Cucumber and Radish Pickles, makes 1 quart

  • 2 cups seasoned rice-wine vinegar

  • 1/4 cup sugar

  • 2 tablespoons coarse salt

  • 2 tablespoons sambal chili paste

  • 1 tablespoon coriander seeds

  • 3 kirby cucumbers, sliced and/or quartered

  • 3 breakfast radishes, trimmed and halved lengthwise

  • 1/4 cup cilantro leaves

  • Extra-virgin olive oil

  1. In a large saucepan bring 2 cups water, vinegar, sugar, salt, chili paste, and coriander seeds to a boil over medium-high heat.

  2. Place cucumbers and radishes in a medium heatproof container; pour hot liquid over cucumbers and radishes; weigh down with a plate to submerge. Cover and transfer to refrigerator until chilled, at least 24 hours and up to 3 days.

  3. Drain and toss with cilantro leaves. Drizzle with olive oil before serving.

    I used regular cukes because kirbys were not in the market.  Added many more radishes.