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While slowly fermented cabbage and pungent garlic are the ingredients most people associate with kimchi, there are dozens and dozens of other versions of Korea's national dish, featuring all manner of vegetables, such as these quickly pickled cucumbers with just a trace of garlic.

Jamie Purviance
Source: EatingWell Magazine, July/August 2010

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Cut cucumbers in half lengthwise and then crosswise into 1/8-inch-thick half moons. Place in a medium bowl and mix thoroughly with salt. Let stand at room temperature for about 30 minutes.

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  • Meanwhile, combine garlic, scallions, ginger, vinegar, chile powder, sugar and fish sauce in a medium nonreactive bowl (see Tip).

  • Drain the cucumbers (discard the liquid). Stir the cucumbers into the vinegar mixture. Cover and refrigerate for 12 to 24 hours before serving.

Tips

Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 1 week.

Notes: Korean chile powder (gochugaru, gochugalu or Korean “crushed red pepper”) is made from thin red peppers that are sun-dried on woven mats or strung together and hung from the eaves of thatch-roofed houses throughout the countryside. Find it in Korean or Asian markets or online from koamart.com. Store, airtight, in the refrigerator or freezer indefinitely.

Fish sauce is a pungent Southeast Asian condiment made from salted, fermented fish. Find it in the Asian-food section of large supermarkets and in Asian specialty markets. We use Thai Kitchen fish sauce, lower in sodium than other brands (1,190 mg per tablespoon), in our recipe testing and nutritional analyses.

Tip: A nonreactive bowl or pan--stainless-steel, enamel-coated or glass--is necessary when cooking with acidic foods, such as vinegar, to prevent the food from reacting with it.

Nutrition Facts

8 calories; protein 0.3g; carbohydrates 1.9g; dietary fiber 0.3g; sugars 0.9g; fat 0.1g; vitamin a iu 96IU; vitamin c 1.2mg; folate 3.1mcg; calcium 7.3mg; iron 0.2mg; magnesium 5.3mg; potassium 61.1mg; sodium 64mg; added sugar 1g.
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