Acar Timun (Cucumber Pickles)

Acar Timun (Cucumber Pickles)

Course: Condiment
Cuisine: Indonesian
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Pickling time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 2 cups
Author: Marvellina
Super simple Indonesian version of cucumber pickles which accompanies many dishes from fried rice to meat dishes. Spicy, sweet, and sour!
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  • 2 medium size cucumber
  • 4 tbsp hot water
  • 4 tbsp sugar
  • 3 tbsp white vinegar
  • 3 red Thai chili cut into small pieces


  • Peel the cucumber and then cut into half vertically. Use a spoon with a sharp point, like grapefruit spoon for example, to scoop off the seeds. Regular spoon will work too, so don't sweat it if you don't have grapefruit spoon. It just makes the work a little easier
  • Cut the cucumber into cubes or you can cut it into half-circle shape. It doesn't matter. I prefer the cube shapes
  • Place the hot water and sugar in a glass-jar. Stir to dissolve the sugar. Add the vinegar and chili. Add the cucumber. Close the lid of the jar and shake it. You can pickle this in a non-reactive bowl too. Whatever works for you. Let it pickle for at least 1 hour in a refrigerator. I love it chilled because it's just so refreshing. You can store this in the refrigerator for up to 1 week