Thai Cucumber Relish


This is a cool fresh summer relish that is delicious with Satay Pork (that recipe later!) or slow-cooked pork with tomato-based barbecue sauce. It’s a little sweet, a little spicy, and a tasty complement to meats or soy marinated, baked tofu. We are indebted to David Thompson’s Thai Street Food for this recipe. Enjoy!


  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • about 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 medium cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 long red chili or 1 thai bird’s eye chili or 1 habenero, seeds removed diced into small pieces
  • 1/2 cup red shallots
  • 1 tbsp. cilantro coarsely chopped 


Simmer the sugar with the vinegar, salt and 1/4 cup of water. When the sugar has dissolved, remove from the heat and allow to cool. 

Just before serving, stir in the cucumber, chili, shallots and cilantro. 


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