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These quick pickles need to sit in vinegar for only a few hours before you can eat them. They're great with fried items, since the inegar acts as a sort of palate cleanser. But the ginger, Sichuan peppercorns, and sambal oelek—a prepared red chile paste that is readily available at most grocery stores—make them different than the standard cucumber pickle.
In a bowl, toss together the cucumber slices and 1 teaspoon of the salt. Transfer the cucumbers to a colander and let drain in the sink for 2 hours.
Rinse the cucumbers briefly under cold running water and drain well. Transfer to a bowl, add the ginger and fresh Thai chiles, and toss to mix. In a separate bowl, stir together the vinegar, sugar, sambal, and the remaining 2 tablespoons salt until the sugar and salt have dissolved. Set aside.
In a small frying pan, heat the sesame oil over medium heat. Add the Sichuan peppercorns and toast for 10 seconds. Add the dried chiles and toast for 10 seconds longer, until the chiles darken slightly.
Pour the contents of the frying pan over the cucumbers, then add the vinegar solution and toss well. Let cool to room temperature, then cover and refrigerate. The pickles are ready to eat in 2 hours. They will keep, refrigerated, for up to 1 week.
Very nice book to have. Each dish have detailed ingredients and pictures/a glossary to help describe the item needed to cook.Published 5 days ago by Hue Xiong
Beautiful book with fairly easy guide to cooking amazing Vietnamese food. The recipes are pretty authentic. Read morePublished 6 days ago by archboy
Beautiful book. Recipes are complicated, however, with many ingredients. The Slanted Door cookbook's recipes are simpler.Published 7 days ago by Carolyn B Brooks
I am Vietnamese and I can vouch the authenticity of many of the recipes in this book. I created meals from about 50% of the recipes and my family was very happy with the results. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Kim
Reviews of this book were wonderful, but I've tried several recipes and none were better than so-so. I'll keep trying some others for a while, but I've been disappointed so far.Published 22 days ago by Florida girl
So far so good. The recipes are tasty and easy to prepare. I had another cook book that was more traditional where you made the pastes by with a mortar and pestle. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Fred
Excellent cookbook with easy to understand instructions. Love the color photo glossary so i know what to buy.Published 1 month ago by Kelly