Discover Korean Food 93: Dr. Sook-Ja Yoon’s “Oiseon, Stuffed Cucumber ”

Oiseon is a dish of cucumbers stuffed with beef, brown oak mushrooms, and egg white and yolk garnish. The cucumbers are slit with a knife and the filling is tucked into the slits. They are then sprinkled with sweet vinegar sauce. It has a tantalizing sweet and sour taste and a pretty color. This dish stimulates the appetite and is usually served as an appetizer.

200 g (1 ea) cucumber, 200 g (1 cup) water, 4 g (1 tbsp) salt
30 g beef, 10 g (2 sheets) brown oak mushrooms
60 g (1 ea) egg, 8 g (2 tsp) edible oil, 0.1 g shred red pepper
*Sweet vinegar : 4 g (1 tsp) salt, 24 g (2 tbsp) sugar, 60 g (4 tbsp) vinegar, 15 g (1 tbsp) water
*Seasoning sauce : 6 g (1 tsp) soy sauce, 4 g ( 1tsp) sugar, 2.3 g (½ tsp) minced green onion, 1.1 g (1/5 tsp) minced garlic, 1 g (½ tsp) sesame salt, 0.1 g ground black pepper, 2 g (½ tsp) sesame oil

1. Wash the cucumber by rubbing, halve it lengthwise, put 3 diagonal slits at intervals of 0.5 cm-wide on the skin side and cut off at the 4th slit.
2. Marinate cucumber in salt water for 15 min, wipe water by dry cotton cloths (160 g).
3. Clean blood of beef with cotton cloths, shred it into 2.5 cm-long and 0.2 cm-wide/thick.
4. Soak the brown oak mushrooms in water for about 1 hour, remove stems and shred it into same size of beef (30 g), season the beef and mushrooms together with seasoning sauce.
5. Panfry egg for yellow/white garnish and cut it finely into same size of beef.
6. Cut the shred red pepper into 1 cm of length.
7. Blend sweet vinegar.

1. Preheat the frying pan and oil. Stir-fry the cucumber for 1 min. on high heat, then cool it down (150 g).
2. Preheat the frying pan and oil. Stir-fry the beef and mushrooms for 2 min. respectively on medium heat.
3. Insert the fried beef and mushrooms into the slits together and add the yellow/white garnish.
4. Top the shred red pepper on the garnished cucumber. Place it on a dish and sprinkle sweet vinegar. Sweet vinegar may be served in a side bowl instead of sprinkling.

·Select thin, straight and soft cucumber.
·Sweet vinegar should be sprinkled just before serving for better taste and better colour.

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