Cucumber Sunomono Revisited

cucumber sunomono |


  • 2 cups japanese cucumbers (sliced thin. i used a mandolin; if you can’t find japanese cucumbers try to use any seedless)
  • 3 tablespoons rice vinegar ( the brand i used is kikkoman)
  • 1 tablespoons white sugar ( if you dont like things to be sweet use half or less)
  • 1.5 tablespoons mentsuyu (if using store bought ensure concentrates are diluted to 1:1)
  • sesame seeds (toasted as a garnish)


  1. Slice cucumbers using a mandolin or as thin as possible
  2. Put into a bowl, sprinkle liberally with salt, massage in salt with hands and let sit for at least 10 minutes.
  3. After it has sat with the salt, squeeze cucumber slices to remove all water, repeat several times until no more water comes out.
  4. Then rinse the cucumbers with water to get some of the salt out; and squeeze one more time or until no more water pools in the bottom of the bowl.
  5. Mix vinegar, sugar and mentsuyu with the cucumber and serve.

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