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How to Make Korean Cucumber Kimchi Like a Pro

If you love watching K-drama like me, you’ve probably seen them eat different types of Kimchi and wanted to try it. You might have even gone to eat it at a restaurant, and even though you loved it, your bank account did not. So, you decided to learn how to make it instead because how hard can it be, right? Yes, this is about me. 

Lucky for you, you don’t have to try different recipes because I’ve found the perfect one.

Ingredients for two servings: 

  • Eight small cucumbers
  • Sesame oil
  • Sesame seeds
  • Green and red onions
  • Salt
  • Rice vinegar
  • Minced garlic
  • Sugar
  • Gochugaru, aka chilli powder 


  1. Go to the market, argue with your local mallam about the price of your cucumber but not too much, so you don’t get bitter ones. He’ll most likely be selling the onions too. Go to the supermarket to get sesame seeds, oil, and rice vinegar. If you’re impatient, don’t try to learn how to make that rice vinegar online. It will end in tears. 
  1. Cut up your cucumbers into thin slices in a bowl. Marinate in salt to draw out the moisture, mix well and cover it up for at least 15 minutes. 
  1. While it marinates, mince your garlic, green and red onions, and set them aside for later. While waiting, you can test your knowledge of iconic K-drama lines
  1. After 15 minutes, drain the bowl. Rinse the cucumber once and strain it for twenty minutes or until you’re sure it’s dry. If you have to ask yourself if it’s dry, leave it for another 10 minutes.
  1. Add two tablespoons of rice vinegar or three cause I know you will add extra. Add two tablespoons of sugar and two tablespoons of sesame oil. Mix well. 
  1. Add your minced garlic, onions, a tablespoon of sesame seeds and three to four tablespoons of chilli pepper. Please give it a good mix. 
  1. Taste it and adjust the seasoning to your preference
  1. Here’s the most challenging part. Refrigerate it overnight. Or you can eat it in thirty minutes. Who will judge you? 

Cucumber Kimchi is a sweet and tangy meal served as a side dish and eaten with rice or meat. If you’re like me, you can eat it like that. Serve it and watch all your family members try to taste and eventually finish your food. Sorry in advance. 

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