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Spicy Cucumber Salad Recipe

Spicy Cucumber Salad

For a quick salad, wholesome side dish that tastes really great. You gotta try this spicy cucumber salad, which is a salty, savory, sweet, and acidic dish. Your palate will be delighted by the salad’s additional flavors and crunchy textures. It works well as a side dish to any fried dish!

This recipe is a dish from Laos Cuisine and was also adapted by its Asian neighboring countries. In Thai they love Som Tam Tang which is made of green Papaya. Tum Tang is somehow similar, in taste sweet, sour, salty and pungent in’s just that Cucumbers are used.

Spicy Cucumber Salad Recipe


  • 1 large cucumber (2 medium)
  • 3-6 red chilies, (2 chillies are mild in taste)
  • 1 tablespoon shrimp paste
  • ½ tablespoon tamarind paste (optional)
  • 6 tomatoes, chopped 
  • 1 and ½ tablespoons sugar (Thai use palm sugar)
  • 1 tablespoon Bagoong Isda (In Thailand they use “Padaek” or Padek Thai Fish Sauce)
  • Lime/Calamansi, juiced 
  • Patis, to taste
  • You will Need: Large mortar and pestle


  1. Slightly chop cucumber vertically and scrape with a knife, to get julienned pieces. Whichever way you want to slice it, you just need little pieces of sticks.
  2. Combine all the ingredients and pound it in the mortar until all the juices of the cucumbers and other ingredients and sauce are combined. Just mash it altogether.
  3. Serve and enjoy!