Smashed cucumbers are an unusual Chinese snack in which vegetables are beaten off with a kitchen mallet.
Smashed cucumbers are a refreshing spicy fresh vegetable snack popular in China and other Asian countries. To prepare this salad, cucumbers are beaten off with a kitchen hammer so that they are saturated with marinade. It is recommended to use young cucumbers plucked from the garden. Salad can be served with sausages, barbecue or meat sauce.
Smashed cucumbers in Chinese
- Fresh cucumbers – 6 pcs.
- Chili pepper or other hot pepper – 1 pc.
- Sesame or sunflower oil – 2 tbsp. l.
- Soy sauce – 2 tbsp. l.
- Sugar – 1 tbsp. l.
- Salt – 0.5 tsp
- Apple cider vinegar – 2 tbsp. l.
- Fresh cilantro – 3 branches.
- Sesame – 1 tsp
- Garlic – 2 cloves.
Rinse cucumbers thoroughly and dry. Cut the cucumbers in half lengthwise and put in a bag or cover with a film. Beat the cucumbers with a rolling pin or a meat mallet so that they crack. But do not overdo it so that the vegetables do not turn into porridge.
Cut the chopped cucumbers diagonally into large pieces. Add finely chopped garlic and chili peppers. Adjust the amount of pepper to taste. Add chopped cilantro, sesame or sunflower oil, soy sauce, sugar and vinegar to the cucumbers. Mix cucumbers well with marinade. Leave the cucumbers in the marinade in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
Sprinkle ready-made broken cucumbers with sesame seeds and serve with meat, fish or fried sausages. If desired, greens and nuts can be added to the salad. Store broken cucumbers in a closed glass jar in the refrigerator for no more than 3 days.