Begin by cutting the cucumbers into 3-inch long pieces then using the flat side of your knife and the heel of your hand, bang the cucumber 3-4 times until it flattens and breaks open.
Place the smashed cucumbers into a colander in the sink. Sprinkle with 1 tsp. salt and toss. Let sit for 20 minutes. Then rinse with water and shake dry.
Meanwhile make the sauce. In a small bowl combine the garlic, soy sauce, vinegar, sugar and fish sauce. Whisk together until the sugar has dissolved.
Place the cucumbers into a bowl and pour in the sauce along with the sliced pepper. Toss together. Let sit for 20 minutes, up to 24 hours, to marinate then serve in a shallow bowl with torn mint leaves and a sprinkle of sesame seeds.
Recipe Courtesy of Megan Mitchell
Paid Partnership with Bonnie Plants