Oisobag-i / Oi Kimchi – Cucumber Kimchi

오이소박이/오 김치
The cool crisp flavor of cucumbers melded with the salty, garlicky, spicy flavor of kimchi. Oi Sobagi is one of my favorites and makes regular appearances at the dinner table.


6 medium unwaxed cucumbers

2 tablespoons salt

1 bunch Korean chives

6 green onions

1 small Daikon radish

Seasoning Paste

4 cloves garlic

1/2 small white or yellow onion

1 ounce fresh ginger

1 tablespoon salt

3 tablespoons medium ground red chile pepper

1 tablespoon gochugaru (fine ground)

1 teaspoon sugar


1 teaspoon shrimp paste


  • Prepare the Cucumbers:
    • Cut cucumbers in half across the middle.
    • Slice the cucumber sections in half lengthwise, leaving the last 1/4 inch uncut.
    • Turn the cucumber section half way and repeat.
    • Lightly salt the inside surfaces and let stand for at least twenty minutes. Rinse, drain, and place in a large non metallic mixing bowl.
  • Prepare the vegetables:
    • Grate or shred the Daikon and lightly salt.
    • Fine chop the green onion
  • Mix the Seasoning Paste:
    • Place the garlic, onion half, and ginger into a blender with just enough water to blend into thick smooth paste. Pour into a medium non metallic mixing bowl.
    • Add all other seasoning ingredients and mix well. Add water as needed to maintain a thick paste.
    • Add chive, daikon, and green onion, mix well.
    • Let stand fifteen to twenty minutes.
  • Stuff Cucumber
    • Carefully stuff the seasoning paste into the slotted cucumber. Be careful not to break the uncut ends.
    • Place stuffed cucumber into a large glass container, cover tightly, and let stand at least one hour.

Refrigerate and serve cold with your favorite Korean meal.

Nutrition Facts

Nutrition information calculated from recipe ingredients.

Serving size: About three ounces.

Percent daily values based on the Reference Daily Intake (RDI) for a 2000 calorie diet.

Amount Per Serving

Calories 17.88

Calories From Fat (6%) 1.11

Calories From Protein (10%) 1.84

Calories From Carbohydrates (83%) 14.93

Calories From Alcohol (0%) 0

% Daily Value

Total Fat 0.14g <1%

Saturated Fat 0.04g <1%

Monounsaturated Fat 0.01g

Polyunsaturated Fat 0.04g

Trans Fatty Acids 0g

Cholesterol 0mg 0%

Sodium 374.86mg 16%

Potassium 156.7mg 4%

Total Carbohydrates 4.2g 1%

Fiber 0.74g 3%

Sugar 1.72g

Sugar Alcohols 0g

Net Carbohydrates 3.46g

Protein 0.73g 1%

Vitamin A 185.32IU 4%

Vitamin C 3.99mg 7%

Calcium 18.22mg 2%

Iron 0.33mg 2%

Vitamin E 0.16mg 2%

Vitamin D 0IU 0%

Thiamin 0.03mg 2%

Riboflavin 0.04mg 2%

Niacin 0.16mg <1%

Vitamin B6 0.05mg 3%

Folate 12.23mcg 3%

Vitamin B12 0mcg 0%

Pantothenic Acid 0.22mg 2%

Vitamin K 26.82mcg 34%

Phosphorus 22.57mg 2%

Magnesium 12.42mg 3%

Zinc 0.19mg 1%

Copper 0.04mg 2%

Manganese 0.1mg 5%

Selenium 0.35mcg <1%

Alcohol 0g

Caffeine 0mg

Water 80g 0%

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