I know this sounds weird to many.
Both my sister in laws, although Cantonese, have never heard or eaten this.
So far, I have never bumped into anyone who has eaten this before, besides my relatives.
This dish is simple to prepare, with simple flavours, doesn't look appealing but we find it appetizing. We grew up with it. The gravy was light and sweet. It's just a frugal homey dish.
I remember once, when I was about 10, I had 3 bowls of rice (spread out in a span of 2 hours) just because the cucumber that day was absolutely delicious. I just ate my rice with this steamed cucumber plus some gravy.
In Perak, we call cucumbers "cheang gua", 青瓜, and not "wong gua" 黄瓜. Wong Gua is the old cucumber that we use to boil soup.
Sometimes cucumbers are bitter. This is the way grandaunt taught me on how to draw the bitterness out from cucumbers. I don't know if it really works, but I still do this step. LOL. And the times when I felt lazy and skip it, it does seem to be more bitter.
Grandaunt will wash away the foam, but I'll slice that piece off.
|How to prepare the cucumber|
|How to prepare the toppings|
Steamed Cucumber with Dried Shrimps
Tasted and Recreated from Grandaunt's version
1 10 inch long cucumber
1 heaped Tbsp dried shrimp
1 inch ginger
2-4 cloves of garlic (as much as you like)
1 Tbsp oil
1/2 tsp salt
1. Soak dried shrimps.
2. Peel cucumber (I peel lines only) and divide into 4 long quarters. Slice each quarter into diagonal slices. (Keep the seeds). Place onto a deep dish suitable for retaining liquids after steaming.
3. Bash ginger and garlic, and chop everything coarsely together with dried shrimp. Sprinkle these on top of cucumber.
4. Drizzle oil over cucumber and sprinkle salt over the cucumber (don't out in one spot). Add a few Tbsp of water if you're steaming this in wok.
5. Steam until they are mushy soft (on high heat for about 20 minutes, or you can use the rice cooker)