Delicious no-cook chinese marinated cucumbers. - Narcissism is Necessary

Delicious no-cook chinese marinated cucumbers.

I decided to make this after paying about RM5 for a puny plate of chopped 1/2 a cucumber at a chinese restaurant. Well, with RM5 I could get about 10 quality Japanese cucumbers (kyuri).

I can’t believe people (myself included) are actually paying RM5 for something that doesn’t even need cooking. I’m starting to sound like a major tight fisted housewife….but that’s exactly who I am!

This recipe is entirely my own conception, based on how I like to eat it. The marinade is savoury with just a tad of tartness from the Worcestershire sauce and kick from the chillies. I guess you can use ordinary cucumbers (with the seeds removed) but for best results, do use the Japanese sort as they’re more crunchy.


  • 2 tablespoon of sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon of light soya sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon of Chinese rice wine
  • 1 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 red chilli, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 – 2 Japanese cucumbers, chopped

# – First of all, cut the cucumbers into the shapes you want. By the way, you know how sometimes cucumbers can taste really bitter? There’s this trick that a senior in high school taught me….cut off the end of a cucumber and then rub the surface with it till tiny bubbles form around it, like this….

And you won’t have bitter cucumbers anymore. Honestly, I have no scientific or logical explanation for it, but it works!

# – I soaked the cucumbers in iced water for 10 minutes to crispen them up. Set aside. Honestly I don’t know if this works but psychologically I feel that it does :D So feel free to omit this step.

# – In a bowl, mix the sesame oil, light soya sauce, Chinese rice wine, Worcestershire sauce and chillies.

# – Throw the drained cucumbers into the mixture. Mix. Cover with cling wrap and stick it in the fridge to chill for a minimum of 2 hours. Don’t put in the fridge uncovered as this will dry out the cucumbers.

You could even marinade them in a freezer bag so that all the cucumbers could absorb the marinade more evenly and thoroughly.

# – Serve as an appetiser or even as a vegetable dish of its own to go with rice.

Very tasty, very refreshing and best of all….very accommodating to my purse ;)

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16 Responses to Delicious no-cook chinese marinated cucumbers.

  1. Tien April 8, 2011 at 3:53 pm #

    Very nice, I love cucumbers, very refreshing. My granny taught me that same rubbing trick too :)

    • Kimberlycun April 10, 2011 at 10:36 am #

      the trick does work, doesn’t it? i wonder if it’s psychological haha

  2. Nasi Lemak Lover April 8, 2011 at 5:44 pm #

    my son Lucas love cucumber, he will like this.Thanks for sharing.

    • Suzy Eats April 10, 2011 at 1:51 am #

      so does my son lucas :-)

      • Kimberlycun April 10, 2011 at 10:34 am #

        wow, that is such a cool similarity! lucases who love cucumbers ;) haha

  3. Liz April 8, 2011 at 11:02 pm #

    I love this! So simple but looks so tasty!

    • Kimberlycun April 10, 2011 at 10:37 am #

      thank you! very simple and very easy on the pocket too! :D

  4. Elaine April 9, 2011 at 1:58 pm #

    Mmmm, I love seasoned cucumbers like these too! I make mine but with vinegar, sugar, sesame oil and chillies…sweet sour pickled cucumbers ftw! Yours looks really good too…I will try your rice wine version the next time I make mine.

    • Kimberlycun April 10, 2011 at 10:38 am #

      thanks for the tip! i’m gonna try your version next time ;)

  5. Claire April 9, 2011 at 8:03 pm #

    This looks good… I’m gonna try it. Thanks!

  6. Katerina April 11, 2011 at 4:28 am #

    Now here in Greece starts the cucumber season. This is a very fresh and tasty way to make them. Thanks for sharing it with us!

    • Kimberlycun April 11, 2011 at 9:01 pm #

      thanks for dropping a comment! i absolutely love your blog!

  7. ahsiang April 11, 2011 at 3:36 pm #

    No need to cook one r? Very suitable for me, since I don’t cook, hehehe.

    • Kimberlycun April 11, 2011 at 9:00 pm #

      haha, yeah just need to chop and mix. easy!


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