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    Ma La Suan Huang Gua (Hot and Sour Cucumber)

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    KunmingCook's Note:

    This recipe comes from 'Ji Pin Su Cai' (Best Vegetable Dishes), a 30-cent, 5-inch-square, paperback cookbook from Wal-Mart in China. It's simple home-style Chinese cooking. Chinese cookbooks assume you will know how much of each condiment and seasoning to add, so most of the ingredients are listed 'ge shi liang'--to taste. I've suggested amounts, but you can adjust according to your own preference.

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    • 250 g cucumbers
    • 4 dried red chilies (to taste)
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt (to taste)
    • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar (to taste)
    • 1 tablespoon soy sauce (to taste)
    • 1/4 teaspoon red chili pepper flakes (to taste)
    • 1/4 teaspoon szechuan peppercorns (to taste)
    • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil (to taste)


    1. 1
      Wash cucumber, cut in half lengthwise, slice 1/4-inch thick on the diagonal.
    2. 2
      Place sichuan peppercorns in heat-proof bowl. Thinly slice dried chilies.
    3. 3
      Heat empty wok over highest eat. Add 1 T oil and swirl. Add cucumbers and stir-fry. Add chilies, vinegar, salt, soy sauce, and chili flakes, tossing after each addition. Transfer to serving dish.
    4. 4
      Reheat the same wok, add 2nd T oil and heat. Turn off heat, pour oil over sichuan peppercorns to make flavored oil. Pour oil and peppercorns over cucumbers.
    5. 5
      Serve as part of a Chinese meal: rice, soup, and a balanced variety of dishes--one per person.

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    Nutritional Facts for Ma La Suan Huang Gua (Hot and Sour Cucumber)

    Serving Size: 1 (121 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 90.6
    Calories from Fat 63
    Total Fat 7.1 g
    Saturated Fat 0.9 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 404.7 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 6.5 g
    Dietary Fiber 1.0 g
    Sugars 3.5 g
    Protein 1.7 g

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    szechuan peppercorns

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