Southern Chinese

Yunnan Mint Salad

I had this at a Yunnanese restaurant in Beijing and was blown away by the idea of a whole bowlful of beautiful mint leaves as a side with spicy food. The leaves were lightly dressed […]

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Sichuan Mouthwatering Chicken (Ma La Ji Pian)

Sichuan Mouthwatering Chicken (Ma La Ji Pian)

This excellent cold dish, served in China as an appetizer, can be treated as a super-charged chicken salad. There are many variations of the traditional Sichuan chicken in chili oil sauce. The Chinese name means […]

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Sichuan Mouthwatering Beef (Ma La Niu Rou)

Sichuan Mouthwatering Beef (Ma La Niu Rou)

This beef is best served cold either as an appetizer or in combination with other cold dishes.

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Sichuan Ma La (Spicy) Crawfish or Shrimp 麻辣小龙虾

On one of my first trips to Chinatown in New York I was entranced by a tub of crawfish, which I knew were a treat in France and Louisiana. But we weren’t fans: there was […]

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