Good Fortune Appetiser (开胃菜)

Sharing below is a recipe taken from my collection (source: Singapore Women’s Weekly magazine, Feb 2011).

Prep: 8 min   Serves: 5 – 8

Ingredients:

  1. 5 crispy Japanese cucumbers, sliced diagonally
  2. pinch of salt
  3. 2 starfruits, sliced thinly
  4. 2 red chillies, seeded and sliced thinly
  5. handful of coriander leaves, chopped
  6. Pineapple Dressing:
    • 2 thick slices pineapple, grated
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • 3 tbsp sesame or olive oil
    • 3 tbsp Chinese rice wine
    • sprinkling of ground pepper
    • white rice vinegar, to taste

Method:

  1. Combine cucumbers with salt. Set aside for 5 min.
  2. Combine all dressing ingredients. Adjust taste with rice vinegar.
  3. Rinse cucumber and squeeze out excess juice. Pat dry.
  4. Combine cucumbers, starfruits, red chillies and coriander leaves in a large bowl. Add dressing and toss to mix well.
  5. Set aside in the fridge for 20 – 30 min to let flavours develop.
  6. Serve in small dishes.
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