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4/15/13 2:38 P

I have used water chestnuts many ways, they add crunch to things and I love crunch. And I agree with the comments on baby corn, it is way to bland and tastes like the corn cob.

STEPBYSTEP_ Posts: 777
4/13/13 5:06 A

I never even thought of having water chestnuts cold before; interesting to learn how you used them. I find both have the really stale smell on opening but love them in stirfrys

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1GROVES2 Posts: 10,391
4/4/13 10:46 A

I hate the baby corn! It tastes like a canned corncob! I love water chestnuts cause the stay crunchy! I think you are on the right track with leaving out the corn and adding snow peas.

LAURAAT Posts: 1,506
3/6/13 2:02 P

The water chestnuts did soak up some of the dressing, so that makes sense. I think next time I'll skip the corn altogether, and add mandarin oranges, water chesnuts, and/or snap peas and go from there. I do love a good snap or snow pea, don't know why that didn't cross my mind. Thanks!

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3/6/13 1:25 P

Water chestnuts have zero flavor on their own. They're good in stuff like stir fry though, because they take on whatever flavors are going on in the sauce but still stay crunchy to give the dish some texture. But in something like a salad, they're not that great since there's not a lot of sauce or anything for them to absorb.

I personally dislike the baby corn, no matter where it comes from :) But, it's sorta the same thing. It needs a sauce to have flavor.

For your asian salads, try using snap peas, snow peas, and/or carrots. Those are traditional vegetables for asian dishes, but have lots more flavor.

LAURAAT Posts: 1,506
3/6/13 12:52 P

I just made a salad for lunch, and it was asian inspired. I added some canned water chestnuts and canned baby corns from the international aisle. Both were very bland to me, and the corns had a very 'canned' taste to them. I rinsed both prior to using. I don't often eat canned items anymore, opting for fresh or frozen instead. Is that why they tasted off to me? Or did I buy the wrong items? I don't know what else I could use, I was just really disappointed by the flavor. Or lack of, lol.

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