Vegetables

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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Celery, Tofu, and Peanut Salad

This is my variation of one of the first recipes I tried from Every Grain of Rice by Fuchsia Dunlop. Easy, delicious, and surprising.  I have lovage in my garden, which has a strong celery-lemon flavor, and plan […]

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Cucumber with Garlic and Sesame Oil

Cucumber with Garlic and Sesame Oil

This is a simple, versatile side dish that people unfamiliar with Chinese cuisine enjoy immediately. The amount of garlic can be reduced, and the dark sesame oil and salt can be adjusted to taste.

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Hot and Sour Potato Shreds 酸辣土豆丝 (suān là tǔdòusī)

Serves: 4

Here’s how to make a really delicious home-style comfort dish that can be found in almost any restaurant in China. You basically thinly julienne potatoes and then toss them in a wok with oil, Chinese […]

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Braised Eggplant 红烧茄子 (hóngshāo qiézi)

Braised Eggplant 红烧茄子 (hóngshāo qiézi)

Serves: 4

This is my favorite Chinese dish. It is vegetarian and extremely flavorful. You can adjust the spiciness by changing the amount of crushed pepper. Actually, this dish is even better the next day, when all […]

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