I got hooked on a particular side dish a couple of years ago when they opened the one here in outer monrovia. It is "Spicy Cucumber". It is obviously cucumber, red pepper flake, very pronounced sesame oil taste but after that it gets to be a little difficult to ID some of the bits and pieces in it, especially the herbage.
Last spring I bought one of those jumbo packs of "English Cucumbers" from Costco. I still don't know what possessed me to buy it as there are 4 huge cucumbers in the pack, far more than we could eat in a week or before they went bad. With all those cukes I decided to try and put together something resembling the "Spicy Cucumber" from Teri & Yaki. After a couple of tries I put up my first batch. A couple of times more and I had it. Now whenever I have something asian on the entree' list I can have my own "Asian Style Pickles".
Asian Style Pickles
- 2-3 Engrish Cucumbers
- 1/2 C cilantro - coarse chopped
- 3 small green onions, thinly sliced including tops
- 1/2 -1 t red pepper flakes (to taste)
- Sesame Chicken Salad Dressing - approx 1 cup to cover.
Using mandolin slice cucumbers very thin. Put about 1 1/2 inches cucumber in a quart pickle jar. Add 1/5 of the sliced onion, cilantro and red pepper flakes. Repeat layers until jar is filled.
Cover with Sesame Chicken Salad Dressing. Add lid and seal tightly. Refrigerate for one week. Will keep up to 2 months in the fridge.
I use this as a straight up side dish. Other times I scoop out the cucumbers and dressing and put over cooked chicken and lettuce. I've even tossed some into cooked couscous or rice for a heartier side dish. Its pretty versatile and tasty too!