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Eating cilantro as a green, by itself

Danimal Jun 10, 2013 12:41 AM

One of my previous roommates spent some time in Changsha, and he raved about eating "grilled cilantro" in the street. Apparently he just ate cilantro on it's own. I picked up a couple bunches, and I'm thinking that I'll just wilt it a bit like spinach in a hot cast iron skillet.

Anyone has cilantro on it's own? Any tips?

  1. Cheese Boy Jun 11, 2013 09:35 PM

    I don't know about you, but cilantro is known to be a natural diuretic.
    Don't stray too far from a restroom after eating a small bunch of it ... IYKWIM.

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      4Snisl Jun 11, 2013 09:30 PM

      I've been meaning to try this recipe for cilantro salad from 101 Cookbooks: http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/...

      1. breadwinner Jun 11, 2013 09:03 PM

        This is a bit off-topic, but cilantro makes for a great pesto, with just garlic and olive oil (sometimes I add parsley). We eat it just like regular pesto, with pasta or bread. To me, it tastes a little bit... grassier, I guess, but in a good way. Reminds me of springtime.

        1. scoopG Jun 10, 2013 06:02 AM

          Make Tiger Salad. It's very popular in Northeastern China.


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            scoopG Jun 10, 2013 06:05 AM

            Tiger Salad photo attached...

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              hotoynoodle Jun 10, 2013 06:09 AM

              i love salads of just parsley too. there are some great paula wolfert recipes, involving preserved lemons, that i just love.

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                HillJ Jun 10, 2013 07:51 AM

                We often add Tiger Salad to summer roll filling. So refreshing.

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                  BuildingMyBento Jun 11, 2013 11:59 PM

                  老虎菜 used to be one of my favorite Chinese dishes, and it still may be, but it's been served so many ways.

                  The kind I like is just chilies, onions and cilantro with a light but spicy dressing. Peanuts are a bonus.

                  Other places tossed the vegetables in an overwhelming vinegary mix...come across that one?

                  1. re: BuildingMyBento
                    scoopG Jun 12, 2013 04:58 AM

                    Not really BuildingMyBento - I've not had overly sour ones in Flushing to date.

              2. hotoynoodle Jun 10, 2013 05:59 AM

                i eat single greens sauteed all the time. you just need a mountain because they cook down so dramatically. good oil, squeeze of lemon/lime and some smoked paprika works for me.

                not much of a meal, but excellent alongside pan-seared fish.

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