Cucumber salad

Cucumber salad

Ensaladang pipino

By
From
7000 Islands
Serves
4
Photographer
Jana Liebenstein

This simple salad was a fixture in my mother’s childhood home. There was always some fresh cucumber and sharp vinegar on hand to quickly throw it together. Ensaladang pipino complements fried meat or fish; its tart, sweetish dressing also doubles as a dipping sauce. Any cucumber can be used; in the Philippines, white and green varieties are both common.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
1 telegraph cucumber, peeled (optional), thinly sliced into rounds
or 2 lebanese cucumbers, peeled (optional), thinly sliced into rounds
60ml native or rice vinegar
2 teaspoons sugar
1 small red onion
or 3 red asian shallots, finely chopped

Method

  1. Place the cucumber in a shallow dish. Combine the vinegar, sugar and onion in a small bowl, then pour over the cucumber. Season with salt flakes and freshly cracked black pepper.

What is it?

  • Another stalwart salad in Filipino homes is ensaladang pakô, or fiddlehead fern salad. Made with salted duck eggs and tomato, ensaladang pakô is slightly more elaborate than cucumber salad, but the dressing is similarly tart and simple. The ferns, which grow best in cool, mountainous zones, thrive in the rainy season. The dark green leaves have a strong flavour with fibrous stems.
Tags:
Filipino
Philippines
Asian
South
East
SBS
7000
Islands
Islander
Yasmin
Newman
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