Fusion Cooking - Chinese Inspired Pasta Salad
Chinese Inspired Pasta Salad
CHINESE INSPIRED PASTA SALAD
As summer approaches and the days become warmer, people begin to plan picnics and cook outs. Salads are a perfect side dish to serve at these events and they also make excellent light lunches. In other Hubs, I have presented salad recipes for:
German Potato Salad (Kartoffelsalat)
With the current emphasis on fusion cooking (blending ingredients and techniques from more than one culture) I have combined typical Chinese ingredients with a traditional American pasta salad. I have combined baby corn, snow peas, shrimp and scallions with rotini pasta and cherry tomatoes. The dressing is a mixture of soy sauce, sesame seed oil, Chinese wine vinegar and a little honey.
It should be noted that Chinese cookbooks do not have any salad recipes in them because the Chinese do not eat raw vegetables. One explanation is that they have a long history of using human waste to fertilize gardens so they cook all of their vegetables before eating them.
1 Lb. of Rotini Pasta (or any other kind that you prefer)
1 Lb. of Small Cooked Shrimp (remove the tails)
3 Scallions (cut into pea sized pieces including the green parts)
4 Oz. of Fresh Snow Peas (pinch off the hard ends and cut them in half)
1 Can of Baby Corn (drained and cut in half lengthwise)
1 Small Can of Water Chestnuts (drained and sliced in half)
8 Oz. of Small Cherry Tomatoes (cut in half)
Salad Dressing Ingredients:
4 Tablespoons of Black Soy Sauce
2 Tablespoons of Sesame Seed Oil
2 tablespoons of Chinese Red Vinegar
1 Tablespoon of Honey
Mix in a bowl and adjust the taste if necessary. Add the chopped onions and mix thoroughly before using.
- Boil the pasta according to the directions on the package in lightly salted water. It is best cooked al dente. Drain it and rinse it with cold water.
- Blanch the snow peas and baby corn for 60 seconds in boiling water. Drain them and plunge them into cold water to set the color. Drain again and dry on paper towels.
- Mix the salad dressing ingredients and chopped green onions in a small bowl. Taste and adjust the seasoning if necessary.
- Place the pasta, shrimp, baby corn, snow peas and tomatoes in a large bowl and pour the salad dressing mixture over them.
- Gently toss everything and taste the mixture. I usually need to add some salt and freshly ground black pepper.
- Served with some crusty rolls and a glass of wine, this salad makes an excellent lunch.
Pasta Salad Video
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