(Filipino-Style Vinegar Cucumbers)
November 1: National Vinegar Day
Filipino foods are often a blend of sour (asim), salty (alat) and sweet (tamis) flavors for a unique mouthwatering mix. Suka pipino (vinegar cucumbers) is an example of a Filipino-style side salad that has the cultural cuisine characteristic of “sour-salty-sweet” ingredients all in one.
Islander’s Mommy sometimes served suka pipino for her family. The simple yet very vinegary cucumbers balanced the soy sauce-marinated meat dishes that she also made for our mealtimes.
Savor some suka and pucker up with pipino and make vinegar cucumbers as a Filipino-style side salad on National Vinegar Day.
- 1 large cucumber
- ¼ cup vinegar (we used sugar cane vinegar)
- ½ teaspoon sugar
- salt and pepper to tast
Wash, pare and slice the cucumber. In a small bowl, combine the vinegar with the sugar. Mix in the sliced cucumbers. Salt and pepper to taste. Serve as a side salad.
- Apple cider vinegar may be used in this recipe instead of sugar cane vinegar. Clear vinegar also is fine.