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
Kow Moo Dang
Five spiced barbeque pork on rice
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
Kow Pad Nam Leab
Exotic Chinese olive fried rice
Marinated and grilled pork served on skewers with peanut sauce. A simpler recipe.
Satay - Modern Thai Version
Marinaded and grilled pork served on skewers with peanut sauce
Stewed beef and potato in spicy curry.
Cucumber in Vinegar
Sliced cucumber in vinegar
Yum Tang Gua
Sliced cucumber, tomato, onion dressed in Thai sauce
Thai style fried rice
Tod Mun Sauce
Nam Jim Tod Mun
The cucumber is pickled in sweet sour hot sauce topped with crushed peanuts.
Fried fish cake, spiced with Thai curry and kaffir lime leaves.
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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