Very thinly sliced pork for shabu-shabu (or you can use thinly sliced pork roast)
1 teaspoon each
◎ Soy sauce
◎ Sesame oil
Ground white sesame seeds
Cut each cucumber into half lengthwise, and then cut each piece into 10 pieces.
Bash each cucumber piece with the flat side of a kitchen knife to crack the surface.
Sprinkle the cucumber pieces with salt and massage lightly.
Thinly slice the ginger, then finely julienne.
Slice the leek into half lengthwise, take out the core, cut into 4 pieces and finely shred.
Put the leek into a bowl of cold water.
Mix the ◎ ingredients together.
Bring a pot of water to a boil with a little salt. When it comes to a boil, turn off the heat. Shabu-shabu the pork slices (wave each piece around in the hot water for a brief period of time).
When the color of the meat changes, put into cold water to cool and firm up. Drain off the water well.
Add the squeezed out cucumber, pork, ginger and leek into the bowl with the ◎ ingredients and mix well. Sprinkle with ground sesame seeds to finish.
Story Behind this Recipe
I had 2 cucumbers left from some I'd bought on sale, so I decided to make a salad with them using ingredients I had in the refrigerator that could be served with rice. I don't like spicy food, and neither do my kids, but we all love this salad.
If you shabu-shabu the pork in the boiling water it will get tough, so turn the heat off before shabu-shabu (waving it around) in the hot water.