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Spicy Sea Cucumber

Unusual Ingredients

Spicy Sea Cucumber
Ingredients:
2 pieces of soaked sea cucumber (approximately four ounces or one whole large sea cucumber, cut in chunks)
1 scallion, cut into one-inch pieces
2 slices ginger
1 Tablespoon Chinese rice wine
1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
1/2 pound cooked pork, cut into half-inch slices
1 Tablespoon hot bean paste
1 cup chicken broth or stock
1/2 Tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon rice wine mixed with half-teaspoon sesame oil
1 cucumber, cut in half the long way, then slice each on an angle half-inch thick
1/4 teaspoon ground Sichuan pepper
1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
1 stalk fresh garlic, shredded
1 Tablespoon cornstarch mixed with one tablespoon of cold water
Preparation:
1. Put sea cucumber in a pot with scallion, ginger, the tablespoon of wine, and three cups of water, and boil for five minutes, then drain reserving the sea cucumber pieces.
2. Heat oil, and stir-fry the pork, then add hot bean paste, chicken stock, soy sauce, sugar, and the teaspoon of rice wine,. Stir broth, then add the sea cucumber and the cucumber slices and cook these for three minutes.
3. Now add the ground Sichuan pepper and the sesame oil, then the shredded garlic and the cornstarch mixture. Stir until thickened, then serve.

                                                                                                                                                       
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