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How to say ‘hot and sour stir-fried potatoes’ in Mandarin Chinese
What is it?
For those who are unsure about intense spices, tǔ dòu sī, is a great first step into the flavors of northern China. This simple and delicious dish consists of thinly sliced potatoes (tǔ dòu, literally “earth bean”) and bell peppers stir-fried hot and fast with chilies in oil then finished with vinegar, giving it a mild sour and slightly spicy flavor. Tǔ dòu sī is very common, and you might even find a version wrapped in pastry from a local street vendor to enjoy on the go.
Where to find tǔ dòu sī in Shanghai:
Yu Li Hunan Restaurant 御鲤湘
1135 Beijing West Road (the intersection of Shaanxi North Road and Beijing West Road)
Metro: Line 2/12/13 – West Nanjing Rd.
Where to find tǔ dòu sī in Beijing:
76 Jiaodaokou South Street, near Daxing Hutong
Metro: Line 5 – Beixinqiao
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