October 27, 2009

Timun Char Swee (Stir Fry Cucumber with Vinegar)

Stir Fry Cucumber with Vinegar

This is one of my all time favorite nyonya dish. Very little chance I get to eat this,...only see this dish during Chinese New Year ! I can't recall seeing this dish in any of the nyonya restaurants in Klang Valley.

Seems that traditional nyonya dishes are getting lesser and lesser...the only time I can really find all the dishes are during the Chinese festive season or some special occasions.

Better note it down somewhere before it extinct....

Preparations: Peel Cucumber and remove the seeds, slice, then marinate with a pinch of salt, sugar and vinegar. leave aside, cut the Carrot and Onion, minced the Garlic. (Forgot to buy Red Chillies)

Prawn(shelled) , wash and clean the Chicken Gizzard & Chicken Liver thoroughly. Slice thinly !

Heat up the oil, saute the garlic till fragrant. Add in the prawn, gizzard and liver and stir fry for 2-3minutes.

Throw in the cucumber, carrot and onion, mix all the ingredients. Add in some water. Pour in cornflour(premix with water) to thicken the gravy.

Lastly salt to taste.

400g Cucumber (peel, remove seed & cut)
80g Carrot (sliced)
50g Onion (sliced)
10g Garlic (minced)
150g Prawn (shelled)
30g Chicken Gizzard (sliced thinly)
30g Chicken Liver (sliced thinly)
1tbsp Sugar
3tbsp Vinegar
1tsp Salt
1tsp Cornflour (mixed with 3tbsp water)
100ml Water


J said...

It looks so simple to make but I'm sure with your cooking skills, it's absolutely delicious. :)

toni said...

this one only the nyonya home in Malacca or Penang will serve , or maybe in st petersberg , with tomatos and Chinese Girls

NyonyaChef said...


It taste simple and sweet + sour.


True, it's a home cook food ! no no Chinese girls in Russia...only tomato as a dish. "Shocking Asia"

petite nyonya said...

Timun char so delicious! Yours has many ingredients like chicken liver etc. Lovely!

NyonyaChef said...

The usual Timun Swee only put chicken or prawn, but it's much tastier when add on the chicken gizzard & liver.

The Little Teochew said...

Real men cook ;) Well done! This dish looks really delicious!

hungryc said...

I love love this dish. I make mine real simply - just cucumbers, liver, red chilli and onions. They used to serve this for wedding lunches in Penang. Reading yr post makes me crave for this.

NyonyaChef said...

I love it too, just add in anything you liked and it's really appetizing. Happy cooking !