CHINESE CELERY SALAD - BAN QINCAI - 拌芹菜


Chinese celery salad - Ban qincai - 拌芹菜

This is a recipe I picked up somewhere in a book I might have borrowed once. I can't recall which book it was and how I came to borrow it, it could be from a library or a person. Or maybe a book I might have looked into at a second hand bookshop. But it was so simple and easy to remember that it stayed in my head. The dish is vegetarian, but it is also wonderful as a side dish with an Asian style barbeque or Asian meal. It's a Chinese recipe, but as for the Chinese salted soy sauce you can also use the Japanese Kikkoman or Marukin soy sauce. Doubling the quantities will make it easy into a big party dish and most of the work you can do before the guests arrive, which is very convenient. For a chinese style meal there are often a lot of dishes to prepare in a very short period of time, so being able to do something ahead reduces some of the hectic. Leftovers of the salad can simply be made into a cold lunch dish for the day after by mixing it with some cold soba noedels, nori and a bit of toasted sesame seed as garnish.

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