涼拌黃瓜 Cold Cucumber Salad

Vegetable side dishes are very important in Taiwan, since pretty much all the Taiwanese have at least one vegetable side dish with every meal (and usually a soup at the end). No matter how many vegetables are in the “main dish.” 涼拌黃瓜(liang ban huang gua) Cold Cucumber Salad is one of several very popular side/vegetable dish in Taiwan. Especially during the long hot summer, which accounts for about 9 months of the year, or so it feels to me.

The cucumbers they grow and use in Taiwan are a bit different than what you will find in a your average American grocery store. Much skinnier, a bit like a miniature English Cucumber. Which of course is the cucumber I use here. Make this dish several hours in advance to let the flavors meld, it will keep for several days in the fridge.

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium English cucumber
  • 1/4 carrot, cut into matchsticks
  • 5 slices of ginger, cut into matchsticks
  • 2 cloves of garlic, thinly sliced or minced
  • 1 red chili pepper, sliced
  • 1 T. sugar
  • 2 T. white vinegar
  • 1 T. sesame oil

Method:

  1. Cut the cucumber into two inch lengths. Split each length into sixths or eighths lengthwise. Put the cucumber pieces in a nonreactive colander, salt liberally and toss to coat evenly. Leave the cucumbers for 30 minutes then rinse in cold water, gently squeeze out any extra water.
  2. Put the cucumber, shredded carrot, shredded ginger, sliced garlic, and the sliced chili pepper  in a bowl. Add the sugar, vinegar, and sesame oil and toss to mix. Cover and put in the refrigerator for at least 6 hours (stirring occasionally).

Cucumber salad among the sides in Puli 埔里, Taiwan

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