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Jul 3, 2007 01:04 PM

Chinese Chicken Salad

Looking for good Chinese food in the Seattle area, I am from the bay area. Trying to locate chinese chicken salad.

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  1. Cheesecake Factory has "chinese" chicken salad...and probably P.F.Changs
    have not tried it at either place

    Alternatively, try the duck lettuce wrap at O'Asian

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    1. re: barleywino

      ahh the irony of chinese and salad in the same entree title ;-)

      1. re: clearskies0810

        According to wikipedia, "Chinese" chicken salad was a creation of Wolfgang Puck (although i don't see it on the current menu at Spago) Here it is from his cookbook

    2. I used to eat a dish that my Chinese friend would order called "Bong Bong Gee" (forgive the Americanized spelling), that was a Chinese chicken salad style dish. The place I got it from closed, but I have seen it around at other restaurants. And this was way before Wolfgang Puck could have got around to "inventing" it.

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      1. re: tomdotkom

        good call. although i think the "chinese" chicken salad that the OP might be thinking of is the one with American touches such as lettuce, wonton crisps, honey, even canned mandarin oranges, etc.

      2. I'm not too sure of Chinese Chicken Salad but Vietnamese Chicken Salad has been around for a long time. It is boiled strips of chicken meat (light and dark) with lettuce, cucumber, mint leaves, and basil. The dressing is made up of fish sauce, lemon juice, garlic, hot peppers and water to dilute it.
        You can always order this from an authentic Viet. Rest.

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        1. re: itstangy

          Maybe the OP could clarify whether this is some type of Chinese dish she would get at a Chinese restaurant, or the kind that we are all thinking of, the staple of office potlucks everywhere.

        2. Being that the OP is from the Bay Area, she may be referring to a dish that is ubiquitous on Cantonese restaurant menus in that area. IIRC, it usually consists of shredded iceberg lettuce, shredded chicken, crispy fried sai-fun noodles, scallions and cilantro, tossed with a light dressing. The dressing varies, is usually applied very lightly (some versions seem like there's no dressing at all) and is not particularly sweet. It often contains a bit of chinese hot mustard. I have no idea of the origins but it was extremely popular when I lived in the San Jose area.