Hot and Sour Cucumber Salad

A simple raw and Asian-inspired salad.


  • 1 pound Asian cucumbers
  • ¼ cup white rice or cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ ounce fresh red chili, finely sliced
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped garlic


Slice the cucumbers in half lengthways and, using a teaspoon, remove the seeds. Cut the cucumber halves into 3-inch by ½inch pieces. Combine the cucumber pieces with the rest of the ingredients in a bowl and allow them to marinate for at least 4 hours or more in the refrigerator, stirring them from time to time. When you are ready to serve, drain them thoroughly.


Asian Vegetarian Feast, by Ken Hom