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This is from Eileen Yin-Fei Lo's "The Chinese Kitchen", one of the finest classic Chinese cookbooks in English. In this reciped, she uses "sah leh" (sand pears) and recommends substituting Bosc pears, but I have done this with Asian pears, specifically Hosui or Niitaka. The desirable characteristic is a hard, crisp fruit. This is a wonderful appetizer or amuse bouche ... You can either pickle the pears whole, or for an appetizer, you can julienne them.
- Peel, wash, and dry the pears (julienne if you choose to -- ).
- Place all the remaining ingredients in an oversize glass jar.
- Mix well (non-metallic utensil, wood preferred) to ensure all the ingredients are dissolved.
- Add the pears to the jar, mix again, and cover tightly.
- Keep in refrigerator, undisturbed, for at least 3 days before use.
- These pears will keep refrigerated for at least 6 months.