1/2 serrano or jalapeno pepper, seeded and thinly sliced, optional
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup rice vinegar
1/3 cup water
1 teaspoon each salt, garlic powder and pepper
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
1 small garlic clove, minced
1/2 teaspoon minced fresh gingerroot
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, optional
Optional toppings: minced fresh cilantro, chopped peanuts and additional sliced green onion
In a large bowl, combine the first six ingredients. In a small bowl, mix marinade ingredients, stirring to dissolve sugar. Pour over vegetables; toss to combine. Refrigerate, covered, 30 minutes or overnight.
Serve with a slotted spoon. Top as desired.
Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.