Stir-Fried Cucumber with Chilli Oil

    15 min

    A classic, simple and delicious Chinese dish. Cucumbers are stir-fried with Sichuan peppercorns and soy sauce, then drizzled with hot chilli oil. Serve hot as a starter or warm as a side dish.

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    Serves: 1 

    • 250g cucumbers, cut in half lengthways, seeds removed and cut into 5cm long thin strips
    • 1 pinch salt
    • 3 tablespoons cooking oil
    • 1/4 teaspoon Sichuan peppercorns
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons soy sauce
    • 1 pinch of monosodium glutamate (MSG)
    • 1 tablespoon hot chilli oil

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:5min  ›  Ready in:15min 

    1. Combine the cucumbers with salt and set aside for 2 minutes. Rinse with cold water and drain.
    2. Heat the oil over high heat in a wok until hot. Add the peppercorns and stir until fragrant. Add the cucumber and stir-fry for 30 seconds.
    3. Add the soy sauce and MSG and toss well. Transfer to a serving dish and drizzle in the hot chilli oil. Mix before serving.


    If your local supermarket doesn't stock monosodium glutamate or Sichuan peppercorns, you can find them in Chinese/Oriental speciality shops.

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