Pounded Cucumber Sprinkled with Sesame Salt

Pounded Cucumber Sprinkled with Sesame Salt

Leave out the aromatic ingredients when fixing this for kids. A refreshing crunchy texture unlike salt-cured cucumbers. Best served when thoroughly chilled!

Ingredients: For one cucumber

1/2 teaspoon
*Sesame oil
1 teaspoon
* Vinegar
1/2 teaspoon
Ground sesame seeds
1 tablespoon
Finely grated garlic (for adults)
1/2 clove
Finely grated ginger (for adults)
To taste


1. Sprinkle salt on the cucumber and roll on a cutting board, then let sit for 5 minutes.
2. Put sesame seeds in heat-proof dish and microwave at 500 W for 1 minute, releasing the sesame aroma.
3. Wash salt off the cucumber. Pound cucumber with rolling pin, starting with the ends! In our home, the kids do the pounding. Great for releasing stress!
4. If you don't have a rolling pin, use a bottle.
5. It will look like this.
6. Slice diagonally into 1 cm.
7. Combine the * ingredients with the ground sesame seeds. Mix together with cucumber slices. Best when chilled in fridge for 1 hour or more.

Story Behind this Recipe

Pen Pen (my 4-year-old) says that cucumbers are too tough to chew... hard to relate for us adults. So, I attempted to recreate a pounded cucumber recipe that I tried once at a Japanese pub! For kids, I omit the garlic and ginger. I had Pen Pen pound the cucumber with a rolling pin. The cucumbers had a different texture that was apparently refreshing.