Pickled Cucumber

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Serves 4


1 pound pickling cucumbers
1 tablespoon salt
1/3 cup granulated sugar
4 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon chili oil
1/3 cup red rice vinegar
1 teaspoon ground Szechuan peppercorns


Julienne the cucumbers. Place in a colander and sprinkle with the salt. Let the cucumbers sit for 15 minutes. Remove from the colander and pat dry with paper towels. Arrange the cucumbers in a shallow glass baking dish.

While desalting the cucumbers, whisk together the remaining ingredients.

Lay the cucumbers out on a shallow glass baking dish. Pour the pickling mixture over. Cover and refrigerate overnight.