Wednesday, April 30, 2008
It is the season of mini cucumbers and the only thing I can think of besides pickling it is to marinate it and prepare it as a cold dish. Mini cucumbers are really flavorful and crispier ( I think) than the regular size cucumbers you get in the supermarkets. I still love regular size cucumbers tho, don't get me wrong, but mini cucumbers is what I ate when I was growing up and I guess it has to do with it that made it so good.
I cut the cucumbers into 2" long and 3/4" wide strips so it'll stay crunchy inside while soaking up the marinates. I had some small red chilis on hand so I throw in about 2 chilis and a large clove of garlic (maybe 1 tsp-2tsp?). I then add sesame oil, soy sauce, black pepper, sugar, salt, rice wine vinegar and mirin. I love sesame seeds so I added a handful of those...probably about 1 tbsp or 2. However, I forgot to toast them and I think the flavors would have improved.
Overall, this is still a great, tasty cold dish that I can munch on it all day because the longer it sits the better it'll taste! And because it's not sliced, it's still crunchy in the center and refreshing as always!