Chinese-Korean Cucumber Kimchi

Chinese-Korean Cucumber Kimchi

6 Reviews 1 Pic
  • Prep

    25 m
  • Cook

    5 m
  • Ready In

    3 h
Helena C
Recipe by  Helena C

“Delicious and easy Korean-style refrigerator pickles with a bit of Chinese flair! It goes very well with Korean BBQ dishes. ”

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Original recipe yields 10 servings



  1. Mix the cucumbers and sea salt together in a bowl, let stand for 30 minutes to let the cucumbers soften. Drain, and rinse with fresh water.
  2. While the cucumbers are standing in salt, whisk together the sugar, vinegar, and water in a saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and stir in the chili bean sauce and hot chili oil.
  3. Mix the cucumbers with sliced chiles, onion, and garlic in a heatproof airtight container, and pour the hot vinegar mixture over the vegetables. Cover and refrigerate for 2 to 3 hours to blend the flavors. Serve chilled.

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My husband REALLY liked this one! I didn't have the chili bean sauce or the chili oil, so I replaced both those ingredients with equal parts Sriracha. My apologies to the recipe submitter--I know Sriracha is not nearly the same thing, but it was the best I could come up with :) For anyone wondering how it tastes, it tastes like cucumbers in a hot & sweet vinaigrette. Thanks, I'll make this again!



This has become my go-to recipe for potlucks. The dish always comes home empty. The only changes I made is to use English cucumbers and replaced the chili bean paste with equal parts black bean sauce and chili garlic sauce. These two sauces are readily available at most grocery stores and combine to make a very good tasting and spicier substitute for the chili bean paste.



I don't have the chili bean sauce or fresh peppers but I've made this twice now with just the hot chili oil and it is so easy, quick, and tasty. I plan to pick up the chili bean sauce the next time I'm at the Asian grocery so I can make it as intended.

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Amount Per Serving (10 total)

  • Calories
  • 80 cal
  • 4%
  • Fat
  • 1.3 g
  • 2%
  • Carbs
  • 17.4 g
  • 6%
  • Protein
  • 1.8 g
  • 4%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Sodium
  • 4415 mg
  • 177%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet



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