Spicy Cucumber Salad

2 medium cucumbers
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon brown sugar
1 fresh red chili pepper
1 tablespoon Asian sesame oil

Peel the cucumbers if desired. 
Cut in half lengthwise,and scoop out the seeds in the middle.
Cut diagonally into thin slices, no more than 1/2 inch.

Lay the cucumber slices in a colander and sprinkle with salt.
Leave for at least 1 hour and pat dry with paper towels, 
squeezing out any excess water.

While desalting the cucumbers, in a small bowl, 
whisk together the red wine vinegar,soy sauce and brown sugar. 
Cut the chili pepper in half, remove the seeds and chop into pieces.

Heat the sesame oil on medium heat. 
Add the chopped chili pepper and heat for about 30 seconds.
Re-stir the sauce and pour it into the wok. Heat briefly, stirring, to blend the flavors.

Add the cucumbers and cook briefly (no more than 1 minute), stirring to heat thorough.
Serve immediately hot, or cover and chill before serving.

Courtesy: Chef Rhonda Parkinson,