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Dongbei Cai

Vegetables, also Vegetarian Foods

Dongbei Cai
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 leek, white part only, cut into half-inch pieces
1/2 pound finely shredded green cabbage
1 cucumber, seeded, quartered the long way, and thinly sliced
1 carrot, peeled then shredded
1/4 cup roasted peanuts, paper skins removed
1 cup fresh bean sprouts, their tails removed
1/2 cup shredded form tofu or brown or white tofu noodles
2 teaspoons Chinese black vinegar
1 teaspoon thin soy sauce
1 teaspoon granulated or crushed Chinese brown sugar
1. In small sauce pan, heat vegetable oil and just before it smokes, remove from heat, drop in pieces of leek, and stir for one minute, then set aside for half an hour. Strain out the leeks, and use or discard, as preferred. If using them, put them into a medium size bowl with two teaspoons of the oil. Save the rest of the oil for another use, or use it for cooking a vegetable dish.
2. Put all other ingredients into the bowl with the leeks, if using them, and the oil, toss well, and serve as a cold vegetable.

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