This version of kimchi is one of the most popular. It is fresh and crunchy and makes for a yummy side dish for many a meal.
Using a small knife, cut each cucumber crosswise into 2-inch (5-centimetre) pieces. Stand the pieces on their cut sides. Cut each piece two-thirds of the way down into quarters lengthwise, keeping them attached at the bottom.
Sprinkle the cucumbers with salt, making sure to stuff inside the cuts of the cucumbers. Place in a single layer on their cuts sides in a glass or other nonreactive dish, cover, and let sit at room temperature for 1 hour to soften.
Meanwhile, prepare the chili paste mix. In the bowl of a food processor, combine all of the remaining ingredients except for the chives. Pulse until a coarse paste forms. Stir in the chives.
Rinse the salted cucumbers very well under cold water, making sure to evacuate the crevices, and shake dry.
Spread open the cucumbers and using plastic gloves, stuff the chili mix into and around each piece generously.
Place into a container, packed somewhat tightly, and press in any remaining chili paste and liquid. Seal tightly.
Allow the cucumbers to ferment at room temperature for 24 hours.
Refrigerate until ready to serve.
In a medium sized bowl, mix all of the above ingredients together and stir to coat the radish well. Cover and chill for 1 hour before serving.
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