Ajat (Quick Thai Pickle)

1 cup white vinegar
1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup water
salt, to taste
3 large cucumbers, sliced in half-moons*
6 – 8 shallots, thinly sliced*
6 – 8 fresno peppers (or other mild peppers), sliced*
1 bunch cilantro leaves (optional)*

*To make fewer servings, cut back on the vegetables and cilantro, and use only a portion of the syrup. Save the rest of the syrup for the next batch.

In a medium pot over high heat, combine 1 cup white vinegar, 1 cup granulated sugar, and 1/4 cup water, and bring to a boil, stirring.

Remove from heat, and let cool, then add salt, to taste. Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

When ready to serve, arrange 3 large cucumbers, sliced in half-moons, 6 – 8 shallots, thinly sliced, and 6 – 8 jalapeno peppers (or other mild peppers), sliced in a bowl, and pour the cooled syrup over them.

Garnish with 1 bunch cilanto leaves. Serve alongside satay, curries, or other Thai dishes.

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