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Chinese Chicken Salad Dressing?

paprkutr Jan 20, 2011 07:02 PM

Here in L.A. we have a chain California Chicken Cafe that makes a great chinese chicken salad. I am looking for either a good one to buy or a good recipe. A lot of people like Feast from the East salad dressing from a restaurant in Westwood. We tried but it isn't that great. I would like something with a little more substance. TIA

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  1. monku RE: paprkutr Jan 20, 2011 07:20 PM

    Rascal's in Torrance sells a lot of Chinese chicken salad, they must sell a couple tons a year.
    Go to any kind of pot luck or something down in the south bay and good chance they're serving Rascal's Chinese chicken salad. Their dressing I think is simply sesame oil, some kind of neutral tasting oil and black pepper. Maybe there's something else in it, but definitely not sweet like that brand they sell at Costco.

    1. ipsedixit RE: paprkutr Jan 20, 2011 07:55 PM

      Here's a thought.

      Why not see if California Chicken Cafe will just sell you a jar of the stuff? They seem ok charging you extra for dressing as it is, so who knows?

      1. LA Buckeye Fan RE: paprkutr Jan 21, 2011 09:58 AM

        I know this is not a very popular chowhound response...but CoCo's Restuarants sell their Asian Salad Dressing and I love it...it's pretty heavy and could be thinned with a little rice wine vinegar, but it is spicy and good. On the sweet side.

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          ferret RE: paprkutr Jan 21, 2011 10:46 AM

          Soy Vey has a good chicken salad dressing:


          (last on the list).

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            Querencia RE: paprkutr Jan 21, 2011 04:59 PM

            I use Newman' Own Low Fat Sesame Ginger.

            1. KaimukiMan RE: paprkutr Jan 21, 2011 05:15 PM

              here is an example of dressing for chinese chicken salad that is pretty popular

              2 tablespoons minced garlic
              2 tablespoons minced shallots
              3/4 cup light vegetable oil
              1 tablespoon sesame oil
              1/2 cup vinegar (white or cider)
              1/4 cup low-fat mayonaisse
              1/3 cup sugar (to taste)
              1 teaspoon dry mustard (I use Colman's®)
              salt and pepper to taste

              or this one, a less creamy version

              1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar
              3/4 cup rice vinegar
              1/4 cup sesame oil
              1 cup vegetable oil
              1/2 tablespoon pepper
              1 tablespoon salt

              i prefer the second, especially the use of rice vinegar and sesame oil, and the elimination of the mayonnaise.

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