Active Time
10 MIN
Total Time
25 MIN
Yield
Serves : 6

Michael Black, an army brat, grew up eating his Okinawan mother's cooking in Japan, North Carolina and Germany. When he became a professional chef, he sometimes re-created those dishes with the help of a comprehensive book from the 1970s about Okinawan food, Ryukyu Ryori. Black's mother made this incredibly simple salad with only three ingredients: long, thin Japanese cucumbers, shoyu (Japanese soy sauce) and bonito flakes (shavings of dried smoked bonito, a kind of tuna). Black's version, which he serves at San Francisco's cult Japanese restaurant Sebo, is topped with a lovely sesame-soy vinaigrette and scallions.    More Great Salads  

How to Make It

Step

In a bowl, combine the shoyu with the rice vinegar and sesame oil. Using a vegetable peeler, remove strips of skin from the cucumbers. Halve the cucumbers lengthwise and cut crosswise into 1/2-inch half moons. Add the cucumbers and scallions to the bowl, season with pepper and toss to coat. Refrigerate for 15 minutes. Sprinkle with the bonito flakes and serve.

Notes

Shoyu is less salty than Chinese soy sauce. Both shoyu and bonito flakes are available at Asian specialty-food stores.

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