Growl… Grrrr…. Mmmm…! Smack your cucumber up and it gets fierce
This prodigy side dish from the boys at Wolf & Social is hot, goes with just about everything from meat and fish to simple boiled sushi rice. Pack it for a picnic, it’s a damn sight more exciting than a dainty cucumber sandwich and tastes surprisingly more cucumbery than cucumber!
1 tsp Salt
1 tsp Caster sugar
2 tsp Dry chilli flakes
1 Clove of garlic grated
3 tbsp Sesame oil
Glug of rice vinegar
Coriander sprigs (optional)
Black and white sesame seeds (optional)
Smack/smash the cucumber using ‘fist, rolling pin, foot, head etc’ cut lengthways into quarters, then cut at 45° angles into bite-sized chunks. ‘Don’t be put off by mushy bits. These are good, smacking denatures the structure of the cucumber and allows the marinade to imbibe the flesh’ Place in a bowl or container and sprinkle the salt and sugar over the cucumber and mix well. Cover and leave for 1/2 hour under compression. ‘this will help draw out some of the residual water’ After 1/2 hour drain. Add rice vinegar and garlic. Mix well.
Meanwhile, heat the sesame oil in a pan until hot, add chili flakes and bring to a foam. At this point pour over the cucumber and garlic mix, ‘it will sizzle satisfyingly.’ For more of a kick, you can add fresh Julienned chili at this point.
Mix well and taste, adding more vinegar if necessary.
Leave in the fridge for a minimum of 3 hours.
Smacked Cucumber travels well and kept in the fridge will be delicious for a week, as the flavour intensifies making it the perfect ‘prepare-ahead’ picnic companion dish.