Oi Muchim (Cucumber Salad with Chilli Powder)

Traditionally Korean family food has three key components in a meal: rice, soup and some side dishes  called “Banchan”.According to our traditional way of preapring meals, we usually set out either three, five,  seven or nine Banchan on our dinner table.Oi Muchim is a popular inexpensive side dish. Koreans think about balanced nutrition with their Banchan.

Therefore if you have one or two vegetable side dishes on your dinner table then you need to add one or more meat or fish side dishes too.

Oi Muchim is one of the easiest and quickest side dishes to prepare and I personally think that this is a good (very low calorie) complement to a glass of beer.

Preparation time: Less than 10 minutes

Cooking time: Less than 10 minutes


  • A large cucumber,  trimmed and sliced at 2-3 mm
  • 20g carrots trimmed finely sliced.
  • A shallot, trimmed finely sliced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, grated
  • 30g Romano pepper, trimmed finely sliced
  • 2/3  teaspoon,  finely chopped Thai chili
  • 1 teaspoon, sliced spring onions.
  • 1 teaspoon, sugar.
  • 1 tablespoon, toasted sesame seeds
  • 1  teaspoon,  chilli powder
  • A pinch of salt, a pinch of white pepper

Tip: You can add some honey or sesame oil if you find the taste is too salty.

How to make Oi Muchim

If you do not have Korean chilli powder then use normal chilli powder which you can buy from any supermarket.

You need to use toasted sesame seeds. Toasted sesame seeds give a nutty flavour and crispy smell too.

(You always need to toast sesame seeds before using them in any Korean food)

If you have a disposable gloves then you should wear then when mixing all ingredients together.

That’s it!


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