Cucumber Salad

I’m knee deep in sugar. Literally! I’ve been testing and re-testing and dreaming about and sampling many, many DESSERT recipes for the “Sweet Treats” chapter of The Recipe Girl Cookbook. The past few weeks have been delicious and full of some pretty major gym workouts to manage all of those “tasting” calories. This Cucumber Salad recipe was a welcome, healthy reprieve, for sure.

The recipe comes from a new cookbook by Bee Yin Low, the writer behind the popular food blog: Rasa Malaysia. The cookbook is called, “Easy Chinese Recipes: Family Favorites from Dim Sum to Kung Pao.”  It’s a collection of Low’s all-time favorite dishes that are simple and easy to cook and eat at home.  Low says there is a general misconception that Chinese food is unhealthy, greasy, and mostly deep-fried.  In reality, Low says, there are many fresh and healthy Chinese recipes, such as this Cucumber Salad.  I’m giving away a copy of Easy Chinese Recipes today- see the end of this post for details!

Here’s how you make it:

You’ll need a cucumber… about 8 to 10-inches long.  Chop off the ends.

Cut it in fourths- lengthwise.

Slice off the seeds.

Cut each piece diagonally into 1/2-inch pieces.

Sprinkle the cucumber with salt.

Let the cucumber sit at room temperature for 30 minutes (to draw out the moisture in the cucumber). Then drain the liquid from the dish.  I actually rinsed it at this point too since I didn’t want an overwhelming salty flavor.

At this point, transfer the cucumber to a plastic bowl with a lid.  Add sugar…

…and rice vinegar.

Put the lid on the bowl, shake it up to coat the cucumbers, and refrigerate it for an hour.  This will give it a chance to soak up those flavors.  The vinegar helps add crunch to the cucumber.

Serve this up as an appetizer or a side dish, or as a salad too.

It makes just two servings- and each serving is 35 calories and only 1 Weight Watchers Points Plus (if you need to know that sort of thing).

It actually isn’t a Weight Watchers recipe at all… it just happens to be one of those wonderful, “fresh and healthy” recipes that Bee spoke of in her cookbook :)  And guess what?  We loved it!  It was crunchy and slightly sweet and totally refreshing.  Yay for healthy Chinese food!

I’m giving away a copy of Low’s Easy Chinese Recipes cookbook.  See details below…

Highlight recipes from the book:
Familiar favorites like Tasty Lettuce Wraps, Honey Walnut Shrimp, Pot Stickers, and Yangzhou Fried Rice AND Chinese Takeout Favorites like Simple Egg Drop Soup, Kung Pao Chicken and Beef with Broccoli.

I love that Bee includes information on techniques of stir frying, sharing the basic tools and utensils for Chinese cooking and explaining some of those unfamiliar Chinese ingredients.  And the best part:  there are photos of every single recipe in the book!

For a chance to win a copy of Easy Chinese Recipes, leave a comment below sharing your favorite Chinese food.  This giveaway is open to anyone with a USA mailing address. One winner will be chosen at the end of the day on Wednesday, Jan. 25th via random.org and will be contacted via email.  The winner will receive one copy of Easy Chinese Recipes, which will be mailed from the publisher.

This giveaway is now closed!  The winner (selected via Random.org) is commenter #154 Veronica. Thanks to all for entering!

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Cucumber Salad

Yield: 2 servings

Prep Time: 20 min + marinating and chill time

Ingredients:

1 cucumber (about 8 ounces- or 250 grams)
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons granulated white sugar
2 teaspoons Chinese rice vinegar

Directions:

1. Rinse the cucumber thoroughly with cold running water.

2. Cut off the ends of the cucumber and discard. Quarter the cucumber lengthwise. Slice off the seeds and discard. Slice the cucumber diagonally into pieces, each about 1/2-inch wide.

3. Transfer the sliced cucumber to a bowl and sprinkle salt over. Stir and then let the salted cucumber sit at room temperature for 30 minutes. Drain the liquid from the bowl, rinse the cucumber and drain again. Transfer the cucumber to a plastic bowl (with a matching lid).

4. Add sugar and vinegar to the cucumber in the bowl. Place the lid on top and shake it to combine. Refrigerate the cucumber salad for at least one hour before serving.

Nutritional Information per serving:
Serving size: 1/2 of the salad
Calories per serving: 35
Fat per serving: .2g
Saturated Fat per serving: 0g
Sugar per serving: 7g
Fiber per serving: .8g
Protein per serving: .7g
Cholesterol per serving: 0mg
Carbohydrates per serving: 7.9g

WW POINTS per serving:
Points Plus Program: 1 Old Points Program: 1

Source: RecipeGirl.com (adapted from Easy Chinese Recipes)

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207 Responses to “Cucumber Salad”

  1. 1

    Marvleen Hollenbeck — January 23, 2012 @ 3:08 AM

    Pot stickers with a great dipping sauce has always been my favorite.

  2. 2

    Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga — January 23, 2012 @ 3:36 AM

    Fave Chinese Food — egg rolls with lots of sweet & sour sauce

  3. 3

    Val — January 23, 2012 @ 3:43 AM

    Love good Chinese…I think I’ll go basic and say fried rice.

  4. 4

    Katrina — January 23, 2012 @ 4:05 AM

    Whoa! So easy. This sounds yummy!

  5. 5

    Becki's Whole Life — January 23, 2012 @ 4:08 AM

    Oh gosh – a good spring roll is probably on top of my list! I would love to win this cookbook:-) The cukes look yummy – a favorite veggie in this house all around.

  6. 6

    Kristi — January 23, 2012 @ 4:41 AM

    I make those cucumbers too and they are so yummy! My favorite away-from-home Chinese food is crab cheese wontons. My favorite Chinese-at-home food is the mongolian beef my husband makes. Delicious!

  7. 7

    kathy — January 23, 2012 @ 5:41 AM

    Honey glazed walnut shrimp has got to be my all time favorite… YUM!

  8. 8

    Jill Cowette — January 23, 2012 @ 5:51 AM

    mmmm….sesame chicken. My homemade version is killer.

  9. 9

    Kim K. — January 23, 2012 @ 5:54 AM

    I LOVE lo mein! BTW, I’m making this cucumber recipe today!

  10. 10

    Cookbook Queen — January 23, 2012 @ 6:06 AM

    Fried Rice or Lo Mein. Always.

    This cucumber salad looks so bright and yummy!! Can’t wait to see your cookbook!!

  11. 11

    Brittany — January 23, 2012 @ 6:15 AM

    I’m a fried rice feen. I could probably even eat it every day…shrimp fried rice, pork fried rice, vegetable fried rice….you name, I love it. So this cookbook would be especially helpful to finally learn how to make it myself! :)

  12. 12

    Lauren G — January 23, 2012 @ 6:17 AM

    I keep it simple-veggie fried rice and crab Rangoon covered in soy sauce..not even close to being considered healthy!

  13. 13

    Damyon — January 23, 2012 @ 6:28 AM

    Roast pork with chinese vegetables

  14. 14

    Maria — January 23, 2012 @ 6:37 AM

    Love this fresh and easy salad!

  15. 15

    Sherry — January 23, 2012 @ 6:38 AM

    My favorite Chinese food would have to be a well made General Tso’s Chicken. Would love to win this cook book as I have been cooking more Asian meals lately!

  16. 16

    Jodie Miles — January 23, 2012 @ 6:54 AM

    I really love orange chicken. I think that I crave Chinese food more than anything else but I am not the best when it comes to making specific dishes…would love this cookbook! I’m sure I would learn a thing or two that could help when preparing. Thanks

  17. 17

    louise Parks — January 23, 2012 @ 7:05 AM

    Wow! I love Chinese Food. My favorite is sweet & sour chicken. Mmmmmmm. Love to be able to make it at home . :)

  18. 18

    Bunny — January 23, 2012 @ 7:05 AM

    I’d say Sesame Chicken but the other night we ate chicken lettuce rolls at PF Changs and oh my! Sooo good!

  19. 19

    LeAnne Efferson — January 23, 2012 @ 7:06 AM

    My favorite Chinese dish is Chicken in Garlic sauce!

  20. 20

    Melissa H. — January 23, 2012 @ 7:16 AM

    Chicken Fried Rice and Egg Rolls….LOVE IT!

  21. 21

    mary — January 23, 2012 @ 7:18 AM

    sounds delish! we love chinese. my kids looooove orange chicken.

  22. 22

    Rhonda — January 23, 2012 @ 7:18 AM

    Love cucumber salads! You can do so much with a cucumber. Also love chinese cuisine. Hope to win the cookbook! :)

  23. 23

    Monica Cook — January 23, 2012 @ 7:20 AM

    I would love this book. My hubs loves Asian food and I’m looking for low-cal variations.

  24. 24

    Bianca — January 23, 2012 @ 7:21 AM

    My all-time favorite is kung pao shrimp, but I’ve never attempted to make it myself.

  25. 25

    Ginger — January 23, 2012 @ 7:26 AM

    This looks so good! Thank you for sharing! Going to have my son make this for dinner tonight!

  26. 26

    Ann Godfrey — January 23, 2012 @ 7:28 AM

    Sesame Chicken with an Apricot and Horseradish and Mustard Sauce:
    1. 3-4 chicken breasts, skinned, boned, cut into 1 or 1 and 1/2 inch pieces, or a whole chicken cut up into pieces…
    2. Dip pieces into this batter: 1 egg slightly beaten, 1/2 cup water, 3/4 tsp salt, 2-3 teaspoons sesame seeds, 1/2 cup flour.
    3. Drain chicken pieces.
    4. Use 1 quart of oil; your preference…..Peanut oil would be fine here.
    5. Heat oil over medium heat. Cook chicken pieces until done.
    6. Dipping Sauce for chicken: 1/2 cup pineapple or apricot preserves, 4 tablespoons of prepared mustard and 2 tablespoons of horseradish. Cook for three minutes…..Enjoy!

  27. 27

    Bev Weidner — January 23, 2012 @ 7:32 AM

    Potstickers! Or dumplings. Whatever you call them.

    That cuc salad is gor.geous.

  28. 28

    Shaunta Knibb — January 23, 2012 @ 7:42 AM

    Mu shu pork nut I may have spelled it incorrectly.

  29. 29

    Kim — January 23, 2012 @ 7:50 AM

    I love the deep fried goodness like sweet and sour or orange chicken – which really isn’t anything like what I actually ate in China. There I really loved the fried pancakes and dumplings.

  30. 30

    Sara Stewart — January 23, 2012 @ 7:51 AM

    Definitely Chinese dumplings!

  31. 31

    Rachel — January 23, 2012 @ 8:01 AM

    szechuan cucumber salad that i had in hong kong and have never been able to recreate!

  32. 32

    Lynne @ 365 Dys of Baking — January 23, 2012 @ 8:04 AM

    Oooh, Lori, this looks delicious! I love cucumber salads!
    I m so in love with vegetable lo mein – the combination of noodles with the veggies…ooh, yum. Ok, now I want that for lunch.

  33. 33

    Sandy — January 23, 2012 @ 8:07 AM

    The only recipe I’ve tried to cook is Moo Goo Gai Pan, which I love!

  34. 34

    Vicki — January 23, 2012 @ 8:09 AM

    There was a very small place near my daughters college campus (Illinois State U, in Bloomington/Normal, IL) that has a dish called The Pheonix and the Dragon. So full of flavors and so different from anything I see at any other place. Any of our local places do not have this dish on their menu, so I’m in search of a reason to drive 2-1/2 miles for chinese food, lol!

  35. 35

    Vicki — January 23, 2012 @ 8:10 AM

    sorry, above should read 2-1/2 hours not miles, lol.

  36. 36

    Julie N — January 23, 2012 @ 8:17 AM

    This cookbook looks fabulous! I love spring rolls!

  37. 37

    Denise13 — January 23, 2012 @ 8:21 AM

    I remember the first time I ate Honey Walnut Shrimp, a fellow student (such a nice young man) brought his leftovers to nursing school one day and let me taste it. If I could have, I would have eaten every last morsel and liked the bowl clean! It was one of the best taste sensations of my life!!

  38. 38

    Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl — January 23, 2012 @ 8:24 AM

    My favorite Chinese dish is Kung Pao Chicken, from a hole-in-the-wall, very authentic restaurant close to my house. Nothing beats it!

  39. 39

    Stacey B — January 23, 2012 @ 8:29 AM

    I love to make stir fry and fried rice, but am not very good at it. Having an easy cookbook would help a lot! We try to go out for dinner, but having three kids, the youngest of which is 3 months Makes it hard.

  40. 40

    Aimee — January 23, 2012 @ 8:33 AM

    I used to teach Citizenship classes and two of my students were sisters from China. Their family owned a local Chinese restaurant and they brought me a little brown bag with a treat every class. It was so sweet of them to do. My absolute favorite was this sesame broccoli dish. So yummy!

  41. 41

    Dawn Lang — January 23, 2012 @ 8:34 AM

    Chicken and pea pods is one of my favorites. Crab Rangoon. Egg rolls. Beef Chop Suey. Sesame Chicken. (now I’m hungry!)

  42. 42

    Alicia — January 23, 2012 @ 8:40 AM

    I looove Chinese food…. I have to say my favorite is Moo Shu Pork!!

  43. 43

    Celeste B. — January 23, 2012 @ 8:51 AM

    I love anything with lots of vegetables and a tasty sauce.

  44. 44

    Shannon — January 23, 2012 @ 9:00 AM

    I love Gen Tso’s Chicken or Kung Po Chicken. Or pretty much anything that’s spicy really/ Thanks for the giveaway!

  45. 45

    Penney Vachon — January 23, 2012 @ 9:02 AM

    Hmmm….so many goodies to choose from to pick one fave! Off the top of my head, I would have to say beef lo mein. With an egg roll, please :) These cucumbers sound tasty, I’ll have to grab me a cuke next time I’m at the store.

  46. 46

    sweetmaddy — January 23, 2012 @ 9:19 AM

    I don’t know if it’s traditional Chinese, but I loooove green onion pancakes at my local Chinese restaurant Hunan Yuan in Oakland, CA.

  47. 47

    Amy Lea — January 23, 2012 @ 9:44 AM

    My favorite Chinese food is egg drop soup. My favorite vegetable is cucumber, so this might be my new favorite! Sounds like an awesome cookbook!

  48. 48

    Kari — January 23, 2012 @ 9:52 AM

    My husband loves Asian food so we eat a lot of it at home but when I get take-out, my favorite is the awful for you stuff like cream cheese wontons and egg rolls.

  49. 49

    Colleen — January 23, 2012 @ 9:57 AM

    I love pot stickers–I’ve tried making them, but it’s easier to go out to my favorite Chinese restaurant!

  50. 50

    vballer — January 23, 2012 @ 10:03 AM

    eggplant with hot garlic sauce. mmmm.

  51. 51

    Noreen Fair — January 23, 2012 @ 10:05 AM

    I love the idea of the salad. Going to pick up cucumbers on my way home to make it with the pork chops and scallion pancakes that we are having for dinner tonight! I would love to be able to cook more chinese food at home!

  52. 52

    Debra L. — January 23, 2012 @ 10:06 AM

    Love the cucumber salad. My favorite is Beef & Broccoli.

  53. 53

    Robin Thomas — January 23, 2012 @ 10:07 AM

    I love fried rice, and egg rolls.

  54. 54

    Sandra — January 23, 2012 @ 10:21 AM

    I love crab ragoon!

  55. 55

    Bruce — January 23, 2012 @ 10:22 AM

    My wife’s beef and pea pods are great!

  56. 56

    Kelly — January 23, 2012 @ 10:22 AM

    my favorite chinese food is orange chicken!

  57. 57

    Marie — January 23, 2012 @ 10:25 AM

    I’m definately going to try this Cucumber Salad.

    Favorite Chinese Food is….well I have TWO! Shrimp Fried Rice and Shrimp & Broccoli. YUM! :)

  58. 58

    Kristine — January 23, 2012 @ 10:27 AM

    Fried rice for sure. These cukes look yummy!

  59. 59

    KatieT. — January 23, 2012 @ 10:34 AM

    Sweet and sour chicken. Would love more chinese recipes to cook for my chinese daughter!!

  60. 60

    Suzie Brust — January 23, 2012 @ 10:39 AM

    VERY NICE—!!! The pics are just beautiful, easy to make, quick prep time, and easy on the budget, not to memtion DELICIOUS!!!! Happy Chinese New Year!!!

  61. 61

    Mary Miller / A Passionate Plate — January 23, 2012 @ 10:53 AM

    I posted a few Chinese recipes yesterday. http://www.apassionateplate.com. One is a cucumber salad, but my picture doesn’t come close to yours! My current favorite chinese food is Chinese BBQ spareribs. This year I am on a mission to duplicate the juicy pork dumplings from Din Tai Fung. Once I figure that out I will have a new favorite!

  62. 62

    Judy Weaver — January 23, 2012 @ 10:55 AM

    I love chicken with mixed vegetables with extra spicy garlic sauce. The spicy brown sauce is thick and clings to the chicken and vegetables. IT IS SOOO GOOD! Vegetables lo mein are wonderful too. This cookbook looks amazing.

  63. 63

    Amanda — January 23, 2012 @ 11:02 AM

    My favorite chinese dish was made by my childhood best friend’s mother. It had beef and eggs and was delicious! I have never found it in an American “chinese” restaurant, but that’s not surprising. However, I do also love mu shu chicken. Hoisin sauce is one of my favorites!! Thanks for the opportunity!!

  64. 64

    Theresa — January 23, 2012 @ 11:31 AM

    My favorite is Cashew Chicken, especially if it has lots of vegetables. This looks like a fabulous book, I am especially interested in the techniques. I can follow a recipe but knowing the techniques for different ethnic recipes can make all the difference!

  65. 65

    Nikelle Rose — January 23, 2012 @ 11:31 AM

    Pork Chow Mein – West Coast style, which is actually Lo Mein.

  66. 66

    Haley — January 23, 2012 @ 11:48 AM

    My favorite Chinese food would have to be fried rice. Yum.. The veggies and egg make it delicious!

  67. 67

    Holly H. — January 23, 2012 @ 12:03 PM

    I’m not sure if qualifies as Chinese, but my favorite Asian dish is Mongolian Beef – extra spicy!

  68. 68

    Lori B. — January 23, 2012 @ 12:12 PM

    I absolutely love Kung Pao Chicken- really spicy! This book looks amazing!

  69. 69

    Meghan — January 23, 2012 @ 12:23 PM

    I’ve never attemped to make it at home but my favorite chinese food from our regular joint is chicken & broccoli. Chicken is juicy, broccoli is a bit crunchy, and the sauce is delicious. Not sure what it is and I bet it’s easy to make…

  70. 70

    Amy @ What Jew Wanna Eat — January 23, 2012 @ 12:30 PM

    I love Chinese food- just like any good Jew would! I like moo shu best.

  71. 71

    Jessica C — January 23, 2012 @ 12:42 PM

    It’s a tie between General Tso’s Chicken and Crab Rangoon.

    This salad looks delicious though! And I do care about the WW points, so thanks for including it!

  72. 72

    Wynn — January 23, 2012 @ 12:52 PM

    I like chicken and broccoli. That cucumber salad looks so good. Can’t wait to make it.

  73. 73

    Lana — January 23, 2012 @ 1:00 PM

    I love Bee’s recipes and used many of them for our Chinese dinners. I love so many Chinese dishes, but I think I could live on pot stickers, as I love pasta).
    Thanks, Lori, for this cucumber recipe (I’ve been doing really well on my “detox” – not calling it diet!!! – and welcome new approaches to healthy food:)

  74. 74

    KrisP. — January 23, 2012 @ 1:06 PM

    I love Chinese food and especially love going to dim sum. My favorite is sticky rice.

  75. 75

    sarah @ sarah june bakes — January 23, 2012 @ 1:25 PM

    I love Chinese food but don’t prepare it much at home, so I would love this cookbook! My favorite is Kung Pao Chicken. I love the combination of sweet and spicy.

  76. 76

    Annie from Ohio — January 23, 2012 @ 1:29 PM

    My favorite Chinese food is, dim sum. More specifically: shrimp noodle or steamed pork buns. Yum!

  77. 77

    Tania — January 23, 2012 @ 2:42 PM

    I know this is horrible, but I love cream cheese wontons – I am sure they are not really Chinese but you can get them at Chinese restaurants:)

  78. 78

    Abby — January 23, 2012 @ 3:01 PM

    Sweet and Sour Pork! I know its boring but its so good!

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    Nicole — January 23, 2012 @ 3:09 PM

    My favorite is definately a toss-up between Wor wonton soup, lemon chicken and Green onion cakes!!

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    Tbelous — January 23, 2012 @ 3:34 PM

    I love general tso’s chicken! So bad for you, but soooooo good!

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    Cookienurse — January 23, 2012 @ 3:34 PM

    I love lo mein and kung pao chicken!

  82. 82

    Monique — January 23, 2012 @ 3:40 PM

    My fave is pot stickers or any kind of dumplings. :)

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    Robert Bednarczyk — January 23, 2012 @ 3:55 PM

    My favorite is anything in a spicy garlic sauce!

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    kate — January 23, 2012 @ 4:18 PM

    sesame chicken…oh so bad..i never have it anymore, I do love that Chinese can be totally healthy and it is one menu I always go to when I am in the losing phase of weight watchers ;)

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    Becky — January 23, 2012 @ 4:41 PM

    I love sweet & sour fish!

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    Courtney G. — January 23, 2012 @ 4:59 PM

    I love making sweet and sour chicken at home for our family! yum!

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    Becky H — January 23, 2012 @ 5:08 PM

    any chinese dish with broccoli.

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    Tracy — January 23, 2012 @ 5:14 PM

    Love cucumber salad! (I’d add some chili flakes, too…) One of my go-to weeknight suppers is a tofu-green pepper stir-fry over rice or noodles. When I was a kid, long before I became a vegetarian, my mom took classes in Chinese cookery, and my favorite dishes then were beef and pea pods, fried wontons and shrimp toasts. Love Rasa Malaysia and was just perusing Bee’s site for Lunar New Year recipes. Thanks for the giveaway.

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    Melinda @cooking ala mel — January 23, 2012 @ 5:18 PM

    Hmm.. my favorite Americanized Chinese dish would have to be chicken with garlic sauce.. or general tso’s, of course!

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    Jenny Flake — January 23, 2012 @ 5:24 PM

    This salad is really calling my name right now. Might have to run to the grocery store tonight :) xoxo

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    Cassie — January 23, 2012 @ 5:32 PM

    Beautiful salad, love the rice wine vinegar addition. My favorite Chinese food is cashew chicken or won-ton soup. Can’t decide!

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    Gail conn — January 23, 2012 @ 5:38 PM

    My family loves duck. I. Have learned to a version of smoked duck using a rich lapsang
    Souchong tea. It is pretty amazing

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    Lisa — January 23, 2012 @ 5:39 PM

    I love Sesame Chicken.

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    Dwharton — January 23, 2012 @ 5:41 PM

    My whole family enjoys char su bao …would love to learn how to actually make it someday soon!

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    Monica N. — January 23, 2012 @ 6:00 PM

    Steamed dumplings are my favorite!

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    Dave — January 23, 2012 @ 6:12 PM

    I must go out and buy some cucumbers. This sounds great. Favorite Chinese food? I would have to say egg rolls, although I had some sweet and sour fish to celebrate the new year and that was mighty tasty!

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    Julia — January 23, 2012 @ 7:00 PM

    I love honey walnut shrimp

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    Lisle — January 23, 2012 @ 7:29 PM

    Oh, I love any food that someone else cooked for me! I really do love a good beef and broccoli, though, and I’m quite fond of anything spicy, like Kung Pao or a spicy garlic pork.

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    John — January 23, 2012 @ 9:02 PM

    I’ve always loved me some lo mein with broccoli and bbq pork, or some mongolian beef if I’m feeling spicy.

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    LaDonna Hopkins — January 23, 2012 @ 11:38 PM

    Ilove lo mein and beef & peppers

  101. 101

    Ruth Fidino — January 23, 2012 @ 11:48 PM

    Anything with ginger and beef in it. Also have to admit I love the lettuce wraps from PF Changs.

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    Tracy — January 24, 2012 @ 12:57 AM

    Honey Walnut Shrimp is my favorite new dish, but my heart is always with Chicken Lo Mein! Love Chinese cuisine!

  103. 103

    Kathy R — January 24, 2012 @ 1:06 AM

    I really love green onion pancakes with cunky peanut butter sauce, very yummy!

  104. 104

    Elizabeth — January 24, 2012 @ 2:48 AM

    The recipes from her blog are always delicious and not at all difficult to make. Will have to check out the cookbook! I love her cashew chicken.

  105. 105

    Ronda Butcher — January 24, 2012 @ 3:08 AM

    Cream Cheese Rangoons, Chow Mein, just about anything on the menu. Gotta luv Chinese food!

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    Judy R — January 24, 2012 @ 3:22 AM

    My favorite is General Tso Chicken.

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    Amy — January 24, 2012 @ 3:33 AM

    It has to be Sweet & Sour Pork!!!

  108. 108

    Gina — January 24, 2012 @ 4:12 AM

    I love orange chicken & wonton soup. Tasty!

  109. 109

    Jerri — January 24, 2012 @ 4:14 AM

    My fave is sweet n sour chicken!

  110. 110

    Sherry L — January 24, 2012 @ 4:28 AM

    My favorite in crispy crab rangoons!

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    Ilene — January 24, 2012 @ 4:37 AM

    Dumplings of any kind.

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    Cynthia Harding — January 24, 2012 @ 4:40 AM

    My favorite is Mongolian Beef! :)

  113. 113

    Barbara — January 24, 2012 @ 4:46 AM

    Cashew chicken and broccoli/cheese casserole!

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    Margaret — January 24, 2012 @ 4:55 AM

    It would be a toss up between crab Rangoon or honey walnut shrimp. I think I’ll make those cucumbers tonight.

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    Lisa G — January 24, 2012 @ 4:56 AM

    I love steamed dumplings with a good dipping sauce! Mongolian beef is excellent too! Oh, and the lettuce wraps at PF Chang’s! Wow, I can’t pick just 1 favorite I guess :)

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    Laurie — January 24, 2012 @ 5:09 AM

    Potstickers

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    Monette — January 24, 2012 @ 5:20 AM

    I love potstickers!!

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    Doni — January 24, 2012 @ 5:25 AM

    Any lettuce wrap is my favorite, the fresher the better as I am not a fan of fast food chinese.

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    Debbie Scott — January 24, 2012 @ 5:33 AM

    Shrimp and vegetables with garlic sauce

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    Shelley — January 24, 2012 @ 5:35 AM

    I love war won ton soup… or a good beef hot pot. I’m in Canada, so am not eligible for the draw (although I would pay for shipping for a good cookbook :-)
    Thanks for the great recipe!

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    MichelleH — January 24, 2012 @ 5:41 AM

    I love cucumbers like this. So yummy! My fave Chinese take away is black pepper chicken and steamed pot stickers. My fave at home is a green leafy stalk that is blanched, then drizzled with oyster sauce. Soooo good and so simple. I don’t know the name of the vegetable. A lovely Asian woman taught me what to do with it, but she didn’t know the English name for it. I just buy it on sight and enjoy it. ;-)

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    Patricia Miller — January 24, 2012 @ 5:43 AM

    I’ve recently been experimenting with making chinese at home and it’s been SO much fun! My favorite chinese food is probably good old fried rice. Goes great with everything!

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    Leslie — January 24, 2012 @ 5:45 AM

    love sesame chicken!

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    Diana — January 24, 2012 @ 5:55 AM

    I will say Orange Chicken and LoMein. Can not wait to try the Cucumber Salad sounds great.
    Thanks for the chance to win this book.
    Diana

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    Barbara — January 24, 2012 @ 5:57 AM

    My favorite is General Tso Chicken.

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    rosa parks — January 24, 2012 @ 5:58 AM

    we go to this buffet and they have these little shrimp and they are lightly battered and fried they are yummy but I love the cucumber salad and fried rice

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    Tracey A — January 24, 2012 @ 6:00 AM

    Steamed rice and fried tofu in veggies!
    Okay, I like everything, but this is relatively healthy…

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    Tracey A — January 24, 2012 @ 6:01 AM

    Fried tofu and steamed rice with verggies.This time I left my email!

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    Susan G — January 24, 2012 @ 6:03 AM

    Absolutely love steamed dumplings. My husband ordered them for me on our first date and we’ve had them every year since on our anniversary.

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    Lana @ Never Enough Thyme — January 24, 2012 @ 6:11 AM

    Oh, definitely Pepper Steak. With steamed rice. Just love it!

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    Cari — January 24, 2012 @ 6:24 AM

    I love fried rice!!!!!

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    ErinK. — January 24, 2012 @ 6:31 AM

    I love crab rangoon!

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    Ellen — January 24, 2012 @ 6:44 AM

    Fried rice is always a sure bet! Life is Good :)

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    Kelly — January 24, 2012 @ 6:49 AM

    Anything spicy! Kung Pao chicken is a favorite, and Mabo Tofu.

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    Carol — January 24, 2012 @ 6:55 AM

    Crab and cream cheese wontons, orange chicken, and chow mein are family favorites.

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    Amy — January 24, 2012 @ 6:55 AM

    My favorite Chinese dish would be Lemon Chicken with a side of Veggie Lo Mein. No wait, I really love Peanut Butter Chicken too. And you can’t forget Honey Chicken. I just don’t know…Let me be safe and say Fortune Cookies! Everyone loves COOKIES!!

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    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — January 24, 2012 @ 6:58 AM

    Yum! I love cucumbers, such a wonderful vegetable. What an easy little salad, perfect as a side with dinner.

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    Jeff — January 24, 2012 @ 6:59 AM

    Beef and broccoli with rice or noodles and lots of heat!

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    Kim — January 24, 2012 @ 7:10 AM

    I love good chinese food, and this book looks as though it has great ideas! Favorite chinese food? A really good spring roll probably tops the list, but I like nearly any chinese food that focuses on vegetables. Love the idea of this great cucumber salad – and can’t wait to make it!

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    Donna — January 24, 2012 @ 7:13 AM

    Authentic steamed dumplings! Would love to learn the technique to these tasty treats.

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    Francie F. — January 24, 2012 @ 7:23 AM

    I have been a fan of Rasa Malaysia’s for some time and would welcome her book to help me learn more about this cuisine.

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    Holly — January 24, 2012 @ 7:24 AM

    I LOVE Chinese Food! Dumplings, won-tons, lo-mein, lemon chicken, kung pao, fried rice, soup—seriously! LOL! :)

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    Judy — January 24, 2012 @ 7:27 AM

    My favorite Chinese food is General Tso Chicken; I like anythng hot and spicy. Also like Crab Rangoon very much.

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    Pam Arceneaux — January 24, 2012 @ 7:36 AM

    My favorite dish is Kung Pao Shrimp….

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    Ann — January 24, 2012 @ 7:47 AM

    That cucumber salad looks amazing–easy & light, too! My favorite Chinese dishes are chicken lettuce wraps and kung pao chicken. Oh, and cheese rangoons… Yum! (Sorry, I couldn’t name just one. ;-)

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    Audrey — January 24, 2012 @ 7:51 AM

    I love cucumbers. I always take the seeds out, it’s nice to see others do also :)

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    elizabeth — January 24, 2012 @ 8:04 AM

    I love lots of chinese dishes, but I love making pork or chicken lettuce wraps! When I read this blog today a memory of ordering chinese take out for my little kids while staying in a hotel we stayed at quite often, made me smile! They thought it was the greatest treat!

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    Corina M. — January 24, 2012 @ 8:06 AM

    I tried somethIng similar to this salad @ a Japanese Bistro. It was amazing!!! The only difference was that they added imitation crab meat to it and the dressing (waitress claimed it was a sesame dressing). I just love love it. I’m gonna try this recipe and see :@) thx for sharing!

    BTW: really love honey walnut shrip over steamed rice and black mushroom chicken with veggies over steamed rice.

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    Fawn — January 24, 2012 @ 8:08 AM

    We love Gaprow and homemade crab rangoons. We eat asian more than any other type of food.

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    Isabel — January 24, 2012 @ 8:13 AM

    Haven´t had Chinese in soooo long but if I had to choose I would say eggrolls with sweet and sour sauce and any kind of rice dish. And by the way, nowadays there is no such thing as a WW´s recipe since we eat everything under the sun – just making sure to “points-plus” it…

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    Ted Hawkins — January 24, 2012 @ 8:17 AM

    Love Chinese food, my favorite dish is Mongolian Beef.

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    oregonjudy — January 24, 2012 @ 8:32 AM

    My favorite Chinese food has to be honeyed prawns. Yum.

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    Jannie — January 24, 2012 @ 8:51 AM

    My son absolutly loves Chinese food!! I would love to learn how to make some of his favorite dishes!! I really enjoy reading your blog!! You shed light on a lot of cool ways to cook!! thanks for all do you! Have a great day!!!!

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    Veronica — January 24, 2012 @ 8:53 AM

    I just love, love, love Chinese food. I am trying to cook more of it at home. It’s hard to say my favorite, but It’s chicken and broccoli (and coconut shrimp :) ).

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    Mb — January 24, 2012 @ 8:53 AM

    chinese steamed pork buns!

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    Tobie — January 24, 2012 @ 9:10 AM

    I love lots of Chinese foods but maybe my favorite is Dim Sum-all kinds. I like clay pot dishes too and anything with black bean sauce.

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    Lynn — January 24, 2012 @ 9:17 AM

    Roasted duck and steamed buns filled with various items. This reminds me I’m due for some Chinese cooking at home!

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    Grace — January 24, 2012 @ 9:19 AM

    Vegetables… anything with vegetables. I love Chinese sauces and fried rice. Veggies on fried rice with sauce. Getting hungry!

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    Holley — January 24, 2012 @ 9:34 AM

    Fried Rice and egg rolls! Now I am craving Chinese, if only it wasn’t morning.

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    Jennifer Edelstein — January 24, 2012 @ 9:40 AM

    My favorite Chinese food is a tie between Hot and Sour Soup (also my 6 yr olds favorite) and Kung Pow Chicken!

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    Debra Schramm — January 24, 2012 @ 10:09 AM

    Potstickers are my all time favorite Chinese food. I went on a mission trip to Dali, China this past summer and got to enjoy “real” potstickers!

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    Michelle G — January 24, 2012 @ 10:15 AM

    My favorite Chinese Food is Mongolian Beef, it is delicious. Would love to win this cookbook, I got a new Wok for Christmas and I have had fun trying new recipes! This would just add to the Wok Madness in our house!

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    Cyndi Nelson — January 24, 2012 @ 10:42 AM

    I love cucumbers, can’t wait to try this recipe! My favorite chinese food is General Tso’s Chicken with steamed rice : )

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    Sue Ames — January 24, 2012 @ 10:55 AM

    My favorite Chinese food is Sweet and Sour Chicken. Not exactly fat free but Yummmm. sue

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    Lorie Zlotkowski — January 24, 2012 @ 11:00 AM

    I have never met a Chinese dish that I haven’t liked. :) Garlic Chicken is one of my favorite dishes, though.

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    Carleen Burch — January 24, 2012 @ 11:34 AM

    I love Mongolian beef!! Yum

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    HayKeen — January 24, 2012 @ 11:35 AM

    I think one of my favorite dishes ever is lemon chicken, that slightly sweet, slightly sour dish is amazing when done right. :)

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    Irene — January 24, 2012 @ 11:47 AM

    So simple and easy. That’s what most of us need. Nutritious recipes also. Thanks.

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    Dianne Nanney — January 24, 2012 @ 12:06 PM

    wonderful side dish and palate cleanser:) thx for sharing!

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    kathy — January 24, 2012 @ 12:13 PM

    My favorite is sweet and sour shrimp just love that with the pineapple. I can’t wait to try this with the fresh cucumbers from my garden this summer.

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    Irene — January 24, 2012 @ 12:18 PM

    THESE PICKLES ARE AWESOMEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE I DID ONE CUCUMBER TO SEE IF ID LIKE IT ANSWER IS YESSSSSSSSSSSS. IM GOING TO MAKE THESE FROM NOW ON. I ALSO RINSED TO GET SALT OUT OF CUCUMBER AND RESULT WAS SWEET & LITTLE SALTY AND CRUNCHY. THEY ARE YUMMY. CANT WAIT TO GET MORE CUKES.
    IM GOING TO MAKE A JAR FULL. OMG

    TKS FOR RECIPE

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    Janis — January 24, 2012 @ 3:08 PM

    My favorite Chinese food is a tie between orange chicken and sweet & sour pork!

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    brenda Gunter — January 24, 2012 @ 3:12 PM

    I think this sounds great! I’m going to try this tonight,

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    Rose Mary Flint — January 24, 2012 @ 4:42 PM

    I love these cucumbers too .. I’ve made them for years. My favorite food is Kung Pao Chicken.

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    Cookin' Canuck — January 24, 2012 @ 5:53 PM

    I adore cucumber salads and this one from Bee looks like the perfect way to offset all of those sweet treats (great job on the workouts, by the way).

    So, what’s my favorite Chinese food? A veggie stir-fry that includes the big Chinese mushrooms (the dried then re-hydrated ones), water chestnuts, bamboo shoots, etc.

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    Traci — January 24, 2012 @ 6:28 PM

    Love the cucumber salad – yummy! My favorite chinese dish is general tso’s but my healthiest favorite is egg drop soup; easy, healthy and delicious.

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    Betsy P — January 24, 2012 @ 6:40 PM

    Dumplings of any variety. My daughter and I are learning to cook Chinese dishes and experimenting with Asian vegetables, spices and sauces. We found an Asian supermarket about an hours drive from our home. We enjoy finding ingredients there that are not available in local supermarkets. We recently made our own wantons.
    We will definitely try this cucumber recipe.

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    amanda — January 24, 2012 @ 7:07 PM

    Hi! I’m not even in the U.S so I’m not eligible for this contest but I did have a question about this recipe if someone could help me out please.
    I don’t have Chinese rice vinegar available where I live,…is this anything like regular vinegar? Is there something else I could substitute?
    Thanks for any help and suggestions!!

    • Lori Lange replied: — January 24th, 2012 @ 8:47 PM

      From research I did… Dry sherry, white wine vinegar, malt vinegar can all be proper substitutions for rice wine vinegar. I haven’t tried any of those, but that’s what I found via Googling.

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    Lindsay N — January 24, 2012 @ 10:15 PM

    I like Fried Wontons and Mushu Pork :)

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    Bobbi — January 24, 2012 @ 10:30 PM

    If I would try to say what is my fav Chinese food, I would not know where to start… I like it all. Well, if I had that choice – to talk about many wonderful and different dishes that I have no idea how to make but love to eat, there would be not enough space to type.

    However, I when I go to Chinese restaurants, I always order Honey Walnut Prawns. So, this is a winner on my list ;)

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    Jacqueline — January 24, 2012 @ 11:06 PM

    I have always loved sesame seed chicken. A healthy recipe of that dish would be much appreciated!

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    @shopaholicinVancouver — January 24, 2012 @ 11:44 PM

    My favorite Chinese recipe is chow mien! I love cooking Chinese food; please pick my entry!

    Thanks! :-)

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    Laura — January 25, 2012 @ 3:33 AM

    Szechuan green beans , crispy salted shrimp and rangoons

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    Carolyn — January 25, 2012 @ 6:34 AM

    I love pan fried dumplings and also soup dumplings! Always a treat!!!

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    Amanda V — January 25, 2012 @ 7:52 AM

    Unfortunately I have not had too much authentic Chinese food, but my friend’s mom’s fried rice and egg rolls are my favorite :)

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    connie esparcia — January 25, 2012 @ 9:26 AM

    We really enjoy Chinese food. My favorites are chicken lo mein, or chow mein,
    hot and sour soup. Actually just about all of it. I would really like a good tnt
    recipe for stir-fry sauce. Haven’t happened upon one yet. I love cukes and will try
    this salad recipe. Thanks

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    Sam H — January 25, 2012 @ 10:57 AM

    We make homemade chow mein at home and I absolutely LOVE IT! Would love to expand my chinese food cooking skills however…

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    Deb Brokaw — January 25, 2012 @ 12:57 PM

    I love anything that is sweet and sour…chicken, pork, cabbage. I also like wonton soup. It’s all good!

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    Michelle — January 25, 2012 @ 1:15 PM

    I love beef and fresh brocoli

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    Monique — January 25, 2012 @ 1:41 PM

    Pork Buns–yum!!

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    Eunice — January 25, 2012 @ 1:54 PM

    I love to eat shrimp dumplings. (har gow)

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    April V — January 25, 2012 @ 3:43 PM

    Egg Drop Soup!!!

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    Anissa — January 25, 2012 @ 5:43 PM

    I absolutely LOVE cucumbers! This will be a welcome change to the one I usually make. Mine is also an Asian style Cuke Salad with cucumbers, tomato, and red onion and drizzle of sesame oil and rice vinegar and then a dash of garlic powder and paprika.
    My favorite Asian recipe to make at home is stir fried green beans, but at a restaurant it’s Pot Stickers and Crab Rangoon!! Mmm

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    Chrystina — January 25, 2012 @ 6:57 PM

    This looks incredible. I’m absolutely bookmarking this to come back to. Thanks!!

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    Siobhan — January 25, 2012 @ 7:11 PM

    Sweet & Sour Pork is my favourite!! I’d love to learn how to make my own.

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    indigonat — January 25, 2012 @ 7:20 PM

    My favourite Chinese food is Dim Sum!

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    Allie — January 25, 2012 @ 7:34 PM

    I love cold sesame noodles. So want to try my hand at Chinese food. :)

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    Trudi Spork — January 25, 2012 @ 8:20 PM

    is this just pickled cucumber.. what do americans call everything with one vegetable a salad???

    • Lori Lange replied: — January 25th, 2012 @ 8:23 PM

      No, I wouldn’t say they’re pickled. This recipe actually comes from a Malaysian, not an American!

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    Irene — January 26, 2012 @ 1:19 AM

    I tried these cucumbers and they are the best. Ill be making more of these and put on top of nice cold salads with veggies. THESE ARE THE BEST. Also have tried the UDON noodles and luv luv luv them.

    tks for the recipes and soooooooooo versatile.

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    Jamie — January 27, 2012 @ 12:19 PM

    I have to go with won ton soup. It’s the only thing I could eat for a week after I got my wisdom teeth taken out, so now we’re best friends.

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    Austin — January 27, 2012 @ 12:19 PM

    Kung Pao Chicken baby!

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    John — January 28, 2012 @ 9:20 AM

    Hot and Sour Soup Rocks!

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    Divine — February 1, 2012 @ 4:43 PM

    I just had this with my dinner and had to come back to post this comment. This is delicious. Definitely will be making this again. Thanks for sharing.

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    Lala — August 26, 2013 @ 12:05 AM

    Drop in a few bits of crushed red pepper to add a little zip.
    This is a standard side dish at most “plate lunch” and local style restaurants here in Hawaii, with variations depending on the maker. Even styles of slicing the cukes, some very thinly (using a mandoline) slice the cuke the long way, into thin ribbons, after seeding. Others just slice rounds or as shown here. Some add just a drop of sesame oil which I enjoy now and then.

    This really is a simple but nummy side.

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    Charmaine Fernandes — January 15, 2014 @ 8:57 AM

    This was the exact recipe I was looking out for after having had this at a local Chinese Restaurant. The recipe is almost close to what we had. I did not get a chance to refrigerate it for an hour but it was yummy even at room temperature. Thank you for this!!! Loved it and I will be making this often. Quick and easy starter/ salad.