Smashed Cucumber Salad

Easy to make Chinese spicy smashed cucumber salad (拍黄瓜) only needs 5 minutes preparation. This is a light and refreshing cold dish for hot summers, popular on Chinese restaurant menus and in home cooking kitchen.

smashed cucumber salad

Cooking tips before starting off

Note 1: We recommend using a wide knife to smash the cucumber, ideally a Chinese cutting knife.

Note 2: If you love to make a milder version by omitting the chili oil, heat up around 1 tablespoon of oil and drizzle over the salad. Because cooked oil (熟油) brings a different flavor from uncooked oil in Chinese cuisine.

Note 3: The chili oil should be prepared at least one day ahead, so the flavors can combine well and the red color can be well-formed.

Note 4: If possible, remove the soft pulp with seed to maximize the crunchy and crispy texture.

Note 5: We recommend pickling the cucumber for 5-10 minutes with salt and discard the liquid, otherwise it dilutes our seasonings added later.


Ingredients

  • 2 cucumber
  • 1 small bunch coriander, cut into 1 inch sections and keep some for decoration
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 1/4 red bell pepper, shredded
  • 1 tbsp. light soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp. sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp. chili oil
  • 1 tbsp. vinegar
  • 3 garlic cloves, grated

How to make smashed cucumber salad

Remove the tough skins and the two ends. Cut the cucumber in center lengthwise.

Then smash the cucumber with a wide knife (recommend using a Chinese cutting knife). Optionally you can remove the pule.  Cut the cucumber into 3-4cm length sections. Transfer to a large bowl.

Sprinkle salt, mix well and set aside for 10 minutes. Discard the liquid in the bottom.

Add coriander and bell pepper shred along with all of the seasonings. Mix well and serve directly. If you want to make the dish even prettier, add some fresh coriander and drizzle some chili oil on top.

smashed cucumber salad


Smashed Cucumber Salad
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Serves: 4
 
A popular Chinese cold salad-- spicy smashed cucumber salad
Ingredients
  • 2 cucumber
  • 1 small bunch coriander, cut into 1 inch sections and keep some for decoration
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • ¼ red bell pepper, shredded
  • 1 tbsp. light soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp. sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp. chili oil
  • 1 tbsp. vinegar
  • 3 garlic cloves, grated
Instructions
  1. Remove the tough skins and the two ends. Cut the cucumber in center lengthwise.
  2. Then smash the cucumber with a wide knife (recommend using a Chinese cutting knife). Optionally you can remove the pule. Then cut into 3-4cm length sections. Transfer to a large bowl.
  3. Sprinkle salt, mix well and set aside for 10 minutes. Discard the liquid in the bottom.
  4. Add coriander and bell pepper shred along with all of the seasonings. Mix well and serve directly.

 

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