Cucumber with Mashed Garlic
Style: Sichuan(Szechuan) Cuisine
Characteristics: Cucumber with mashed garlic tastes salty, sour, fresh and crispy, having a peasant garlic flavor.
The most popular cucumber dish in China, Cucumber with Mashed Garlic, is simple to cook with a recipe at home, but tasty to eat. Cucumber is cold by nature, and it can clear away heat, moisturize pathogenic dryness to loosen the bowel and reduce body fat. It’s said that cucumber juice is very good for cleanness, skin protection and wrinkle smoothing. In addition to garlic's killing germs, it is really a healthy dish.
3-6 cloves of garlic
1. Peel the cucumbers to remove the pesticide residues on the skin. Wash them in water. Smack the cucumber to loosen it. Cut it into chunks and put then into a soup bowl. Set aside.
2. Remove the garlic skins. Wash the cloves in water. Chop them up and put them into a small dish.
chicken essence (chicken stock/bouillon) or monosodium glutamate
red chili shreds
Note: the amount of the seasonings listed above can be appropriately used according to one's personal taste.
Pour the cucumber chunks into a soup bowl. Add in mashed garlic, red chili shreds, chicken essence, salt, white sugar, soy sauce, sesame oil and white vinegar.
Place a wok over high heat until hot. Add some cooking oil heat to about 90℃(194℉). Spoon the oil out and pour into the soup bowl with cucumber and seasonings.
Stir it well with chopsticks or a spatula until all the materials are mixed up. Pour into a prepared porcelain plate finally.
Tips: if you don't like cucumber with garlic, try the Sweet and Sour Cucumber instead.
On October 17 2013, Mr. Ghodrat, Mr. William, Ms. Joan, Ms. Farideh and Mr. Gibson from USA, Mr. Christopher and Mr. John from UK, Ms. Belinda, Mr. Nicholas, Ms. Helen and Ms. Pauline from Australia had a unique experience to visit a local family in Xi'an. They enjoyed their time with the warm host and learnt to make dumplings and cooked an easy but refreshing cold dish – Cucumber with Mashed Garlic. It was fun that they highly appreciated the dumplings and the dish made by themselves.
On Oct. 2, 2012, Ms. Suzanne & Mr. Jeff from Australia experienced our family visit tour with great curiosity. The family they visited is a most representative one in Xi'an that is well-chosen by our company. The hostess is a full-time housewife who is excellent in cooking. She had a very stunning cooking class to Suzie and Jeff by teaching them to cook Cucumber with Mashed Garlic, Twice-Cooked Pork & Yangzhou Fried Rice.See details at Ms. Suzie's feedback
On Oct. 10, 2010, Ms. Sarah & Mr. Benjamin from Canada had a rare chance to have an on-site cooking class while visiting a local family in Xi'an, which is a special tour service offered by Travelchinaguide. As Sarah & Benjamin ordered from our Chinese Food Cooking Class, the friendly hostess taught them to cook Black Pepper Beef, Cucumber with Mashed Garlic & Chow Mein step by step.