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Favorite Salad from Nine Dragons Restaurant in China Pavilion at Epcot

“Nine “Peppery

Nine Dragons Restaurant in the China Pavilion at Epcot is a longtime favorite – we love the friendly service, the pretty setting and a taste of the chef’s signature dish: peppery shrimp and lightly spiced spinach noodles.

“Chef “Chef

Chef Sun Shusen has been in the kitchen at Nine Dragons for five years, where his biggest claim to fame is his talent for making noodles – a skill he learned back home in Shanxi province in China, a locale famous for a variety of noodles served in soup.

His specialties are the “flying knife cut noodles” and the “one-strand noodle,” a continuous noodle strand 10 feet long made from a single piece of flour dough. He’s been recognized by his hometown province for his outstanding contribution to spreading the culinary significance of Shanxi noodle culture with his work at Nine Dragons.

If you prefer, try the chef’s noodle sampler, where you mix and match your own noodles with fresh veggie and two classic Zha Jiang sauces: sweet-and-savory minced pork and spicy diced chicken. (A cold Tsingtao beer or crisp Sauvignon Blanc pairs nicely.)

And while we won’t even try to make the noodles, we’re sharing chef’s super-easy spicy cucumber salad – the perfect starter to go with the noodles. Or just to eat right out of the fridge.

Diao Yu Tai Cucumber Salad

Serves 2

2 Kirby cucumbers, about 4 to 5 inches long
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
4 dried red Sichuan peppers
1 cup of white vinegar
1 cup of sugar

  1. Thoroughly wash unpeeled cucumbers and slice into 1/2-inch pieces.
  2. Toss cucumbers with salt in a colander. Place colander over bowl and let stand 20 minutes. Drain cucumbers and pat dry with paper towels.
  3. Heat oil in wok over medium-low heat. Add peppers and stir fry until pepper darkens to deeper red, 3 to 4 minutes.
  4. Add vinegar and sugar; bring to a simmer, stirring until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.
  5. Pour mixture over drained cucumbers in a medium glass bowl; cover and refrigerate for at least 24 hours.

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  • I love the house fried rice!

  • Mmm Mmm Mmm! The Nine Dragons is an always at Epcot!

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