Diao Yu Tai Cucumber Salad



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This easy cucumber salad is a spicy dish served at Nine Dragons Restaurant in the China Pavilion at Epcot. 


  • 2 Kirby cucumbers, about 4 to 5 inches long
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 4 Dried red Sichuan peppers
  • 1 cup of white vinegar
  • 1 cup of sugar


Step 1:

  • Thoroughly wash unpeeled cucumbers and slice into 1/2-inch pieces.

Step 2:

  • Toss cucumbers with salt in a colander. Place colander over bowl and let stand 20 minutes. Drain cucumbers and pat dry with paper towels.

Step 3:

  • Heat oil in wok over medium-low heat. Add peppers and stir fry until pepper darkens to deeper red, 3 to 4 minutes.

Step 4:

  • Add vinegar and sugar; bring to a simmer, stirring until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.

Step 5:

  • Pour mixture over drained cucumbers in a medium glass bowl; cover and refrigerate for at least 24 hours.