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The day after I got the job !

October 22, 2011
My grandma’s sweet & sour cucumber recipe

A very simple recipe my mama taught me.


– One cucumber cut in half lengthways and then cut into thin strips
– 5 large eggs
– 2 tbsp of white vinegar
– 1 tsp of white sugar
– 1 tbsp of chicken brouillon/stock powder
–  2 tbsp of sweet chilli sauce
– 1 tbsp soy sauce
– 1 tbsp of tomato ketchup
– olive oil


Place the thin strips of cucumber in a bowl and add the white vinegar, making sure that you stir it in so that each piece is soaked in vinegar. Next add the sugar and mix well.

In a separate bowl add the sweet chilli sauce, chicken brouillon powder, soy sauce, and tomato ketchup, and whisk together creating a dark, thick sauce.

In a non-stick skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Once hot, gently crack an egg into the pan so that the yolk sits roughly in the middle. Leave for 30 seconds or once the bottom has become more firm, and flip the egg over, cooking until both sides are a golden yellow/brown colour. Repeat until all the eggs are cook. Set aside and cut the eggs into smaller bite-size pieces.

Add more olive oil to the same skillet and add in the sauce. Once you get the sauce simmering, add the eggs back in and stir well for 1 minute coating all the eggs in the sauce. Finally stir in the vinegar-soaked cucumber cooking until the flesh is soft yet skin still has a crunch to it (roughly 1-2 minutes — do not overcook !).

Serves.. well, really depends on how much you like the dish. If you liked it a lot, you could probably gobble it up all by yourself ! At home, we usually eat this with rice and other meaty dishes.

Story behind the title:

Since the beginning of this year I’ve been applying like crazy to as many graduate programs as I can, as I’m sure most final year students have been doing. And as most final year students know, it hasn’t been easy. The economy is slow, companies are cutting back on funding these programs, and the competition is high. But finally all that effort & waiting has paid off. Since July, I told myself that I would give myself 6 months to find something and not worry or be anxious in between — since it’s wasteful emotion anyway (according to Thomas I’m an optimist so my brain activity is low when faced with bad expectations — thanks brain !). I am very, very blessed and happy and shocked, especially as this is the one that I actually want to be a part of ! I am also thankful for having such a supportive work & life environment which has helped to say the least ! It was also dad’s birthday when I got the news yesterday, which I think was a pretty good present for him — he can tell his friends at badminton that his often mediocre daughter has finally found a job :-P

6 Comments leave one →
  1. October 22, 2011 10:07 pm

    yay ! – to you getting a job :)

  2. October 22, 2011 10:18 pm

    Congratulations!!!! So happy for you :-D And that recipe looks like something my grandma would have made too… fond memories :).

  3. October 23, 2011 1:52 am

    Congratulations !
    What job did you end up getting :D ? I’m quite nervous about having to apply for graduate jobs soon ! :S

    • mookxi permalink*
      October 23, 2011 8:55 pm

      It was a super grad job in the superannuation industry ! Pretty late intake but it’s good because last semester I was busy with uni and didn’t take applications as seriously as I should have. Where will you be applying to ? Don’t worry, that’s completely normal — applying is good learning experience ;-)

  4. October 23, 2011 11:19 pm

    Congrats! :)
    & that looks yummm!!
    Viets have a cucumber thing that you do too with a similar recipe :)
    Re: Deborah Lippmann nail polishes – the Happy Birthday one is really good! Removing it was a pain though! But all glitters are! I can’t speak for the wear of other polishes, but this was was quite good! Day 4 and it was slightly wearing off, and only chips on 2 nails :)

  5. October 26, 2011 2:39 pm

    Yum! Thanks for the recipe. I want to give it a go!

    PS. Congratulations!

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