Here in Minnesota, Chinese restaurants are a pretty popular option floating amidst the sea of endless eating establishments. I will admit, I love a plate of well-made sesame chicken and hot crispy egg rolls as much as the next guy. What I really don’t like are the preservatives and flavor enhancers like the toxic MSG infused into many of the foods served in most Chinese restaurants. So when I asked my friend Rachael to teach me how to make delicious, healthy, authentic Chinese food at home, I was thrilled to hear her say, “Yes.”
Rachael was born in Szechuan China and she moved to the United States many years ago to start a business and a family. Amidst the many talents Rachael has, it is her gift of creating quick and easy meals that rival the best Chinese restaurants on this side of Szechuan.
What I admire most about my Rachael’s style of cooking is her creative ability to use whatever ingredients are occupying her refrigerator and turn them into a magnificent meal in minutes. Rachael’s cooking is uncomplicated, incorporates basic ingredients, and results in savory, mouthwatering meals. My favorite part: no additives or preservatives and absolutely no MSG!
Recently, Rachael taught me to make her Chinese Smashed Cucumbers marinated in a delightful little sauce that takes a simple cucumber to a whole new level of deliciousness. This recipe is extremely easy to make and pairs perfectly with fish, beef, lamb, or your favorite poultry recipe. What I find most intriguing about this recipe is the technique of smashing the cucumbers to enhance flavor and soften the meat. This creates a uniquely delicious salad or side dish that is perfect for lunch, dinner, or appetizer.
If you are a fan of Asian food and have always wanted to learn to make delicious authentic Chinese food at home, give this one a try. Stay tuned because you will enjoy an entire chapter of Rachael’s delicious Chinese recipes in my upcoming global cookbook. I promise it’s a chapter you won’t want to miss.
Check out some of my other Asian-inspired recipes:
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