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Long Rice Salad

There are so many wonderful flavor-makers at Asian and Oriental markets. If
you haven't already, make a trip to one soon and browse the shelves. Then
go home with your new treasure and CREATE! If you like hot and spicy
things, you'll like this:


Two large fistfulls of long rice - raw
        Break it off while still inside the package.
        It tends to get all over the kitchen otherwise.

As many of the following as you like or have on hand, about three cups total:
        Finely shredded Napa cabbage
        grated carrots
        slivered Chinese pea pods
        chopped cilantro (leave on some of the stems for crunch)
        slivered jalapeno peppers
        fresh mint - chiffonade (rolled and slived very thin)
        fresh basil - chiffonade
        bean sprouts
        red bell pepper, slivered

Dressing: (these measurements are guidelines, make it to your taste):
3 T Japanese rice wine vinegar
1 heaping T Thai "hot and sour" soup paste (has gingery and lemony overtones)
salt to taste
"chicken" flavored seasoning

Boil a pot of water, as for spaghetti. While it's coming to a boil, start
shredding the veggies. When water boils, turn off the heat and throw in the
long rice to soak. By the time you are done with the veggies, the long rice
will have soaked long enough. Drain the long rice in a seive and then rinse
it to cool. Drain well, pressing out all the water. Turn it onto the
chopping board, and cut it in a few places to shorten the strands to about
two inches. In a large salad bowl, combine the dressing ingredients, then
throw in the long rice and toss to coat. Add the slivered veggies and toss
salad well. This can stay in the fridge for a few days with no ill effects.

 Love from Mara van der Pas in Santa Cruz (marav@xxxxxxxxxx)

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