Smacked Cucumber with Sesame and Preserved Mustard Greens

Smacked Cucumber with Sesame and Preserved Mustard Greens

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Ingredients

1 cucumber (we used an English cucumber)
1/2 tsp salt
2 tbsp Sichuan preserved mustard greens (ya cai)
1 tsp finely chopped garlic
1 tbsp runny sesame paste
1 1/2 sp clear rice vinegar
1 tsp sesame oil
salt to taste

Directions

Lay the cucumber on a cutting board and smack it hard a few times with the flat of a Chinese cleaver or with a rolling pin.  Then cut it, lengthwise, into 4 pieces.  Hold your knife at an angle to the cutting board and cut the cucumber on the diagonal into 1/8-3/8-inch slices.  Place in a bowl with the salt, mix well and set aside for about 10 minutes.

Combine all other ingredients in a small bowl. 

Drain the cucumber, pour over the sauce, stir well and serve immediately.