What I love about this dish is its crunchiness – a mixture of English cucumbers, carrots, pineapples and onions with toasted sesame seeds soaked in vinegar and sugar syrup. This is one of the dishes that I will make countless times as it comes in really handy. I love to make a BIG portion, chill it in the fridge and have it as an appetizer or a side dish for my meals.
But it usually finishes less than a week and I am left with a bowl of vinegar and sugar syrup. So what do I do with it? I reuse it and make a second batch 🙂
The tedious part of preparing this dish is cutting the vegetables. The carrots and cucumbers are usually cut in thick julienne shape and soaked with white distilled vinegar. But I made a slight twist to suit my personal preference. I slice the carrots, cucumbers and onions thinly, add in salt and let it rest for 5 minutes for the juice to be excreted. Either way, the vegetables don’t lose its crunchiness.
I use apple cider vinegar instead of white distilled vinegar. Apple cider vinegar has a sweeter taste and doesn’t require that much of sugar to reduce its acidity. So as to speak, distilled white vinegar has a harsh sourness and can be quite unpleasant in taste. Hence, a good amount of sugar is usually added to give a good balance to its flavor.
In short, it is an easy dish to make 😉 Check out the guide below to make this dish. Enjoy!
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