Total Time
Prep 40 mins
Cook 10 mins

An inexpensive Chinese side dish. It is very quick to cook. I make this often, and sometimes add a chopped onion together with the cucumbers. The black beans I buy in an Asian supermarket, they are soya beans and salted. The recipe is from a Ken Hom cookbook

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Peel the cucumbers, cut them in half lengthways and remove the seeds using a teaspoon.
  2. Cut the cucumber in 1 inch cubes, put them in a colander, sprinkle with the salt, mix and let them stand for about 20 minutes to drain excess liquid.
  3. Then rinse them in water and dry them with kitchen paper.
  4. Heat a wok, then add the oil, when the oil is hot adding the bean sauce, garlic and black beans, stir-fry for 30 seconds.
  5. Now add the cucumbers, fry them until coated with the spices, add the water and go on stir-frying for several minutes on a high heat until most of the water has evaporated.
  6. Add the sesame oil, mix and serve.


Most Helpful

This recipe was kind of bland by itself, but when added on top of homemade cheesy mashed potatoes, it was wonderful! I used the chili powder and only half of the sesame sauce that it called for and enjoyed it as a topping.

Tikki August 03, 2010

I was looking for more dishes to use up cukes and tagged this in 123. I made as directed, using chili powder. 4 oz. water seemed like a lot and took a while to cook down. I didn't really care for these flavors. Sorry.

WI Cheesehead September 16, 2007

Wow! I had also never fried (or even cooked) cucumbers before. It is a hit with the whole family. The sesame oil really added a nice taste to the dish.

kaylavgriffith September 28, 2005

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