Pai Huang Gua (Sichuan Smashed Cucumbers)

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Appears in Cook's Illustrated July/August 2017, America's Test Kitchen TV

For a refreshing new take on cucumber salad, put down your knife and pick up a skillet.

SERVES 4

TIME 35 minutes

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WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS

Smashed cucumbers, or pai huang gua, is a Sichuan dish that is typically served with rich, spicy food. We started with English cucumbers, which are nearly seedless and have thin, crisp skins. Placing them in a zipper-lock bag and smashing t...

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