This is an easy and quickly made dish with authentic Sichuan flavours. The complex flavours of the sauce make the fresh cucumber a complete dish.

Spicy szechuan cucumber

Smacked cucumbers

“Smacked cucumber” this salad is called. The cucumber is smacked/ slapped into small chunks instead of cut. The reason: the irregular edges make it easier for a sauce to stick on.

And this sauce will certainly stick! It has a nice amount of garlic, a sour of the complex black vinegar and punch of Sichuan oil. You have to make the latter yourself first.

Don’t have time for this? Mix a teaspoon of ready-to-eat chili oil from the Asian food shop with a spoon of neutral oil and if desired a pinch of Chinese 5-spice powder. Oil from the store is often much spicier and does not have the aromatic flavours of a homemade Sichuan oil.

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Vegetable Dish: Spicy Cucumber With Szechuan Pepper

This is an easy and quickly made dish with authentic Szechuan flavours. The complex flavours of the sauce make the fresh cucumber a complete dish.

  • Author: Kamwoj
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 6
  • Total Time: 11 minutes
  • Category: side dish
  • Method: mixing
  • Cuisine: Chinese
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Ingredients

A

  • 500 g snack cucumbers
  • 1 tsp salt

B

  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp Chinese black vinegar
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce (not the dark one)
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp Sichuan chili oil with chili flakes, to your own taste
  • ½ tsp sesame oil, optional
  • 1 tsp roasted white sesame seeds, optional

Instructions

Instructions

  1. Cut the tops of the cucumber.
  2. Lay the blade of a large knife flat on a cucumber. Hit the knife with your hand to break the cucumber in half (careful!). Do this with all cucumbers.
  3. Break the cucumbers into equal pieces.
  4. Massage the salt into the cucumber pieces. Let stand for fifteen minutes to half an hour.
  5. Mix all ingredients for the sauce.
  6. Drain the moisture that has leaked out of the cucumbers.
  7. Mix the cucumber pieces with the sauce and serve immediately.

Keywords: cucumber, salad, spicy, side dish, Szechuan, smacked cucumber, pepper

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