Chinese Vinegar Peanut Recipe | 老醋花生 Lao Cu HuaSheng

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!

Chinese Vinegar Peanut Recipe | Lao Cu Hua Sheng | Eurolinguiste

Chinese Vinegar Peanuts / 老醋花生 / lǎo cù huāshēng
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  1. 6 oz of shelled, unpeeled peanuts
  2. 1 tbsp sesame oil
  3. 1/2 cup old vinegar (or mature vinegar, this can be found in most Asian markets or on Amazon)
  4. Sugar to taste
  5. Green onion to taste
  6. Cilantro to taste
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  1. Ex. of old vinegar
  2. The traditional dish does not use green onion.
  3. 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.