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Chunky bacon and cucumber salad

A spicy Sichuan-style salad of cucumber and fried bacon.

Ingredients

Preparation method

  1. Heat a wok until smoking and add the groundnut oil, then add the dried chillies and Sichuan peppercorns. Stir fry for a few seconds, or until fragrant.

  2. Add the star anise (if using), bacon lardons and chilli and stir fry for 2-3 minutes, or until the lardons have turned golden-brown at the edges.

  3. Add the rice wine or sherry, vinegar and sesame oil and stir-fry for a few seconds, then add the cucumber and stir-fry for a few more seconds.

  4. Season with sea salt, dried chilli flakes and lime juice, stirring well.

  5. Pile the stir-fry onto a serving plate, drizzle over the chilli oil, garnish with the chopped coriander, sprinkle over some peanuts, if using, and serve immediately.

Less than 30 mins preparation time

Less than 10 mins cooking time

Serves 2

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