OK, not really Chinese. More like America in the 1980’s. But this old favorite is perfect for picnics, a day at the beach, or for just a lunch to bring to work.
What to buy: Look for hoisin sauce and chile-garlic paste in the Asian section of your supermarket. For the chile paste, we prefer the one made by Huy Fong Foods (with the rooster on the jar).
For the salad:
Beverage pairing: Maximin Grünhäuser Herrenberg Kabinett Feinherb, Germany. Crunchy salad with ginger, garlic, chile, and vinegar is beautiful with an off-dry German Riesling that has the spine, lime-zest brightness, and acidity to perfectly match the texture and flavors of the dish.