My family have been eating this recipe for years. However, it was only a few years ago when I started my food business and came across a similar recipe in a food magazine that I realized everyone calls this recipe Bang Bang Chicken! In Taiwan, in the summertime, we have Hua Sheng Liang Mein which roughly translates as ‘nutty cool noodle’. It is an irresistible noodle salad snack made with shredded chicken breast, cucumber slices, springy wheat flour noodles and delicious peanut dressing. I’m not surprised this dish made it to Taiwan. Bang Bang Chicken originated in the Sichuan province in China, and Sichuanese cuisine (which is predominantly hot and spicy) has a great influence on Taiwanese cuisine. The nation certainly has a taste for chilies! However, if you are not a fan, adjust the amount of chili to your liking.
I think my family recipe in this case could serve as a modern take on Bang Bang Chicken and my version is served with tangy mango slices. I present my Nutty Chicken Cool Noodle Salad – refreshing on a hot summer’s day.
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