Chinese Cucumber Garlic

This Chinese style garlicky cucumber salad is a recipe everyone should know how to make because it’s such an easy side dish! I love quick and effortless side dishes like this especially for days when I don’t feel like cooking.

This recipe was inspired by Nan Xiang in Flushing, Queens. While it’s not an exact copy cat, it’s very similar and I’m so happy I can make this whenever I’m craving it at home!

5 from 2 votes

Chinese Cucumber Garlic

Servings 4 people
Prep Time 30 mins
Total Time 30 mins


  • 5 Persian cucumbers
  • tsp salt
  • cilantro chopped for garnish

Garlic Oil

  • 6 garlic cloves minced
  • 3 tbsp neutral oil


  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1  tsp sugar
  • 1/4  tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp black vinegar substitute with rice vinegar
  • 1/8  tsp msg optional


  • Cut the cucumbers into thirds. Then cut each third into quarters.
  • Transfer the cucumbers to a bowl and add salt. Mix together well and set aside for 20 minutes.
  • In the mean time, place the minced garlic in a heat-proff bowl. Heat up the oil until hot and carefully pour it over the garlic.
  • After 20 minutes, drain the cucumber and pat dry with a paper towel.
  • To the drained and dried bowl of cucumber, add soy sauce, sugar, sesame oil, black vinegar, msg and garlic oil.
  • Toss everything together to combine well.
  • Garnish with chopped cilantro.
  • *Optional* Let the cucumber sit in the fridge for 30 minutes to allow the flavors to develop
  • Enjoy!
Course: Appetizer, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: Chinese

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