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Every Grain of Rice: Simple Chinese Home Cooking by Fuchsia Dunlop

Every Grain of Rice: Simple Chinese Home Cooking by Fuchsia Dunlop

Author:Fuchsia Dunlop [Dunlop, Fuchsia]
Language: eng
Format: epub
Tags: Cooking, Regional & Ethnic, Chinese
ISBN: 9780393089042
Google: QaEtAAAAQBAJ
Amazon: 0393089045
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Published: 2013-02-04T05:00:00+00:00


CHINESE CABBAGE WITH VINEGAR

CU LIU BAI CAI 醋溜白菜

Chinese cabbage has a mild flavor, with just a hint of mustardy sharpness and, after cooking, a delightfully juicy texture. The following is a Sichuanese version of a simple but satisfying supper dish that is made in many parts of China, in which brown rice vinegar lends its mellow fragrance to the greens. The vinegar is added at the end of the cooking time, to preserve its aroma.

The name of the dish reminds me of a song, to the tune of “Happy Birthday,” which my Sichuanese friends Zhou Yu and Tao Ping sung to me once on my birthday in Chengdu: hancai baicai tudou! Hancai baicai tudou! It sounds a bit like the words to “Happy Birthday,” but means “Amaranth, Chinese cabbage, potatoes! Amaranth, Chinese cabbage, potatoes!”

11 oz (300g) Chinese leaf cabbage

2 tbsp cooking oil

¼ tsp sugar

Salt

2 tsp Chinkiang vinegar

1 tsp potato flour mixed with 1 tbsp water (optional)

Cut the cabbage into ⅜–¾ in (1–2cm) slices. Bring a panful of water to a boil and blanch the cabbage for a minute or two to soften the thicker parts of the leaves. Remove to a colander and shake dry.

Add the oil to a seasoned wok over a high flame, swirl it around, then add the cabbage and stir-fry for a couple of minutes. Add the sugar, and salt to taste. Pour in the vinegar and stir swiftly in. If you are using the flour mixture, add it now and stir quickly to allow it to thicken the juices. Serve.



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