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The "Chinese Cobb Salad" of Northeastern China

Sorting out some of the menu descriptions on Chinese menus isn't always easy -- in fact, at times, in can be down right cryptic. "Green bean jelly with vegetables" may be one of those menu items that reads more Dr. Seuss than delicious, but this northeastern Chinese version of a...
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Sorting out some of the menu descriptions on Chinese menus isn't always easy -- in fact, at times, in can be down right cryptic.

"Green bean jelly with vegetables" may be one of those menu items that reads more Dr. Seuss than delicious, but this northeastern Chinese version of a western Chinese dish (and a popular street food in Beijing) is satisfyingly simple and a perfect refresher for the onset of a Valley summer.

From Chou's Kitchen, the humble eatery in a Chandler strip mall specializing in northeastern Chinese fare, this popular dish features a foundation of bouncy cellophane noodles topped with an anything-goes multitude of ingredients.

In the case of Chou's Kitchen, a tangle of flat translucent noodles is surrounded on a large platter by colorful piles of carrots, cucumber, bean sprouts, ham, egg, and mushrooms. Everything is then tossed with a sharp dressing made of soy sauce, sesame paste, and peanut butter for a deeply satisfying combination of flavor and textures akin to the Chinese version of a Cobb salad.

And at $7.98, the platter-size portion means bringing a friend along to enjoy or scoring some tasty leftovers for tomorrow's lunch.

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