your burger sounds great!

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  7. I do,love cucumbers but have never eaten them like this. I usually eat them thinly sliced plain, dipped in humus or on a salad.

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    1. I love all kinds of veggies dipped in hummus!

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  8. Sounds like a fun date Andrea.

    Cucumbers are not my favorite vegetables but I do eat them. I like them most in a Greek salad with tomato, olives, red onion and feta cheese.

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    1. Greek salads are my favorite, and I can't wait for tomatoes to be in season again!

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  9. I love cucumbers and this is a great way to eat them! It looks delicious.

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  10. I do like cucumbers, but these cucumbers look so flavorful!

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  11. I LOVE cucumbers!
    This dish looks just fabulous! I really need a change with the veggies. I will have to bookmark this recipe. :)
    Looks like a delicious date night!

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    1. Thanks!

      And, yes, it was a delicious date night! :)

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  12. Love cucumbers in juices and love pickles too. Love the cool and spicy combo here.

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  13. I am on a Korean kick, made Korean beef for dinner. Now I have your recipes for making a full meal. Wonderful.

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