Cold Onion

Cold OnionChinese name: 爽口洋葱 (shuǎng kǒu yáng cōng)
Characteristics: Cold onion tastes crispy, sweet, sour and a little bit hot, with pure and fresh color.

Onion is a popular vegetable all over the world. It can be either made into warm dishes through stir-frying or just simply used as a cold dish without boiling or blanching.

As a good choice during hot summers, you can try to make the Cold Onion following this recipe, helping you to whet appetite whilst keeping your internal organs cool as medicinal tonic.


1 onion, 200g
1 red chili and 1 yellow chili
sesame oil
white vinegar
mustard oil
chicken essence (chicken stock/bouillon)
white sugar
Note: the amount of the ingedients especially the seasonings listed above can be appropriately used according to one's personal taste.
Ingredients of Cold Onion


A. Remove the outer skin from the onion, and wash the remaining bulb. Cut it into strips, and place onto a plate;
B. Remove the roots of the parsley, and wash them. Cut them into sections of 2-3 cm, and place onto a separate plate;
C. Remove the stems and seeds of the chili, and wash them. Cut them into shreds, and place onto another plate.
Preparation for Cold Onion




Taking a bowl or a small basin. Add the salt, white sugar, white vinegar,  sesame oil, mustard oil, and chicken essence, and then stir well with the teaspoon.

Prepare the Seasoning Juice

Add the onion shreds, parsley sections and chili shreds to a mixing bowl. Pour the seasoning juice prepared in step 1 onto the vegetable shreds, and stir them well with chopsticks or a teaspoon (spatula).

Mix the Ingredients and Add in the Seasoning Juice

Pour this mixture onto a dish, garnish with a little parsley leaf spray and serve to table. Cold Onion is ready.

Cold Onion Completed

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    Our Guests in a Chinese Family

    On Sep. 15, 2012, Ms. Teresa & Mr. Stewart from USA visited an ordinary family in Xi'an, and had a cooking class by the hostess through learning to cook Hot and Sour Soup, Shredded Pork with Garlic Sprouts & Cold Onion. They said the service was exceptional – especially the cooking class by the gracious, polite and skilful hostess, and they would recommend us to other travelers.


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- Last modified on May. 08, 2019 -
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