Cucumber, chili and tomato salad

About 10 days ago, I cooked a batch of Southern style fried chicken but with a totally Asian take. While the texture was the same as traditional Southern style fried chicken, the aroma, color and flavors were totally different. Fried chicken, Asian style

To accompany the fried chicken, I made a simple salad. The dressing? Oil free. Just lemon juice, sugar and patis (fish sauce). Don’t look shocked. Once mixed with the onions, chili and cilantro, the effect was wonderful.


  • 1 cucumber, peeled and cut into half-inch cubes
    4 tomatoes, cut into half-inch cubes
    1 finger chili, sliced thinly
    12 to 15 onion leaves, cut into half-inch lengths
    1 small onion, roughly chopped
    juice of half a lemon (I used native lemon, the one with the green peel)
    ½ tsp. of patis (fish sauce)
    1 tbsp. of sugar
    cilantro leaves, for garnish


  1. Place all the salad ingredients, except the cilantro, in a bowl. Toss gently using your fingers. Sprinkle the cilantro on top before serving.

Prep time (duration): 5 minutes

Number of servings (yield): 4

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5 Responses

  1. Zynnie says:

    Like an Asian pico de gallo ;) Looks very refreshing. Can’t wait to try it with fried fish too!

  2. lemon says:

    Will definitely try this. Since the day I tasted this salad made by a friend, and combined with inihaw na tanigue,I have made cilantro a regular in our freezer.

  3. lorie says:

    hi masarap sya tamang tama n magpartner sla ng fried chicken appetizer i love it..cucumber tomato salad try add manibalang na mangga masarap sya.. i partner din sa pritong isda..tnx.

  4. Crisma says:

    Does it really have to be patis, Connie? O sige na nga, I believe you and I think this is one of those that I have to try one of these days. Thanks.

  1. August 4, 2010

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