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
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.
today's song: Rascal Flatts, I Melt