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    Pickled Asian Pears (Wor Mei Lei)

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    72 hrs 15 mins

    15 mins

    72 hrs

    Gandalf The White's Note:

    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.

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    • 2 lbs pears, very hard, barely ripe
    • 1 1/3 cups Chinese white rice vinegar (can substitute distilled vinegar ( cider vinegar not recommended (adds too much apple flaovor)
    • 1 1/3 cups water
    • 1/2 cup sugar
    • 2 teaspoons salt


    1. 1
      Peel, wash, and dry the pears (julienne if you choose to -- ).
    2. 2
      Place all the remaining ingredients in an oversize glass jar.
    3. 3
      Mix well (non-metallic utensil, wood preferred) to ensure all the ingredients are dissolved.
    4. 4
      Add the pears to the jar, mix again, and cover tightly.
    5. 5
      Keep in refrigerator, undisturbed, for at least 3 days before use.
    6. 6
      These pears will keep refrigerated for at least 6 months.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on May 04, 2009


      Made these using Bosc pears would recommend quartering or slicing and rice vinegar. The sugar and vinegar are well balanced to make a tasty treat. We found they made a good snack, ie appetizer. May try putting some with either grilled meat or a salad.

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    Nutritional Facts for Pickled Asian Pears (Wor Mei Lei)

    Serving Size: 1 (222 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 228.6
    Calories from Fat 2
    Total Fat 0.2 g
    Saturated Fat 0.0 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 1166.5 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 60.1 g
    Dietary Fiber 7.0 g
    Sugars 47.2 g
    Protein 0.8 g

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    Chinese white rice vinegar

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