1Cut the ends off the cucumbers, cut in half lengthwise and use a small spoon to remove the seeds in the middle. Cut lengthwise into thin strips. Place in a colander, sprinkle the salt over and let sit for 1 hour. Drain and pat dry with paper towels.
2Heat the sesame oil on medium heat. Stir in the peppercorn. Stir for about 1 minute, until fragrant. Stir in the ginger and the hot chili oil.
3Turn the heat down and carefully add the red rice vinegar. Stir in the sugar. Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Remove from the heat and stir in the cucumbers.
4Transfer to a dish, cover and refrigerate overnight or 2 days. Toss again before serving.