12.205 Mul Oi Sobagi

Cycle 12 – Cycle 205

29 (Thu) July 2021

Mul Oi Sobagi


by Mom

at home

-Changgok, Sujeong, Seongnam, Gyeonggi, Republic of Korea-

with the Family

In its standard form, oi sobagi is cucumber kimchi (see for example 11.278 Truly a Felicitous Combination), stuffed with punchy ingredients (gochugaru, garlic, fish sauce) and dry fermented.


The non-standard version here was pickled in a brine bath with minimal aromatics (chives, onions, carrots).  My mother saw the dish for the first time on a cooking program and was so intrigued by the simplicity of it that she made a batch and shared some with us.  I haven’t been able to determine if the recipe is an obscure regional variation or a newfangled one.  Technically, maybe it’s more like mul kimchi with cucumbers, rather than oi sobagi in water.

In any case, it was amazing.  The pickling intensified the pure essence of cucumber, with the aromatics providing delicate points of enhancement.  Except the quartering, nothing about the dish was uniquely Korean, but the overall impression was somehow very Korean.


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