4 - 6 servings
Smashing cucumbers is a delicious and rustically beautiful preparation that is common across Asia. Smashing them creates a variety of different textures, and draining them concentrates the flavor. This is a simple-to-prepare dish but it packs personality!
lb(s) Persian or mini cucumbers
tsp kosher salt
Tbsp soy sauce
Tbsp Chinese black vinegar
tsp toasted sesame oil
tsp crushed red chile flakes
Toasted sesame seeds and fresh cilantro, for garnish
Place the cucumbers in a resealable plastic bag. Seal and use the palm of your hand to lightly smash the cucumbers. Take the cucumbers out of the bag and cut into 1-inch chunks. Add to a bowl and season with salt. Toss to coat.
Combine the soy sauce, vinegar, sesame oil, sugar and chile flakes in a medium bowl. Whisk to dissolve the sugar.
Add the cucumbers, then toss and garnish with the toasted sesame seeds and cilantro.