酸辣黄瓜 Sour and Spicy Cucumber

May 17th, 2010 in Appetizer by Chris 0
酸辣黄瓜 Sour and Spicy Cucumber

Pinyin: suān là huáng guā

Cucumbers are part of the squash family and have been cultivated by man for at least 3,000 years. Botanically speaking a cucumber is a fruit just like a tomato, but basically everyone considers them a vegetable. Many varieties are grown throughout the world and the vast majority of them are eaten unripe since a ripe cucumber is generally far too bitter to stomach.

The cucumber dish shown above is a classic Chinese appetizer. It’s also one of the few dishes in Chinese cuisine that serves raw vegetables. The cucumbers pieces are mixed with oil, garlic, salt, and red peppers that when combined turn out really tasty.

To make this dish you’ll need:

1-2 cucumbers
2 cloves minced garlic
2 tsps salt
1tbsp oil
1 tsps sesame oil
2 chopped spicy peppers

Cut the cucumbers into pieces then crush them slightly to release the juices. I recommend crushing the cucumber by turning the knife on it’s side on the cucumber pieces and press down firmly with your palm (crushing the cucumber is key to the success of this dish). Add the cucumber, garlic, oil, sesame oil, salt, and peppers to a bowl and stir. You can chill it in the refrigerator or serve immediately.

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