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Cucumber or 'tangua' is called for most fresh vegetable side dish accompanying hot dishes.

In the U.S., there are 3 types of cucumber, English cucumber, regular cucumber, and pickling cucumber. English cucumbers are dark green and has soft seeds while regular cucumbers are dark green with yellow stripes and may have hard, white seeds. Pickling cucumbers are light green with white or yellow stripes and used for pickling but available fresh.

In Thailand, only pickling cucumbers are available. They are smaller and very crunchy.

For all Thai cooking, I find that there are no difference with any of the available U.S. cucumbers.

Recipes made with cucumber

  • barbeque pork on rice

    Barbeque Pork on Rice

    Kow Moo Dang

    Five spiced barbeque pork on rice

  • chicken on rice with hot yellow bean sauce

    Chicken on Rice with Hot Yellow Bean Sauce

    Kow Mun Gai

    Chicken on rice cooked in chicken broth served with spicy soy bean sauce

  • chinese olive fried rice

    Chinese Olive Fried Rice

    Kow Pad Nam Leab

    Exotic Chinese olive fried rice

  • satay - modern thai version

    Satay - Modern Thai Version


    Marinaded and grilled pork served on skewers with peanut sauce

  • cucumber in vinegar

    Cucumber in Vinegar


    Sliced cucumber in vinegar

  • cucumber salad

    Cucumber Salad

    Yum Tang Gua

    Sliced cucumber, tomato, onion dressed in Thai sauce

  • tod mun sauce

    Tod Mun Sauce

    Nam Jim Tod Mun

    The cucumber is pickled in sweet sour hot sauce topped with crushed peanuts.

  • tod mun

    Tod Mun

    Fried fish cake, spiced with Thai curry and kaffir lime leaves.

  • pork basil

    Pork Basil

    Pad Gaproa Moosub Kaidow

    Spicy ground pork stir-fried with fragrant holy basil. Served over jasmine rice, a fried egg and garlic chili fish sauce.

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