While I was in China, I ate as much as I possibly could. There are so many delicious dishes that if I wasn’t sitting down for a meal, I was picking up a snack from a street vendor hoping that I’d walk it all off by the end of the trip. 🙂
One of the dishes that I discovered while in Beijing was 老醋花生 lǎo cù huāshēng, or peanuts soaked in vinegar. I wasn’t particularly hungry on the day this dish was brought out to our table, but my friend insisted that I try them, so I did. And then I ate almost the entire plate. They were that delicious.
Upon returning to the US, I tried to find restaurants that served 老醋花生, but didn’t have much luck so that same friend suggested that I just make them myself at home. I laughed and rolled my eyes at myself, the answer had been so obvious!
So without any further ado, I present to you one of my favorite snacks from my trip to Beijing!
- 6 oz of shelled, unpeeled peanuts
- 1 tbsp sesame oil
- 1/2 cup old vinegar (or mature vinegar, this can be found in most Asian markets or on Amazon)
- Sugar to taste
- Green onion to taste
- Cilantro to taste
- Wash and drain the peanuts. Heat about 1 tablespoon of sesame oil in a pan. Add in peanuts and stir continuously. Once peanuts begin to brown on each side, remove the peanuts from the heat to cool.
- Once peanuts are cool, pour them into a bowl and then add in the vinegar and the sugar to taste. Finally, garnish with green onion and cilantro.
- Ex. of old vinegar
- The traditional dish does not use green onion.
- I also prefer once the peanuts have soaked in the vinegar for some time, so I do not serve this dish immediately.
What about you? Have you discovered any awesome dishes while on your travels? I’d love to hear about them in the comments.