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Sep 24, 2006 10:25 PM

Salt and Pepper Chinese

I have eaten some wonderful Chinese Salt and Pepper dishes like Salt and Pepper ribs, Salt and Pepper Chicken Wings and most recently Salt and Pepper Salmon Cheeks. These all seem to be deep fried and so flavorful. Does anyone have any clue about how to cook these? They are so yummy I would like to learn to make them at home. Ideas?

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  1. I jad a S&P chicken dish a while back- and I think you nailed it on the head- they're basically deepfried. For the basic technique heat a couple of inches of peanut oil in your wok to about 350 and work in small batches.

    The Sechuan restaurants near my folks place have several dishes they call "crispy (protein)"- which are basically the (protein) marinated in a slurry of cornstarch and soy sauce, wok fried, then tossed in some unctious gooey tangy sauce- it is yummy, but I wouldn't put any money on its authenticity ;^) The slurry marinade makes a great crispy product- not like American fried chicken and not fluffy like a tempura batter- just a nice surface crust with that guilt-inspiring fried food mouthfeel and flavor.

    1. Lunchbox, that sounds good but the salt and pepper ribs, shrimp, chicken and salmon that I have had are "dry" and almost crispy with green onions, sliced chilies, sometimes garlic but no sauce. They seem to be "dry fried". I wonder if I were to make your slurry and then deep fry if it would turn out to be what I am after. Thanks for your reply. Worth a try...

      1. My favorite! Have you noticed that the dry fried ribs aren't exactly ribs, but pork pieces with lots of gristle and fat(in a good way) that can't be found in a supermarket?

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        1. re: Sarah

          I have noticed this. Where can I find these little pork pieces? YUM!

        2. Oh, salt and pepper squid at one of my little locals is wonderful.

          1. The cut of pork is just cut up pork chops, forget the exact cut of pork chop with a piece of rib attached.

            You can make anything deep fried salt and pepper, my favorite is tofu. Crispy on the outside and soft on the inside with deep fried dry smelt. Also if you can find smelt with eggs are another great salt and pepper dish.