Makes 1 to 1/2 cups
2 small cucumbers or 1 medium cucumber
1 shallot, minced (2 to 3 tbs) or 1 scallion, white and green parts, trimmed and minced
1 small hot red chile, such as a bird or cayenne pepper, stemmed, seeded and minced
2 tbs rice vinegar
1 tbs sugar
Coarse salt ( kosher or sea) and freshly ground pepper
Cut cucumbers into 1/4 inch dice. Place cucumbers, shallot, chile, rice vinegar, and sugar into mixing bowl and toss gently to mix. Season with salt and pepper to taste. The relish can be made up to 2 hours ahead.