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3 plates of different style of Asian Cucumber Salads

Easy Asian Cucumber Salad Inspired by Din Tai Fung

  • Author: Janice Lalonde
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


Transform your mundane salad routine and inject it with excitement by trying my Din Tai Fung-Inspired Chinese Cucumber Salad recipe. Its refreshing crunch and tangy, flavorful homemade dressing can tantalize your taste buds.  This side dish stimulates your appetite, particularly on hot summer days. Elevate your salad game with our three innovative twists and leave a lasting impression on your guests.



Asian Cucumber Salad dressing –

1 1/2 Tablespoons of sugar

1 Tablespoon of toasted sesame oil

1 1/2 Tablespoons of Chinese rice vinegar

1 1/2 Tablespoons of Japanese Mirin

2 Tablespoons of regular soy sauce

3 Tablespoons of Homemade Chinese Chili Oil (Or store-bought chili oil)

3 cloves of garlic – Minced

1 Teaspoon of toasted white sesame



  • Step One – To prepare your cucumber, clean it according to your preferred style. Mix sea salt with the cucumber in a bowl, and refrigerate for 30 minutes to extract excess moisture.
  • Step Two – In a new clean mixing bowl, combine all ingredients listed above and stir until the sugar is fully dissolved. You may also microwave the bowl for 30 seconds to aid in melting the sugar into the sauce.
  • Step Three – After 30 minutes, remove the cucumbers from the fridge, rinse off the salt, and dry them with paper towels.
  • Step Four – Mix dressing, minced garlic, toasted sesame, and sliced Fresno pepper with cucumber and toss until well combined. Let the cucumber and dressing marinate for at least 30 minutes or refrigerate overnight for extra flavor.

3 Style of Cucumbers – Pick one and drizzle it with dressing

Persian Cucumber – To make the classic Din Tai Fung style

Slice them into half-inch or 1.5-cm pieces. When it’s time to plate, stack them in a pyramid shape and add some garlic and Fresno pepper slices as a garnish. 

English cucumberTo make the traditional smashed cucumber style

First, cut off each end of the cucumber and use one of the cut ends to rub the cucumber’s body to eliminate the bitterness. Rinse off the white substance and pat dry. Cut the cucumber in half lengthwise and use a large knife to smash it down with your hand or fist over the knife. The cucumber will immediately crack open, allowing you to cut it into bite-sized pieces roughly 3 inches long. 

Baby Cucumber – The unique artistic style 

Start by cutting the ends off the cucumber and washing it. Place the cucumber on a pair of chopsticks as a guide, and slice it vertically with a small knife. Then, flip it over and cut diagonally. Repeat for all 8 cucumbers to get a spiral effect.  


  • Allowing salted cucumbers to rest for 20-30 minutes in the fridge before adding the dressing helps extract excess water, resulting in a less watery salad.
  • A garlic press can extract flavor and achieve a stronger taste in Chinese cucumber salad by mashing the garlic into a fine paste-like texture for easy infusion into the dressing.
  • Allowing the cucumbers to marinate in the dressing for at least 30 minutes will allow the flavors to meld and develop.  Overnight is even better.
  • Toasted sesame seeds will enhance the fragrance and give the salad a nuttier flavor.
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Salad
  • Cuisine: Chinese

Keywords: Chinese, Cucumber Salad, Side dishes, Summer appetizer, Spicy, Taiwanese cuisine, Din Tai Fung.