Put the cucumber in a bowl and sprinkle with 2 tsp salt. Mix well, then tip into a colander and leave to drain for 20 minutes. Rinse the cucumbers well, then pat dry with kitchen paper.
Heat a wok or large frying pan over a high heat and add the oil. When the oil is smoking, add the garlic, ginger, and spring onions, and stir-fry for about 30 seconds. Add the cucumbers, chilli flakes, sugar, and a little seasoning, and cook for a further 30 seconds, tossing until everything is well mixed. Pour in 125ml (4fl oz) water and continue to stir-fry over a high heat for 3-4 minutes until most of the water has evaporated and the cucumbers are cooked. Stir in the sesame oil to serve.
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Stir-Fried Cucumber With Hot Spices (cont.)