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Monday, June 16, 2014

Chinese Cucumber Garlic Salad

I wouldn't call my apartment a greenhouse, but it retains heat like no other place I've ever lived.  Once the temperature is up, it's hard to cool it.  Even creating a draft only slightly works, especially since it faces west.  After a very long day, I wanted to come home to something fresh.. and since the home was hot and muggy, I decided my dinner would be cooling.
This cucumber salad is perfect.  I repurposed a few pieces of duck since I didn't have anything else for dinner, but this is a perfectly lovely salad on its own.
Inspired by Yi Reservation.
Serves 2
1 large or 2 small cucumbers, julienned
2 small cloves garlic, grated
1 Tbsp black vinegar
2 tsp light soy sauce (or GF alternative)
1 tsp mirin
1/2 tsp sesame oil
1/2 tsp roasted sesame seeds
drizzle chili oil
few halved cherry tomatoes (for color)
1 thai chili
some shredded Five-Spiced Duck (optional)
1.  Seriously, it's a salad.  Do I need to give directions?  Ah yes here's a tip I use often.  Place all the ingredients in a tupperware and close it.
2.  Shake shake shake.
3.  Arrange to make it pretty (if that's your thing) and serve.

And that's another delightful way to enjoy cucumber!
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