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Taiwanese Cucumber salad

Taiwanese Cucumber salad

This cold cucumber salad keeps well in a covered container in the fridge for up to a day. Beyond one day, there is much more liquid water collected in the dish and the liquid also tends to have a ‘stickier’ feel. You can discard some of this liquid before serving. Since this recipe is so easy, it is recommended to make what you need and finish eating them on the same day.

Check out the step-by-step pictures on the previous page.


  • 250g (1 big longish or 2-3 smaller ones) Japanese cucumber
  • 1 tsp fine sea salt

(A) Seasonings

  • 1 tbsp clear rice vinegar
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/2 finger-length red chilli de-seeded & diced; for colour
  • 2 red chilli padi de-seeded & diced; optional, for heat
  • 1/2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp fine sugar

You also need

  • food container with tight-fitting lid


  1. Cut the cucumbers. Trim and discard both ends of cucumber. Cut cucumber to 4 cm sections, then halved lengthwise and cut each piece to 2-3 smaller logs. Optional: scrap off some of the seeds with a spoon if preferred.
  2. ‘Sweat’ the cucumbers to make them crunchy. Rub cut cucumber with salt and leave them in a bowl for 30 minutes. After that, discard water collected in the bowl. Rinse cucumber to get rid of the excess salt. Drain and add prepped cucumber in a container.
  3. Pickle the cucumbers. Combine prepped cucumbers with seasonings (A), close the lid and shake to coat the everything evenly. Keep covered and chill in the fridge for half hour before serving.
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3 comments on “Taiwanese Cucumber salad”

  1. Yes yes, a small section of 涼拌菜 , dishes stored in the fridge :) ..but sometimes I don’t dare to take them because I don’t know how “fresh” they are. But if made at home, it is different – guaranteed fresh, and even if stored as leftovers, I also feel “safe” about it :P

    How is weather? Been raining?

    • I know… I prefer those not stored in the fridge as they tend to be fresher.

      It was raining and cold (15C) in Taipei over the weekend. But this week is better. Pray for no rain and it will be really nice weather. Are you in TW/SG/US now? Wherever you are, have fun :)

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