This is another of those dishes that we were served in at the Panda House restaurant. I have tried to replicate this dish before, but I think this one comes closer than my last attempt. In America, we had always eaten our cucumbers either raw or pickled. It simply would not have occurred to me to fry something like a cucumber. However, because of the dangers of using night soil as fertilizer, the Chinese cook almost all of their vegetables—the rest are pickled.
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Karl’s Sichuan Stir Fried Cucumbers
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Karl’s Oi Bokkeum
I am doing a barbecued bulgogi tri-tip for our Sunday meal. To go with the Korean main dish, I decided to make a potato salad with napa cabbage kimchi as my starchy dish. I decided I needed another vegetable dish and I found a recipe for oi bokkeum—stir fried cucumbers. I first had fried cucumbers in China, so I thought I would create my own Korean stir fry sauce.
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Karl’s Quick Pickled Cucumbers
I was making Hawaiian hamburgers and I did not think that a little green onion was enough vegetables for the meal. Pickled cucumbers seemed like a good side dish for these Asian-ish burgers. I had half an English cucumber and two hours before dinner—just enough time.
Filed under Pickles, Side Dishes, Vegetables
Karl’s Japanese Lightly Marinated Cucumbers
I had marinated the vegetables for the potato salad that I made to go with my Japanese curry wings. This left a half cup of slightly used pickle marinade that I did not want to waste. I decided to slice some cucumber and lightly marinate it for a second side dish.
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Karl’s Dill Cucumber and Mesclun Salad
The kids are still on their keto/Atkins low-carb diet. These diets are vegetable/protein forward. I am making brisket and a French onion soup and I thought a salad of cucumbers and baby greens would go well as a green vegetable.
Filed under Salads, Salads, Side Dishes, Vegan, Vegetarian
Korean Cucumber Salad (Oi Muchim)
For my Korean Sunday dinner, in addition to my main dishes of japchae and bulgogi, I made several vegetable sides. I am new to Korean food, so I made this very closely to the original recipe. To quote the original recipe, “oi means cucumber, and muchim means mixed with seasonings.” I had not bought Korean cucumbers (aka Japanese or East Asian), but I had some Persian cucumbers meant for a meal that did not happen.
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Karl’s Sichuan Pepper Pickles
As I was buying the other vegetables for my stir-fries, I had an urge for pickles. For Chinese meals, the number of dishes you serve is a sign of respect. The greater the number of dishes the greater the respect—but also the greater the guanxi debt that person will owe you. I am making roast pork, a vegetable stir fry, and a mushroom dish for Sunday’s dinner.
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Karl’s Chinese Chive Stem and Cucumbers Stir Fry
I was making Asian cabbage rolls and I wanted to serve a vegetable side dish. When I looked at how much Chinese chive stem I had bought, it seemed a bit scant for five people. I had also bought an English cucumber, that I had planned to pickle, but I decided instead to use it to stretch the chive stem.
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Karl’s Japanese Orange Cucumber Pickles
I made sukiyaki this Sunday for the family dinner. The final simmer takes place on the table and I decided that I should have some pickles on the table for my diners to snack on while they waited for the dish to finish cooking. I made some salt cabbage (kyabetsu shio-zuke; キャベツ塩-漬け ) and some cucumber pickles.
Filed under California Fusion, Pickles, Side Dishes, Vegan, Vegetables, Vegetarian
Karl’s Tapas: Chorizo Relleno de Pepino (Chorizo Stuffed Cucumber)
Adapted from a Orce Serrano Hams recipe
I am making a Spanish tapas dinner for this Sunday. This is a tasty and easy tapas. Stuff the sausage into the cucumber and slice it into rings just before serving.
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