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Dec 21, 2009 06:08 PM

SD - Ba Ren - Looking for names of the cold appetizers

I know a lot of people here are regulars at Ba Ren so I was hoping someone would know. I'm looking for the english translations (and possibly pinyin if you know) of the following cold dishes from Ba Ren:

- One dish is made with soybeans and some kind of chopped leafy vegetable (looks like Choy Sum maybe)

- The other dish is made just with beef and crushed peppers, almost looks like beef jerky. Not the husband and wife sliced lung (although that is probably my favorite dish there).

I was hoping to find some recipes for these dishes so if anyone has a good one or knows where I can find one that would be great as well. Thanks.

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  1. mliew,

    -Green soybeans in Chinese are called "máo ​dòu." I'm not sure of the exact name of the dish, but if you ask for that, they'll know what you're talking about. Unless you're looking for the name of the dish just for the recipe, then I can't help ya.

    -I asked them before, it is actually beef jerky. There are LOTS of kinds of Chinese beef jerky, though, so you may find it quite difficult to mimic their exact flavor. I would start by looking for spicy beef jerky recipes in general and modifying them to taste. For what it's worth, beef jerky in Mandarin is "niú​ ròu​ gān."

    Hope that helps!

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    1. re: RTee

      Thanks for the help, it's a good starting point at least :). Maybe next time I'm there I'll ask one of the younger guys if he knows what the english translation of those dishes might be. When I try to ask the older women they usually don't understand (or pretend not to).