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Hunan Chopped Salted: Chiles

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I did this because Fuchsia Dunlop speaks to me. Through her books. Through her Sichuan cookbook Land of Plenty: A Treasury of Authentic Sichuan Cooking and her Hunan cookbook Revolutionary Chinese Cookbook: Recipes from Hunan Province.

In the latter you'll find the very complicated process to make these chopped salted chiles (hint: chop a pound of spicy red chiles, mix with 1/4 cup of salt, and put in a tight container so the magic can happen). Apparently this should be a staple pantry item, and who am I to argue?

These salted chiles are used in a lot of Hunanese dishes, not least of all being this wonderful shrimp dish called Fisherman's Shrimp with Chinese Chives, from The Revolutionary Chinese Cookbook. By all means google this recipe, and by even more means find Chinese chives. They are fantastic, and I may even put some on pizza today. You can see some of the many dishes that I put these things in here (click).

Fishermans shrimp

In 2-3 weeks you'll be getting a full report on these things, as I'll be putting them on anything that doesn't move. Until then, cook some Chinese food, would ya?

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