When I make a Japanese Cucumber Salad, I often gently bash the Cucumber before cutting it, so that the centre gets slightly squashed and softened, and the cucumber is seasoned better. I used Toban Djan (Chilli Bean Sauce) to make this salad spicy, but you can use fresh Chilli. Alter the amount of Salt accordingly.


4 Servings


1 large Continental Cucumber OR 2 Lebanese Cucumbers *about 300g
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon Salt
1 teaspoon grated Ginger OR Garlic
1 teaspoon Toban Djan (Chili Bean Sauce)
1 teaspoon Soy Sauce
1 teaspoon Sesame Oil
2 teaspoons Toasted Sesame Seeds

  1. Wash Cucumber and place it on the cutting board. Use a rolling pin to bash gently until it cracks. Break or cut it into bite-size pieces.
  2. Sprinkle Salt and massage, then set aside a few minutes.
  3. Add all other ingredients to the cucumber. Combine well and serve immediately.