Chinese Cucumber Appetizer (凉拌小黄瓜, 蒜香拍小黄瓜)



Not all blogged recipes need to be complicated.. Some recipes are very simple but new house chefs may not know how to prepare it and I am targeting  at this group of readers who are new to the kitchen..


To me, this is a very familiar dish in the Chinese restaurant but I can’t recall whether it is overseas of Singaporean restaurants. It is an appetizer that most diners will like.  Preparation are very simple though restaurant charged you a premium for this small plate of appetizer..


What you need is just some firm and fresh cucumber and there are many variations to the recipe. You can add peanut powder if you want, some even added chilli soya beans but what I am sharing is the very basic version of this dish using very simple ingredients .



Servings: 3-4 adult servings


  • 2-3 medium size Japanese cucumber
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of sesame oil
  • 1 – 2 tablespoons of dark or white vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 chilli , deseeded
  • 3 cloves of garlic



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  • Cut the chilli into small pieces. Chopped the garlic until as fine as possible and garlic paste is preferred if available. Set aside.

  • Wash the cucumber, cut 1-2 inches length. Cut open and take away all the centre soft pulp full of seeds. Use a big knife to bang on the cucumber until the cucumber break into smaller pieces. Transfer the cucumber to a plastic bag, add the chilli, garlic paste, sugar, salt and vinegar. Shake vigorously for 1 minutes  until well combined and transfer to the serving plate. Drizzle with sesame oil before serving and best served chilled and immediately after preparation.


  • This recipe used a bit of salt to maintain the crunchiness. Another alternative way is put more salt, rest for 30 seconds, immediately wash with cold water and proceed to the steps above.

  • For best absorption of flavour since we are not really marinate it for the sake of crunchiness,  garlic paste is advised instead of minced garlic.


This dish will be classified under simple house cooked dishes series and cooking restaurant dishes at home series .. The preparation looks simple but in my humble opinion, the taste is great. The cucumber are crunchy, a bit sour, sweet and spicy and most important of all, it will improve the diner’s appetite.


Hope you like the post today. Cheers and have a nice day.


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