Ma La Cucumber Fans Recipe

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Servings: 4


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  • 1/2 lb Cucumbers, Japanese, or possibly Kirby
  • 1 tsp Salt, kosher
  • 1 1/2 tsp Oil, peanut Or possibly
  • 1 1/2 tsp Oil, corn
  • 1 tsp Ginger, thinly cut
  • 1 1/2 tsp Garlic, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp Chili, red, dry, flakes
  • 1/4 tsp Peppercorns, Szechuan, - brown
  • 1/2 tsp Soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. Vinegar, rice
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. Sugar
  • 1 tsp Oil, sesame


  1. Remove the tips from the cucumbers, then cut them up into 2-inch lengths.
  2. Grasp cucumber lengthwise between chopsticks held in a V-shape on a cutting board, then cut the cucumber crosswise at 1/8-inch intervals into a fan (chopsticks prevent knife from cutting clear through the cucumber.)
  3. Toss the cucumbers with salt and set aside for thirty min to soften.
  4. Drain, rinse with cool water, then press gently between palms to remove excess water.
  5. Heat a wok or possibly medium-size heavy skillet over moderate heat till warm sufficient to sizzle a bead of water slowly. Add in corn or possibly peanut oil, swirl to glaze bottom, then reduce heat to low.
  6. When warm sufficient to sizzle a ginger thread, add in ginger, garlic, chili, and peppercorns. Toss till fully fragrant, about ten seconds, then add in a healthy pinch more chili if your nose tells you it's needed.
  7. Add in cucumber, toss to combine, then add in soy, vinegar, sugar, and sesame oil. Toss till sugar dissolves and liquid is warm.
  8. Taste and adjust with a bit more sugar if needed to bring out the full flavor of the chili. Scrape the mix into a shallow bowl and set aside to cold, stirring occasionally.
  9. Before serving, remove most of the peppercorns.


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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 58g
Recipe makes 4 servings
Calories 67  
Calories from Fat 41 61%
Total Fat 4.6g 6%
Saturated Fat 0.35g 1%
Trans Fat 0.12g  
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 622mg 26%
Potassium 69mg 2%
Total Carbs 6.21g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0.4g 1%
Sugars 5.34g 4%
Protein 0.39g 1%
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