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Chinese Chicken Salad

msradosky Jul 3, 2007 01:04 PM

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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    SeaGal Jul 6, 2007 11:13 AM

    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.

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      itstangy Jul 6, 2007 06:52 AM

      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
        christy319 Jul 6, 2007 09:50 AM

        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.

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        tomdotkom Jul 6, 2007 06:24 AM

        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
          barleywino Jul 6, 2007 08:07 AM

          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. barleywino Jul 3, 2007 01:18 PM

          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
            clearskies0810 Jul 5, 2007 08:54 PM

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

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              barleywino Jul 5, 2007 09:04 PM

              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 http://www.wolfgangpuck.com/recipedet...

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