“As a Korean, kimchi is everything to me. In Korea most of us have a fridge dedicated for just storing kimchi!”

Kimchi, a type of fermented dish made of seasoned vegetables is one of the staple side dishes (Banchan 반찬) from Korea. This particular process of fermentation has historical records dating back as long as 4000 years. Best served with warm rice along with other banchan dishes and soups.

As a professional chef, Eun puts a spin in the presentation of one of her favourite kimchis, the cucumber kimchi Oi-Sobagi (오이소박이). She shares that one of the most important ingredients here is the Korean salted shrimps that you can get from most Korean grocery stores. Another ingredient that she loves to use in this recipe is the Korean green plum syrup.

“It adds beautiful complexity to the dish.”

Who Eun Choi
Home is Pohang, South Korea
Family origin Korea
I can’t live without Family
Occupation Chef
Dream Job Restaurant owner
Currently I’m obsessed with Music
Childhood taste Mum’s food
I will always have in my pantry Ramyon
I learnt to cook from Mum
Currently I’m listening to Tiny desk concert
One day I must visit Mexico
Go to meal Spicy Asian food
I am really good at Slicing. Knife skills
The unforgettable meal When mum cooked my birthday meal but I wasn’t there in Korea
My piece of Sydney Inner west
Favourite spice Korean chili powder
Best flavour combo Sweet and savoury
Guilty pleasure Post Malone
Who does the dishes Me

Eun’s food Waste Tips

I try not to peel my vegetables as long as they are washed thoroughly. I like to keep spring onion roots and freeze them. They are great ingredients to make simple stock. I use corn skin to make smoked cheese. It adds so much flavour to the cheese.

Oi Sobagi (오이소박이) Korean Cucumber Kimchi

Prep time: | Cook time: | Serves 3-4

  • 3 large cucumber
  • Brine Mixture
  • 1L water
  • 1/2 cup cooking salt
  • 1 tbs sugar
  • Stuffing Ingredients
  • 1 white onion finely diced 
  • 3 tbs mince garlic 
  • 1/2 small carrot julienned
  • 2 small bunch chives finely sliced
  • 1/2 cup Korean red chili powder
  • 1/2 cup Korean green plum syrup
  • 3 tbs of Korean matsul (mirin)
  • 3tbs Korean salted shrimps
  • 2tbs fish sauce
  • Sesame seeds for sprinkle 
  1. Wash and cut a slit (about 3/4 deep) lengthways on each of the cucumber and soak in brine mixture of 1L water, 1/2cup of salt and 1tbs sugar for at least 30 mins. Drain the water after soaking.
  2. In a mixing bowl, mix in the kimchi stuffing ingredients well. Carefully stuff as much stuffing as you can into the cucumber slit.
  3. Slice the the stuffed cucumber into about 2cm thickness.
  4. Kimchi keeps for 1 week in the fridge.
  5. Serve with warm rice.
Posted: Aug 4 2023
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