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Jun 4, 2013 03:12 PM

Spicy cucumbers like at Szechuan Gourmet? (Brooklyn)

I can't stop eating these. I thought I already posted about this, but it looks like I didn't. Maybe I stopped myself because I eat a potentially unhealthy amount of spicy cucumber salad from Szechuan Gourmet as it is. I work near-ish to the midtown 30s location, but I live in Brooklyn. Where in Brooklyn can I get that flavor? I live in Cobble Hill, so near there gets bonus points, but I think the only possibility is if the Tofu on 7th cucumbers fit the bill. I have had the cucumber salad at Little Pepper, which is completely different (I know, I know, Queens, but this is part of what made me post the question). That spicy rich flavor from SG is so addictive. I'm a vegetarian, by the way, so I stick with the cucumbers. Thanks in advance for any ideas.

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  1. Yes, that is an exciting little dish. I'm pretty sure I tried to make it once. I open up "Land of Plenty" by Fuscia Dunlop and this is what it says:

    Take 2 cukes, peel and cut into rectangles. Toss w/ 3 tbs. salt., set aside for at least 30 mins, pref. 2 hours or more. Drain and pat dry.

    Heat a wok, add 2 tbs. peanut oil. Lower heat to medium. Add "8 long dried chilis" cut up into 1 1/2 inch pieces, 2 tsp whole sichuan pepper, toss briefly until fragrant.

    Toss the cukes in this for 10 seconds, remove from heat.

    In another bowl toss the cukes in 3 tsp sesame oil. Let it cool to room temp.

    That sounds pretty close to Szechuan Gourmet's, huh? All you need is a trip down to sunset park for some peppercorns and dried chilis.