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Cookbook Countdown #3 : Recipe No. 8 - Hot and Sour Cucumber Salad
from my selected cookbook for this month, My China by Kylie Kwong
I harvested three cucumbers from my garden pot and made this Hot and Sour Cucumber Salad which is really nice. This is similar to a quick pickle. Sour, sweet, salty and crisp, with flavours from the garlic, ginger, spring onions and chillies. I mixed everything and keep covered in the refrigerator for a couple of hours before eating it. Great when eaten cold.
Simple, quick and easy.
Hot and Sour Cucumber Salad
(adapted from "My China", Kylie Kwong)
4 small cucumbers - about 875gm (1 lb 12oz) in total, peeled
1 large green chilli, de-seeded and finely sliced
1 large red chilli, de-seeded and finely sliced
2 spring onions (scallions), trimmed and finely sliced
4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
5cm (2in) piece ginger, finely chopped
1 tablespoon brown sugar
3 tablespoons brown rice vinegar
3 tablespoons light soy sauce
2 teaspoons sesame oil
Cut cucumbers in half lengthways and then into 5mm (1/4 in) slices on the diagonal.
In a bowl, combine cucumber with chillies and spring onion.
To make the dressing, combine ingredients in a small bowl. Spoon dressing over salad, toss gently and serve.
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