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Korean Food: Spicy Squid And Watercress Dish (오징어 미나리 초무침)

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Koreans like seafood a lot, so there are many different kinds of seafood dishes in Korean cuisine. The unique flavor of watercress is great in combination with the boiled squid and the spicy sauce.
Main ingredients:
  Squid 1 Medium (About 2/3 Cup)
  Watercress 3 1⁄2 Ounce
  Onion 2⁄3 Cup (10.67 tbs)
  Watercress 3 1⁄2 Ounce, chop in 3-inch length
  Cucumber 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Cucumber 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs), chop (Cut diagonally)
  Red pepper paste 2 1⁄2 Tablespoon
  Red pepper powder 1⁄2 Tablespoon
Seasoning ingredients:
  Brown rice vinegar/Apple vinegar 4 Teaspoon
  Sugar 1 Tablespoon
  Minced garlic 1 Teaspoon
  Vinegar 4 Teaspoon (Brown Rice Vinegar or Apple Vinegar)
  Sesame seeds 1 Teaspoon
  Sesame oil 1 Teaspoon
  Salt 1⁄4 Teaspoon

1. To make a fancy pattern on the squid, make scratch lines 1/4 inch apart with a knife on the squid. Then divide the squid into two halves. Make scratches with the knife just like before in the vertical direction, 1/8-inch apart. At every third scratch cut the squid all the way through into pieces. You will get 2/3 cup.

2. In a pan, boil water and add the watercress in it. Add salt. Boil it for 20 seconds on high heat. Immediately after 20 seconds remove the watercress and quickly put it into ice chilled water.
3. Take a pan with 2 cups of water, bring it to boil and cook the squid pieces in it for 3 minutes on high heat.
4. Squeeze the water out of the watercress, you will get about 1/3 cup of watercress.
5. In a mixing bowl, combine the squid, watercress, cucumber, onion and all the seasoning ingredients. Mix well.

6. Serve with rice, soup and other Korean side dishes.

Removing the boiled watercress immediately after 20 seconds from the boiling water and quickly putting it into ice cold water helps retain its green color.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Preparation Time: 
20 Minutes
Cook Time: 
15 Minutes
Ready In: 
35 Minutes
If you like experimenting with new and unique dishes, like the ones you that you get in fine dining restaurants, then try this one. This salad has a unusual combination of flavors and textures. If you love squid, you’ll like this dish. Well, unless you don’t like watercress. It makes a pretty summer appetizer and though spicy it is quite refreshing and light on the pallet.

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