Korean spicy cucumber salad oi-muchim 🥒

Cucumber kimchi in a bowl

This simple Korean cucumber salad is the perfect side dish to serve at home. It is very a very common side dish at Korean restaurants. Some people even call this cucumber kimchi (I used to), but technically it is not kimchi. Since it is quickly prepared, not normally fermented, and can be eaten fresh, it’s not kimchi. But whatever you call it is a delicious recipe.

You can let this dish ferment before eating if you wish to do so. However, the cucumbers quickly lose their crunch and become mushy.

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Korean spicy tofu wings 🥢

Fried tofu in a spicy sauce on a plate

Who doesn’t love spicy chicken wings? My favorites are the Korean ones with spicy or yangnyeom sauce. In Korean these are 두부 양념 치킨. To keep this gout friendly we will substitute extra firm tofu for wings. The sauce will have enough flavor to keep this from being a boring tofu recipe. Tofu cooked in this style is called Dubu-gangjeong (두부강정)

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In Korea going out for chimek (chicken and beer) is quite common. Everywhere you go you will see fried chicken places. Eating spicy chicken makes it easy to drink lots of beer. But since I have gout eating lots of fried chicken and drinking beer is off the menu. But I still like the flavor of KFC or Korean fried chicken. This recipe satisfies the urge for KFC and is gout friendly. 

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