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PAI HUNAG GUA salad with chlli, cilantro and szechuan in background
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Pai Huang Gua A.K.A. Smashed Cucumber Salad

Pai Huang Gua is better known as Smashed Cucumber Salad, it makes the perfect foil for hot weather and for hot spicy food. An easy show-stopping salad.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Salting20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: dairy-free, Easy, low carb, nut free, vegan, vegetarian
Servings: 4 as a side
Calories: 129kcal


  • rolling pin or food mallet


For the salad

  • 500 grams Telegraph/English cucumbers 4 medium or 2 long cucumbers, approximately 17.6 ounces or 1 lb
  • ¼ cup coriander/cilantro roughly chopped
  • 1 long red chilli finely diced
  • ½ teaspoon Sea Salt

For the dressing

  • 2 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 2 tbsps MCT or neutral oil
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil toasted
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon ginger freshly grated
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon Szechuan peppercorn


  • Wash your cucumbers and pat them dry, then place them on your chopping board.
  • Then using something heavy such as food mallet or a rolling pin, whack the cucumbers so that they just burst open.
  • Cut the cucumbers diagonally into small chunks, this way there is more surface area for your dressing to penetrate.
  • Place the cucumbers in a colander sprinkle with ½ teaspoon sea salt and toss, let them stand for 20 minutes. We want to draw out some of the liquid so that the cucumbers are not too watery.
  • Wash the chilli, remove the seeds then dice finely. Wash the coriander/cilantro, shake to remove to excess water, pat dry and roughly chop.
  • Place all dressing ingredients in a glass jar, shake until emulsified. Taste and adjust seasonings according to your liking.
  • After the 20 minutes have passed drain the liquid from the smashed cucumbers, then pat dry. Place them in a mixing bowl.
  • Add the diced chilli and coriander/cilantro, pour over the dressing then toss to combine. Taste and adjust seasonings according to your preferences.
  • Arrange in a salad bowl and keep chilled until ready to serve.



Calories: 129kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Sodium: 547mg | Potassium: 244mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 306IU | Vitamin C: 20mg | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 1mg