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MKMW: Acar Ketimum (Indonesian Cucumber Salad)

21 Jun


Many, many months ago I participated in a group called My Kitchen, My World. This group “travels” the world by selecting a new cuisine to prepare at least one dish from each month. June’s destination is Indonesia. I’ve never been to that side of the globe, and it will probably be quite some time, if ever, before I’ll have the opportunity to travel that far away from home. But that is what makes this group so much fun to participate in: just in trying to find a traditional recipe, I learned so much about the region, and then getting to cook a couple of Indonesian recipes to test out on my family was like a mini-vacation. Sadly the scenery is not quite the same, but hopefully the flavors were pretty close.

For my first dish I made a simple cucumber salad that was a big hit. I love cucumbers, and this salad dressing of vinegar, a touch of oil, and a few spices was a great compliment. I wouldn’t have thought of Indonesia as none of the flavors were really any different from a cucumber salad my grandmother makes, but I will definitely be making this recipe again.

Acar Ketimum

2 medium cucumbers, diced
1/2 cup white vinegar
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/2 tablespoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon sugar

Mix all ingredients together, and let marinate at least 30 minutes in the refrigerator before serving.

Serves 4.

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