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Piquant Celtuce

Vegetables, also Vegetarian Foods

Piquant Celtuce
2 celtuce stalks, peeled, the leaves saved for another use, the stalks sliced and cut into thin strips
½ teaspoon coarse salt
2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon Sichuan peppercorns, crushed
1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
1 red chili pepper, seeded and cut into thin strips
1 Tablespoon thin soy sauce
1 Tablespoon granulated sugar
2 Tablespoons white vinegar
1 teaspoons sesame oil

1. Mix celtuce strips and salt with one cup cold water for half an hour, then rinse and drain, and dry with paper towels.
2. Heat the oil in a wok or fry-pan. Add the Sichuan peppercorns, and stir-fry for one minute.
3. Add the rest of the ingredients, and cook for one more minute, then turn off the heat and stir in the celtuce with the heat source turned off. Let this rest two minutes, then serve hot or warm.

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