What an amazing accompaniment to the Soy-Lacquered Salmon! There is really nothing else these delicious cucumbers would go with. This reminds me of the tsukemono I used have in Japan, but this is a bit spicier. Okay, I actually over did the spicy part a bit the last time I made this. I couldn't find Thai Chiles so I got Serrano Chiles instead. Not totally bad, but if you don't like SPICY, not a good replacement. If you can't find the Thai Chiles I would go with a Jalapeño or one of those colored chilies they have at the market. My version was so spicy that even Joey could tell. (We will follow up soon with details regarding Joey's inability to taste or smell at the moment.)
This can totally be made the night before and actually it's better that way.
As always, thanks to Tyler Florence for a great dish. Love that man. Love his food!
- 4 kirby cucumbers or 2 regular cucumbers, sliced thin
- 2 fresh red Thai chiles, seeded and sliced thin
- 1 handful fresh mint
- 1/2 cup rice wine vinegar
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Let sit for at least 1 hour for the flavors to blend. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Will keep in the refrigerator for 3 days.