~a collection of eclectic recipes and misadventures in the kitchen~
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Ken Hom's Cold Cucumber with Garlic
There are some recipes, when you look at them, u think that they can improved upon somehow...and this is one of them..
I had to resist the very strong urge to make modifications and follow it more or less exactly...
"i'm sure i can omit the oil...dun need to fry the garlic....just use raw...how about sesame oil??? Sesame oil will give it a great fragrance!! But then it might be too similar to Korean type cold dishes....."
and surprisely, the dish turned out fantastic!!! Now i m a new fan of Ken Hom!! Heee...can't wait to try more of his recipes...!
method: slice the cucumbers into half lengthways, and using a spoon, remove any seeds. Cut the cucumber halves into small pieces. (original recipe said 7.5 cm by 12mm...opps, didn't pay attention!) Combine the cucumber pieces with salt and allow to sit in a colander. Set aside for 10 mins. Rinse them in cold water, blot them dry and toss with the sugar and vinegar. Heat a wok until hot and add the oil and garlic. Stir fry for 15 seconds or until it is lightly brown. Mix with the cucumbers and serve. (I chilled them in the fridge for 30 mins before serving)
The four of us started this blog together as a way to share our experiences and lessons in the kitchen. Now the blog has evolved into an random mix of recipes which we have tried and liked enough to want to share...some are dishes that remind us of home, some are things that we wouldn't usually have made in Singapore (muffins, cakes and most dishes requiring the oven) and others were just borne out of a need to use a certain ingredient!
Have a browse and have fun trying out the recipes!