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Din tai Fung - Taiwanese Cucumber Salad

February 25, 2021
2 Ratings
Photo by simmerandsauce
  • Prep time 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Serves 4
Author Notes

h Din Tai Fung, a famous Taiwanese restaurant with at Santa Clara outpost that we frequent. Known for their world-famous soup dumplings. DTF also has an incredible simple cucumber salad that everyone who goes there loves. This copycat recipe is one of the top recipes searched on my blog and it's a keeper. —simmerandsauce

What You'll Need
  • 5 5 Persian cucumbers, cut into 1/2-inch thick pieces
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons mirin
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1/2-3/4 teaspoons chili garlic sauce
  • 1/2-3/4 teaspoons Kosher salt
  1. Trim the cucumbers and cut into 1/2-inch thick pieces. Place in a small bowl. Sprinkle with Kosher salt and toss well to coat. Allow to sit at room temperature for about 20 minutes.
  2. For the marinade, in a small bowl add the rice vinegar, mirin, honey, canola oil, sesame oil chili garlic sauce and salt. Mix well and set aside.
  3. When the cucumbers are done marinating, rinse off the salt mixture and pat dry. Place the dried cucumbers into a gallon size ziplock. Pour the marinade over the cucumbers. Seal the bag and gently shake to mix. Lay the bag on its side and place in the refrigerator to marinate for at least 4 hours.
  4. o serve, taste and adjust the seasoning with salt and garlic chili sauce as needed. Arrange the cucumbers on a serving plate and drizzle with some additional marinade. Serve cold.

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2 Reviews

gank0chan August 18, 2022
This is the CLOSEST recipe to that of Din Tai Fung! I've tried out about 5 others that I found online, and none offer the delicate flavor profile that DTF serves. Love, love, love. Thank you so much for sharing.
txchick57 August 1, 2021
I could eat buckets of this