Char Sui Quail with Two Salads


The refrigerator is almost bare of vegetables.  All I’ve got left is beets and spinach.  It seems such a hardship not being near a Sens style farmers’ market 🙁  My full bunch of celery served the cause today in a Martha Stewart inspired, tasty Chinese celery salad.


And the carrots, bell pepper and scallions allowed me to make cold soba noodle salad with a rich, peanut butter dressing.


Char Sui Quail with Two Salads

4 quail, spatchcocked

Char sui marinade

Put the quail in a zip lock with the marinade and marinate for at least 2 hours.  Pan fry in a lightly oiled, nonstick pan for about 6-8 minutes per side.

Chinese Celery Salad

1 bunch celery

1 tbsp rice vinegar

1 tsp sesame oil

4 tbsp soy sauce

2 dashes chili oil

1/2 tsp sugar

2 tbsp parsley, chopped

Cut the top and bottom off the celery, cut in half and blanch for 2 minutes.  Cut into bite sized pieces.   Whisk the remaining ingredients together, pour over the celery, then refrigerate until ready to use.

Soba Noodle Salad

4 bundles of dried soba noodles, cooked, drained, fanatically washed and rinsed

1 carrot, grated

3 scallions, chopped

2 tbsp cilantro, chopped

1/2 bell pepper, thinly sliced

1/3 cup peanut butter

1/4 cup soy sauce

2 tbsp rice vinegar

3 tbsp sesame oil

1/4 tsp black pepper

1/2 tsp five spice powder

2 tbsp mirin

1 tbsp sugar

Sprinkling of crushed red pepper

Toss the vegetables together with the noodles.  In a blender, blend all remaining ingredients, then pour over the noodles and vegetables.

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24 Responses to Char Sui Quail with Two Salads

  1. Oh yum, yum – the noodles in particular! Good frugal feasts here again, Rosemary! Funnily enough, I’ve been eating duck! 😀 – I did a noodle dish yesterday and some spring rolls – soon to feature on the blog :D.

  2. What a perfect summer meal. Although we haven’t seen much of summer (or spring) yet, I’ll have to put this on my list…

  3. yum celery salad! what a great idea..i will be making that asap! lovely post..sarah

  4. Jon says:

    That looks great, nice combo of flavors. And the elegantly seated quail is a plus on the plate. One of the reasons why my wife always feels guilty when quail is served….

  5. This looks great! Also, your photography is amazing! I’ve been working on getting better at shooting pictures for my blog (upgrading to a new iPhone with a much better camera has helped), but I really admire the photos you’re taking!

  6. That looks pretty darn good for a rummage round the fridge! Lovely.

  7. Mad Dog says:

    Delicious all round – great looking soba salad!

  8. cecilia says:

    I have never eaten quail, but the veg was inspired! c

  9. Beautiful – I’m having a bit of an asian food phase so love all these dishes!

  10. That does look very nice! Not too shabby for having almost nothing in the fridge. Bravo!

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