One of the many “Xiao Cai” you will find in Chinese restaurants. This recipe by Chef Eric lets us experience a wonderful combination of textures from the fried Tau Kwa, braised peanuts and the crispy Japanese cucumbers.
The rice vinegar based dressing makes it bright and appetising along with the fragrance from the toasted sesame seeds and oil. The original recipe also calls for chilli oil, depending on your preference. You can add 2 tbsp of it to the dressing.
This dish may be called a “Xiao Cai” but when paired with a bowl of Teochew porridge, makes for a simple and comforting meal. Furthermore, it keeps well in the fridge, and gets even more flavourful the next day.
Recipe adapted from “The Little Teochew Cookbook” by ERIC LOW Copyright@ Marshall Cavendish International.