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Ma-La Cucumber Fans

 

22

Yield

4

servings

Prep

45

min

Cook

25

min

Ready

70

min

Low Fat, Low in Saturated Fat, Low Cholesterol, Cholesterol-Free, Trans-fat Free, Low Carb
 

Ingredients

½ pound cucumbers
1 teaspoon salt
kosher
1 ½ teaspoons vegetable oil
peanut
1 teaspoon ginger
thinly cut
*
1 ½ teaspoons garlic
minced
¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
red, dry, flakes
*
¼ teaspoon peppercorns
szechuan,, brown
*
½ teaspoon soy sauce, tamari
1 tablespoon vinegar
rice
1 ½ tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
sesame

Directions

Remove the tips from the cucumbers, then cut them up into 2-inch lengths.

Grasp cucumber lengthwise between chopsticks held in a V-shape on a cutting board, then cut the cucumber crosswise at ⅛ inch intervals into a fan (chopsticks prevent knife from cutting clear through the cucumber).

Toss the cucumbers with salt and set aside for thirty minutes to soften.

Drain, rinse with cold water, then press gently between palms to remove excess water.

Heat a wok or medium-size heavy skillet over moderate heat until hot enough to sizzle a bead of water slowly.

Add corn or peanut oil, swirl to glaze bottom, then reduce heat to low.

When hot enough to sizzle a ginger thread, add ginger, garlic, chili, and peppercorns.

Toss until fully fragrant, about ten seconds, then add a pinch more chili if your nose tells you it's needed.

Add cucumber, toss to combine, then add soy, vinegar, sugar, and sesame oil.

Toss until sugar dissolves and liquid is hot.

Taste and adjust with a bit more sugar if needed to bring out the full flavor of the chili.

Scrape the mixture into a shallow bowl and set aside to cool, stirring occasionally.

Before serving, remove most of the peppercorns.

 

* not incl. in nutrient facts

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 72g (2.5 oz)
Amount per Serving
Calories 5251% of calories from fat
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g 5%
Saturated Fat 0g 2%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 628mg 26%
Total Carbohydrate 2g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0g 2%
Sugars g
Protein 1g
Vitamin A 1% Vitamin C 4%
Calcium 1% Iron 1%
* based on a 2,000 calorie diet How is this calculated?

 

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