Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Cool as a Thai Cucumber

The complex flavors of Thai cuisine satisfy my sweet, sour, salty and spicy side.  We are fortunate to have an excellent Thai restaurant nearby.  For that reason, I don't prepare many Thai dishes at home.  Just in case the need arises, I have five Thai cookbooks on hand.

I do keep the makings of a Thai-inspired cucumber salad in the refrigerator.


Thai Cucumbers

1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup rice wine vinegar
1 tsp (or to taste) salt

Combine in a small saucepan over medium heat.  Stir occasionally while bringing to a boil.  Turn off heat.

Add:

1/4 tsp (or to taste) red pepper flakes

Cool

Thinly slice five small cucumbers and pour the cooled liquid over.  Refrigerate for several hours.

For a salad, add thinly sliced red onions and grated carrot.

Keep the liquid and repeat!!

Enjoy!


32 comments:

  1. So simple and sounds delicious. I enjoy Thai food, as well.

    As a kid when I lived in Asia, I are super hot spicy food. Now, I don't like the heat at all.

    Fondly,
    Glenda

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  2. Love cucumber salad! I have a Thai one that's just a little different, it calls for fresh hot peppers and ginger:@)

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  3. Sounds like a great (and easy) summer salad!

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  4. Simple and delicious, Bonnie. I'm going to try this next week. So used to making Tzatziki and this will be quite a change in flavors.

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  5. Yum that is refreshing, do you use the pickling cucumber? I find they have more crunch and flavor.

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  6. Sounds really good. I'll have to try this and thanks for sharing the recipe!

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  7. Bonnie, I am a big fan of Thai also. This sounds fabulous! AND, cool!! Thank you. blessings ~ tanna

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  8. I have never made these, but they sure sound and easy and a great addition to my summer menue.
    Rita

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  9. This sounds so good and so simple. Can't wait to give it a try!
    Best,
    Susan

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  10. I love cucumbers and pickles with the tang and sweetness. The taste of these based on your ingredients and description sound amazing. So refreshing for a hot day! I love it

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  11. During the summer, I keep a jar of this exact concoction in the refrigerator!

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  12. I am going to do this right now. Thanks.

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  13. I like the crispness and bite of your cucumber pickle. It really sounds delicious. I love Thai food and am mentally running through the things I could serve these with. I hope some cool air is headed your way. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  14. I really thought I owned a lot of cookbooks (I read them like novels), I have boxes of them stored somewhere. I think you would lap me several times in that race. I love cucumbers. Your salad sounds like my kind of lunch! Hugs, Bonnie

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  15. Yum! Just got caught up on your blog! Hope you are staying cool in this hot weather. Carla

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  16. Looks so good and cool and crispy!

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  17. Looking good! Mr. Ken will love these.

    Have a great one.

    Melinda

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  18. Sounds easy and delicious ~ love that!

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  19. Oooh! I can't mess that one up :) All about Asian food in this house and these cucumbers would make a lovely side dish!

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  20. Sounds a bit too spicey for me, but I love cucumbers.

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  21. It seems to me cucumber day in the foodie blog world! Thanks for sharing this sounds great.

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  22. I love cukes--anyway I can get them.... YUM!!!!
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  23. Bonnie,

    Thanks for sharing this, I know my husband will love this. Another so simple recipe but packed with flavor.

    Carolyn/A Southerners Notebook

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  24. My grandmother prepared cucumbers in a similar way and she served them with dinner all summer long. I love this simple salad!

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  25. We have A LOT of cucumbers in Austin right now....and this recipe looks like a great way to use them. This looks so delicious! Thank you for making me smile this morning (you always do), and I hope you are having a week full of love and joy. Hugs and love.

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  26. I love all kinds of Thai food. This is simple and delicious.

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  27. Very similar to my mother's recipe too except for the rice wine instead of regular vinegar. I love this idea! I hope to have a bumper crop of cucumbers with this heat and would be trying this!

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  28. Your are so clever, love this recipe you are sharing with us. Thank you. It is a print.
    I love visiting your blog.

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  29. Catching up on my blogs after being away. I think this is one I will try. Also liked your idea of the baked potato skins--also a favorite of mine. Have you made potato boats? (as we used to call them)--twice baked potatoes-- Hope you are having a cooler weekend!

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  30. Love the red pepper in there. I make something like this, but add very thinly sliced white onion to it. This is a great side for Summer!

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