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Monday, February 1, 2010

Hot & Sour Cucumber Salad

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honestly, i had every intention of following the recipe. makes life easier. didn't work out that way. i served this as a side to some rice and some meat dish. it has a spicy end but at first bite it's sweet and sour. very pleasant.

Hot & Sour Cucumber Salad
adapted from Kylie Whong:Simply Magic

1 English Cucumber
1 small onion, rough chopped
Fish sauce, to taste
sea salt
rice vinegar
white wine
Lemon Juice, to taste
1 chili pepper of your choice

forgive me, kylie's recipe calls for huge amounts and i only had one cucumber handy. it's all about taste and i winged it.

cut english cucumber into bite size pieces. rough chop the onions. sprinkle some sugar and salt, mix well, put in fridge and ignore for an hour.

meanwhile in a small sauce pan throw in a healthy splash of rice vinegar and white wine - i'd say it equaled out to about a cup total. (maybe if you had the white wine vinegar handy already, use that instead. the original recipe calls for it but i had to improvise.) add in about 1/2 -3/4 cup of sugar, again it's all about taste. bring to a simmer and let sugar to dissolve. once it reduces and is syrupy, take off heat and cool. when ready to eat, take cucumber/onions concoction out, drain away any excess liquid. dice up some hot chili pepper, i used red and green, and add to the bowl. pour the cooled syrup over the cucumbers/onions, mixing well. for taste squeeze the lemon and sprinkle on some fish sauce.

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today's song: Rascal Flatts, I Melt