For a fast and satisfying lunch or dinner these are perfect. Although it may seem like a lot of salt, don't skimp ~ the cucumber and meat mixture requires it.
Hot house (long) Green Cucumber
about 3 tablespoons minced/ground pork (raw)
about 3 tablespoons (raw) shrimp
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons Soy Sauce
3 or 4 garlic cloves
Scant 1 teaspoon cracked black pepper corn, (or 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoons coarsely ground pepper)
* Reserve scooped out interior, and keep separate from the raw meat.
Mince the shrimp and mix with the ground pork (Although not authentic I do the mixing in the bowl of food processor fitted with the metal blade.)
Mince garlic with coarsely cracked black pepper corns on chopping board or in a mortar (or in the food processor).
Finely chop chives or scallions, by hand.
Add garlic and pepper, salt, soy sauce and chives/scallions to meat and mix well.
Fill the hollowed out cucumber with the stuffing:
Place them filling side up in shallow bowl to catch juices, set on rack of steamer and steam for 10 to 14 minutes. (I use instant read thermometer to test meat, should read 140-degrees (F) or above.)
Serve with hot rice
Can serve with sweet Chili Sauce for dipping
* Note: You may chop the scooped out cucumber and use it as a salad to go alongside, dressed with rice vinegar, salt, sugar & pepper or hot chili pepper. Serve chilled. Budget Bonus!