1 tablespoon groundnut oil (peanut)
6 long dried chiles
2 teaspoons Sichuan peppercorns
1 star anise
3 1/2 ounces smoked bacon lardons (cut in 1/4-inch pieces)
1 medium red chile, seeded and finely chopped
1 tablespoon Shaohsing rice wine or dry sherry
2 tablespoons clear rice vinegar or cider vinegar
2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
7 ounces cucumber, halved lengthwise, seeded, and sliced into 1/2-inch thick wedges
Pinch sea salt
1 to 2 pinches dried chile flakes
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 tablespoon chile oil
1 very small handful fresh cilantro leaves, roughly chopped
Dry-roasted peanuts, optional
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