Chili Dressing

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cooking time: less than 10 minutes
This is a typical finishing touch for a lot of dishes that I grew up eating. Making this ahead of time is very convenient.
Ingredients:
thinly sliced scallion
salt
finely chopped chili peppers
chopped cilantro
sesame oil
Directions:
  1. place scallion in a bowl, mix with some salt
  2. mix in chili peppers and cilantro
  3. dress with sesame oil

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Notes:
  1. good as dressing for cold cut meat and for cooked noodles (with or without broth).
  2. can be mixed with vegetables to make salad.

Chili Salad Dressing

cooking time: less than 10 minutes
disclaimer: I don’t eat salad (only if I have to). This is a recipe I “designed” for a friend who wanted to sue my chili sauce for salad. Please let me know how this turns out if you try to make it.
Ingredients:
chili peppers
garlic
extra virgin olive oil
salt
lemon juice – half the amount of olive oil
Directions:
  1. roast whole chili peppers and garlic cloves
  2. set aside roasted peppers and garlic clove, chop to small piece when cool.
  3. add chopped peppers and garlic to olive oil. (This can be used as flavoring/dipping oil.)
  4. combine step #3 with lemon juice; add salt to taste
  5. save in the jar and refrigerate
Notes:
  1. oil used for salad dressing shouldn’t be heated.

Chilled Bean Sprouts

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cooking time: less than 15 minutes
Cold side dishes are great for multiple meals.
Ingredients:
soy bean sprouts – blanched and cooled
salt
thinly sliced chili peppers
angle sliced scallions
minced garlic
sesame oil
Directions:
  1. place bean sprouts in a mixing bowl
  2. add all other ingredients, adjust amount of seasoning to taste
Notes:
  1. soy bean sprouts are available in bags at Korean markets.
  2. mung bean sprouts are fine if soy bean sprouts are not available.

Cucumber Salad

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cooking time: less than 10 minutes
should be prepared 1 day ahead
This is a great side dish with other Asian dishes. Easy to make.
Ingredients:
Persian cucumbers
sugar – approx. 1/6 of cucumber
salt – some for seasoning
rice vinegar – same amount as sugar
thinly sliced ginger – some
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 Directions:
  1. smash cucumbers, cut into small pieces, and place in a mixing bowl
  2. add sugar to cucumber, mix well until sugar dissolves
  3. add salt to taste, mix
  4. add vinegar, mix
  5. add ginger
  6. refrigerate and serve the next day, garnish with sesame oil (optional)
Notes:
  1. Regular cucumber or hot house cucumber work fine too

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    Regular Cucumber Used

  2. ginger can be substitute with minced garlic and chili
  3. good for about 3 days.

Chili Oil / Sauce

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cooking time: less than 10 minutes
The chili peppers I bought came in a bigger package than I can use fast enough. I came up with this way to use up the peppers.
Ingredients:
chopped chili peppers
minced garlic
thinly sliced scallion
oil
salt
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Directions:
  1. heat up oil in a small pan on low heat
  2. add garlic to oil, continue to heat up oil
  3. add scallion and chili peppers to oil after a couple of minutes
  4. after all ingredients are cook through, before the garlic gets burned, turn off the heat, add salt
  5. cool the sauce and store in the jar, keep refrigerated 
Notes:
  1. heating oil to high heat is not recommended. If high heat is a must, keep the cooking time short.
  2. the oil can be used for dressing oil.
  3. can be used for stir-fry vegetables, meat, or add to noodles or rice.
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Eggplant with Chili Sauce