Acar Timun – Indonesian Pickled Cucumber

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When you go to Indonesian restaurants, you will often see a jar of pickled cucumber called Acar Timun on the table. This refreshing condiment is a very important for any dish such as Nasi Goreng or Soto Tangkar!

Acar Timun
Acar Timun

Acar Timun is a mix of cucumber, carrot, shallots, and green chilis in a seasoned water. It serves as a refreshing condiment for big meals. It acts as a closing to a delectable meal.

You can also find acar timun in many Asian countries like Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei and also in some Dutch cuisines.

Why is Acar Timun an Important Condiment?

Sometimes after eating a big meal, you want to close it with something refreshing. In Indonesia it is a custom to close it with acar. You can also eat acar along with the main course and it takes the meal to the next level when you pair it with acar.

The ingredients include freshlu diced cucumber without the seeds, diced carrots, shallots, and fresh green chilis. It is a perfect balance between sweet and sour. That’s why it gives the meal a refreshing sensation.

What Does Pickled Cucumber Taste Like?

Indonesian Pickled Cucumber or Acar Timun has sweetness and tanginess in it. It is sweet, and sour at the same time. It gives refreshing sensation when you eat meals like Nasi Goreng Kampung, Indonesian Beef Stew (Soto Betawi) or Soto Tangkar.

It is similar to Thai Achat, a condiment in Thailand. There is also another similar condiment from Vietnam that tastes like Acar. You can find it in Banh Mi.

In indonesia, you can find several types of acar or pickled vegetables in Indonesia. I am going to share you the most common one that you can find in many Indonesian restaurants.

Is It Spicy?

Acar Timun has fresh green chilis in the ingredient. Don’t worry. Since the green chilis are tossed inside the acar without slicing it, it will not give any heat to the pickle. It is spicy only when you cut it and eat it together with your meal.

Indonesian Meals to Serve with Acar

acar timun
Acar Timun

There are many Indonesian meals that serve well with Acar. I think most meals in Indonesia go along pretty well with acar.

Nasi Goreng Kampung or Indonesian Fried Rice, Soto Tangkar, Soto Betawi, Bihun Goreng, Bakmi Goreng, Lumpia Goreng, Martabak Telur and many more.

Acar Timun Recipe

  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 carrot
  • 3-5 shallots
  • 15-20 pcs fresh green chilis

Seasoning

  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp mushroom powder
  • 1 tbsp vinegar
  • 100 ml water

Instructions

  1. Wash clean the cucumber. Cut in the middle, throw away the seed part, so only the white part is used. Cut it into dice size.
take away the center part
Take away the center part of the cucumber
  1. Peel the carrot and dice it.
Cut the carrot into dice
Cut the carrot into dice size
  1. Cut the shallots in small pieces.
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Cut the shallots
  1. Toss all the vegetables including the fresh green chilis in a bowl or a container.
  2. Add the seasoning and water. Mix well until sugar dissolves.
add seasoning acar timun
Add seasoning
add vinegar acar timun
Add vinegar
pour in water acar timun
Pour in water
  1. Keep in a container in the chiller overnight.
  2. After 1-2 days, the acar timun will even taste better.
  3. Enjoy with other Indonesian meals.

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Keep in a container in the chiller

Note

  • Wash clean all vegetables before cutting them.
  • Keep all the vegetables in a closed container during marination process. You can also cling wrap the bowl if you are using a bowl.
  • Remember to take out the center part of the cucumber so the cucumber stay fresh longer.

Storage

Acar Timun is best kept in a closed container in the chiller. The vegetables will absorb the seasoning liquid day after day. As a result, it tastes even better after a few days.

This pickled vegetables can last for two weeks in the chiller. Every time you want to use it, take it out from the chiller. It is best served cold.

FAQs

Q: Can I make Acar Timun in advance?

A: Yes, you can make Acar Timun in advance. Keep in the chiller for a few days, it will even taste better.

Q: What other vegetables can I put in the Acar?

A: The vegetables in Acar are usually cucumber, carrot, shallots, and green chilis. You can also put other vegetables. I have seen people use garlic and red chilis.

Q: Can I use less sugar?

A: Sure. The recipe I mentioned above is not absolute. You can adjust the sweetness by reducing or adding the sugar. Some people may like it sweet while some don’t. Also adjust the vinegar if you can’t stand sourness.

Q: Can I keep the seeds in the cucumber?

A: It is highly recommended to take away the seed part of the cucumber as shown above. The center part is watery, this is the part that makes cucumber rot easily. So you want to take it away.

Indonesian meals that use Acar Timun:

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acar timun

ACAR TIMUN

Yield: 8 portion
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

When you go to Indonesian restaurants, you will often see a jar of pickled cucumber called Acar Timun on the table. This refreshing condiment is a very important for any dish such as Nasi Goreng or Soto Tangkar!

Ingredients

  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 carrot
  • 3-5 shallots
  • 15-20 pcs fresh green chilis

Seasoning

  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp mushroom powder
  • 1 tbsp vinegar
  • 100 ml water

Instructions

    1. Wash clean the cucumber. Cut in the middle, throw away the seed part, so only the white part is used. Cut it into dice size.
    2. Peel the carrot and dice it.
    3. Cut the shallots in small pieces.
    4. Toss all the vegetables including the fresh green chilis in a bowl or a container.
    5. Add the seasoning and water. Mix well until sugar dissolves.
    6. Keep in a container in the chiller overnight.
    7. After 1-2 days, the acar timun will even taste better.
    8. Enjoy with other Indonesian meals.



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