Hmong Cucumber Drink – Dib Kaus

Hmong cucumber drink
Hmong cucumber drink

This traditional Hmong dish is made with Hmong cucumbers and is a perfect drink/ side dish for a hot summer. One sip of this cool and refreshing drink will quench your thirst. The cucumber itself brings delightful crunchiness to the drink the same way water chestnuts do for the three color drink. You can get hmong cucumbers at the farmer’s markets or Hmong neighbors. My parents grow many of them every year in their garden.

Preparation: 5-10 minutes

Ingredients for 2 servings:

  • 1 hmong cucumber
  • 2-3 TB of sugar
  • ¼ cup of water
  1. Rinse the cucumber and cut in half lengthwise. With a spoon, dig out the center where the seeds are. The remaining is the cucumber flesh which is what you want for the drink. With the spoon, scrape lightly but rapidly up and down the cucumber sides and center. Do this until you get all the flesh off and there’s only the green outer skin left. Refer to the images for help.
  2. Add the water and start with 2 TB sugar and mix. If needs more sugar, add another TB of sugar. Mix in crushed ice and serve.

2 thoughts on “Hmong Cucumber Drink – Dib Kaus

  1. This is the most delicious drink I look forward to! Especially when it’s hot! Though it’s hard to find those big cucumbers, I believe using regular cucumbers is also good though you’d need quite a few of them.

  2. This sounds delicious. The type of Hmong cucumbers I am growing are meant to be red when ripe. Are you using that type for your recipe? Are they just picked early? Or is it a different variety? Thank you.

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