Saturday, September 17, 2011

step by step: Chinese hot and sour potato strings

Here's how to make suan la tudou si (酸辣土豆丝), a really delicious home-style comfort dish that can be found in almost any restaurant in China.  You basically thinly slice potatoes and then toss them in a hot wok with oil, Chinese vinegar, black peppercorns and chili peppers (green or red), giving it a fragrant spicy and sour flavor.  It's great to make with a meat dish.  If you don't have a wok, you can use a large skillet.  This was taught to me by our dear family friends in Beijing who have always welcomed me in their home.
wash and peel 2 large potatoes then chop into thin strips (julienne)- cut into thin slices then go from there (here my friend said she didn't do a good job of chopping because the pieces were a bit thick)
soak the strings in salt water to get rid of the excess starches, for 15 minutes
rinse and drain the potato strings
thinly slice some leek or green onion for added flavor (optional but recommended)
heat about 1/4 cup vegetable oil (in China they frequently use rape seed oil or sunflower oil) in the wok and add the leek and a few whole dry chili peppers, and peppercorns. heat for a few minutes
discard peppercorns, then add the potatoes, stirring and tossing them on high heat the whole time
add the vinegar (about 1/4 cup) and some salt. when they are tender, they are ready! depending how hot the wok is, should be around 5-10 minutes. some of the larger pieces won't be thoroughly cooked but that's normal - they are not supposed to be completely cooked, al dente potato strings if you will!

There you go! Very easy. I really hope you enjoy this authentic Chinese favorite! x

1 comment:

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