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Anne Aug 16, 2009 03:46 PM

A co-worker of my husband's sent him home with several home-grown Chinese cucumbers. Do I use these raw as other slicing cucumbers, or should they be cooked? Thanks for your ideas.

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    tokimoki Aug 16, 2009 09:36 PM

    Do they look like this? http://www.tpseed.com.cn/english/variety/cucumber/pic/allseason.jpg

    If so, you shouldn't cook them. Just slice and add to your fav salad. I use a mandoline.

    You can also do a quick brine and make a side dish. This is an easy & tasty Korean recipe that David Chang uses in one of his restaurants.

    http://www.chow.com/recipes/18659

    You can drain the water that pools and add a bit of garlic and/or hot pepper flakes for additional flavor.

    1. ipsedixit Aug 16, 2009 10:50 PM

      Cut in half lengthwise, then into quarter inch sections and toss in a marinade of rice wine vinegar, diced garlic, salt and pepper, sugar and white pepper. Refrigerate overnight and garnish with a drizzle of sesame oil before serving.

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