Smacked Cucumber Salad (ve)

A classic Chinese cold dish that goes great with our dumplings. Smacking the cucumbers creates uneven edges and allows the flavours of the dressing to be better absorbed.


  • 1 whole cucumber
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon light soy
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon grated garlic
  • 2 teaspoons grated ginger
  • finely chopped coriander
  • Toasted sesame seeds
  • House made Chilli Oil


1. Chop both ends off the cucumber score it 4 times lengthways and then smack it until it splits apart using the flat side of a cleaver, large chef’s knife or rolling pin (cover with a clean tea towel to prevent splatter!).

2. Cut the cucumber diagonally into bite-sized chunks and transfer to a bowl.

3. Season with vinegar, salt and sugar and leave to lightly pickle for at least 15 minutes. (You can do this step a day in advance!)

4. Drain off the liquid from the cucumber then add the soy, sesame oil, garlic, ginger & coriander, mixing well.

5. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and a drizzle of chilli oil.