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...!

Cold Cucumber with Garlic

450g cucumbers
2 tsp salt
2 tsp sugar
1 tb white rice vinegar
1.5 tbs oil
1 tbsp minced garlic

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)


Suzer said...

Sounds lovely, easy, and nice and chilly. Hope you are surviving the heat!


ioyces said...

suzer: no..not surviving the heat very well...it's hot hot hot hot....hope that when u come back, the heatwave is gone!!! :)