Som Tam Taeng – Spicy Cucumber Salad recipe from the Philippines


One of the themes of this book is that cooking is easy and that vegan cooking is easy, and that men and boys should be able to cook for themselves and for the goddess in their lives – whether it is their busy, over-worked mother, their girl friends, or their wives.

Women like vegan food because they are always thinking about controlling their weight.

Women and girls like men and boys who can cook. Compatibility in the kitchen may indicate compatibility in other rooms. Cooking together makes a perfect first date.

So, boys and men: Learn some vegan recipes and cook them up for the goddess in your life, and they will love you for it.

Try This Recipe:

Som Tam Taeng (Spicy Cucumber Salad recipe from the Philippines)


3 dried red chilies
5 cloves garlic
3 cups thinly shredded peeled cucumber
1 cup shredded peeled carrot
4 cherry tomatoes
3 tablespoons roasted peanuts
3 tablespoons lime juice
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons tamarind sauce
1 tablespoon sugar


Cut open the chilies and remove seeds. Soak for a few minutes in water. Remove chilies, squeeze them dry, and place them in a large bowl together with the garlic, cucumber, carrot, tomatoes and peanuts. Pound well with back of a heavy spoon while seasoning to taste with lime juice, soy sauce, salt, tamarind sauce and sugar. Makes 3 or 4 servings.

Note: Tamarind sauce is available in the Asian foods section of most supermarkets.