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PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2008 2:51 am    Post subject: Jicama Reply with quote

So, I'm wondering . . . have you ever fixed anything with Jicama? My local Kroger sells Jicama, cut in matchstick-size pieces and packaged in small plastic containers in the veggie section. I've bought that and deep-fried it, as a low carb replacement for french fries. Very good!

Over the weekend, though, I found some whole Jicama, added it to my stir fry last night, and loved it. Linda Sue's Seoul Chicken (see recipe index) and a stir fry make a yummy quick dinner, when you prepare the chicken ahead of time and reheat it in the oven.

Just FYI: Jicama looks like a potato, with a slightly lighter skin. It is difficult to peel, but easy to slice once the peel is off. It has the mouth feel of water chestnuts (but just a tidge less crunch), and a slightly sweet taste. It really added a wonderful flavor to last night's stir fry. With my eyes shut, I might have imagined it was some form of "lighter" tasting sweet potato. It added just the tiniest hint of sweetness to the stir fry, and was a nice addition to the usual (broccoli, red peppers, Chinese cabbage, mushrooms, onion).

From http://www.foodreference.com/html/art-jicama-history-facts.html

Jicama

Jicama belongs to the legume or bean family (Fabaceae). It is a popular dietary staple in Latin America and widely grown in Mexico and Central America. There are many names for Jicama including: the Mexican potato, Mexican yam bean, ahipa, saa got, Chinese turnip, lo bok, and the Chinese potato.

Jicama looks similar to a turnip or a large radish, and it can be used as an alternative to the water chestnut. Its skin is thin and can be gray, tan, or brown in color. Additionally, it has a short root and contains white flesh. The skin is typically peeled before eating it raw. Raw jicama tastes similar to a pear or apple. It also does not discolor when exposed to the open air for awhile. Because of this, raw jicama is often used as an accompaniment to raw vegetable platters. When jicama is used in cooking it tends to take on the flavors of the ingredients that it is being combined with. Therefore, jicama is a nice complement to various stir-fry dishes because it blends well with many vegetables and seasonings.

Jicama is a very versatile vegetable that contains a high amount of vitamin C, is low in sodium, and has no fat. One adult serving of jicama, which is equal to approximately 1 cup of cubed jicama or 120 grams, also contains only 45 calories.

Jicama is available year-round. When purchasing jicama, select tubers that are firm and have dry roots. Make sure that the jicama has an unblemished skin and that is not bruised. Once purchased, store jicama for up to two weeks in a plastic bag in your refrigerator.

Serving Size (60g)
Amounts Per Serving % Daily Value
Calories 25
Calories from Fat 0
Total Fat 0g 0%
Sodium 0mg 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 1g
Protein 0g
Vitamin A 0%
Vitamin C 20%
Calcium 0%
Iron 2%

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2008 8:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is awesome.
Woman should have at least a cup of legumes or nuts a day for a healthy heart. This is a nice treat

I will pick some up and try it in a stir fry.

i like to make these little oriental chicken packets

I take all the ingredients, wrap em in foil and and bake em.
I will try these in my packets
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2008 8:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had Vietnamese food this weekend. It is my absolute favorite food! There was something white in with the salad rolls that was so good and crunchy. I'm thinking it must have been this. It was yummy! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2008 9:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have never had this. I will have to keep an eye out for it.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2008 11:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pimp, I would love to hear how to make your oriental chicken packets. They sound interesting . . . and I'm always looking for new things to do with chicken.

Carolyn, I've always wanted to try Vietnamese food, but in southern Ohio, that's not an option . . . unless you prepare it, yourself. Do you have a special restaurant in your town that serves Vietnamese? You must live in a bigger city??

Sydney, I found my jicama in a "bin," right next to the bulk potatoes . . . you know, the potatoes that you buy individually (not in a pre-packaged bag. Good luck! I hope you get to try this. It really is yummy.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2008 11:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Never ever heard of it. Will be on the look out next time I shop.

When I opened this thread, I was expecting a recipe named after the person who created it - Jicama! Laughing Laughing Laughing

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2008 1:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

inkydinkydoo wrote:
Pimp, I would love to hear how to make your oriental chicken packets. They sound interesting . . . and I'm always looking for new things to do with chicken.

Carolyn, I've always wanted to try Vietnamese food, but in southern Ohio, that's not an option . . . unless you prepare it, yourself. Do you have a special restaurant in your town that serves Vietnamese? You must live in a bigger city??

Sydney, I found my jicama in a "bin," right next to the bulk potatoes . . . you know, the potatoes that you buy individually (not in a pre-packaged bag. Good luck! I hope you get to try this. It really is yummy.


We have Vietnamese restaurants all over the place just a few miles from us yet we live in the burbs of Portland. Lots of diversity around here and I love it!! If you ever get a chance to try a good Vietnamese restaurant try it. Lots of fresh herbs and greens to wrap in this little rice papers. We also have many Asian grocers that are really fun for trying new things.
There is even a Korean grocery store where I get some traditional foods for the boys coming home day celebrations.

I don't cook Vietnamese food because it is so affordable to eat out but if I come across a good recipe I will share. I do cook some Korean food which we also enjoy. Very Happy Adding dark sesame oil to spinach or brocolli is yummy and something you find in Korean cooking.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2008 5:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jicama is a beautiful food! I like to eat it in Asian-style pasta salad with bunches of veggies (celery, carrots, edamame, jicama, colorful bell peppers), mandarin oranges, sliced almonds and Newman's Own sesame ginger dressing or some other kind of sesame/ginger/orange salad dressing.

There are lots of good Vietnamese places around here, huh Luv? Good Thai places too. My mom works with a lady who is related to the owner of one of my favorite Thai Restaurants, and just the other day I got a free jar of their home-made spicy peanut sauce! It's so funny to think that you and I live so close to one another. Cool
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2008 6:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I love water chestnuts. The crunch alone is so yummy. Laughing
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kedkid wrote:
Jicama is a beautiful food! I like to eat it in Asian-style pasta salad with bunches of veggies (celery, carrots, edamame, jicama, colorful bell peppers), mandarin oranges, sliced almonds and Newman's Own sesame ginger dressing or some other kind of sesame/ginger/orange salad dressing.

There are lots of good Vietnamese places around here, huh Luv? Good Thai places too. My mom works with a lady who is related to the owner of one of my favorite Thai Restaurants, and just the other day I got a free jar of their home-made spicy peanut sauce! It's so funny to think that you and I live so close to one another. Cool


Hey neighbor! Very Happy Wink Now I'm jealous about your spicy peanut sauce! Yum. Thai used to be my ultimate favorite now it is second to Vietnamese. My absolute fav is the one in the Fubonn shopping center. Very Happy
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LuvTV wrote:
kedkid wrote:
Jicama is a beautiful food! I like to eat it in Asian-style pasta salad with bunches of veggies (celery, carrots, edamame, jicama, colorful bell peppers), mandarin oranges, sliced almonds and Newman's Own sesame ginger dressing or some other kind of sesame/ginger/orange salad dressing.

There are lots of good Vietnamese places around here, huh Luv? Good Thai places too. My mom works with a lady who is related to the owner of one of my favorite Thai Restaurants, and just the other day I got a free jar of their home-made spicy peanut sauce! It's so funny to think that you and I live so close to one another. Cool


Hey neighbor! Very Happy Wink Now I'm jealous about your spicy peanut sauce! Yum. Thai used to be my ultimate favorite now it is second to Vietnamese. My absolute fav is the one in the Fubonn shopping center. Very Happy


Has anyone tried Indonesian (spelling? forgive me) It is amazing as well. They make a mean satay beef or chicken as well as a great rice!! Oh and did I mention the chicken soup??
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LuvTV wrote:
kedkid wrote:
Jicama is a beautiful food! I like to eat it in Asian-style pasta salad with bunches of veggies (celery, carrots, edamame, jicama, colorful bell peppers), mandarin oranges, sliced almonds and Newman's Own sesame ginger dressing or some other kind of sesame/ginger/orange salad dressing.

There are lots of good Vietnamese places around here, huh Luv? Good Thai places too. My mom works with a lady who is related to the owner of one of my favorite Thai Restaurants, and just the other day I got a free jar of their home-made spicy peanut sauce! It's so funny to think that you and I live so close to one another. Cool


Hey neighbor! Very Happy Wink Now I'm jealous about your spicy peanut sauce! Yum. Thai used to be my ultimate favorite now it is second to Vietnamese. My absolute fav is the one in the Fubonn shopping center. Very Happy

Vietnamese food is the BEST. So yummy, but good for you too; very light, not a lot of fat and oil used. If you haven't tried it, you should!
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2008 8:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Has anyone tried Indonesian (spelling? forgive me) It is amazing as well. They make a mean satay beef or chicken as well as a great rice!! Oh and did I mention the chicken soup??


I love Indonesian food. The Chocolate Crickets are wonderful. Laughing When I lived in Singapore we went to Indonesia quite often and I loved the shopping, food and the beach.
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LuvTV wrote:
We have Vietnamese restaurants all over the place just a few miles from us yet we live in the burbs of Portland. Lots of diversity around here and I love it!! If you ever get a chance to try a good Vietnamese restaurant try it. Lots of fresh herbs and greens to wrap in this little rice papers. We also have many Asian grocers that are really fun for trying new things.
There is even a Korean grocery store where I get some traditional foods for the boys coming home day celebrations.

I don't cook Vietnamese food because it is so affordable to eat out but if I come across a good recipe I will share. I do cook some Korean food which we also enjoy. Very Happy Adding dark sesame oil to spinach or brocolli is yummy and something you find in Korean cooking.


You are so lucky, Carolyn! We are very limited in choices around here. About the only chance I get to try new things is when I travel . . . or if I make it, myself. Funny you should mention dark sesame oil and broccoil. I do that often . . . and add strips of red peppers.

kedkid wrote:
I like to eat it in Asian-style pasta salad with bunches of veggies (celery, carrots, edamame, jicama, colorful bell peppers), mandarin oranges, sliced almonds and Newman's Own sesame ginger dressing or some other kind of sesame/ginger/orange salad dressing.


This sounds w o n d e r f u l, Ked! I'm a big fan of sesame ginger dressing and could use some low carb pasta to make the Asian-style salad you describe. Thanks so much for the idea!! I get so bored, making the same things over and over, and this one sounds yummy!

JaneDoe wrote:
Vietnamese food is the BEST. So yummy, but good for you too; very light, not a lot of fat and oil used. If you haven't tried it, you should!


You all are making it sound so good. I'll have to see if I can't track down a recipe that looks good on the "national internet." Laughing Do you have a favorite dish I could look for?

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I love Indonesian food. The Chocolate Crickets are wonderful. When I lived in Singapore we went to Indonesia quite often and I loved the shopping, food and the beach.


Hmmmm. You know I love to try new things, but I might have to draw the line at Chocolate Crickets!! I do have a bunch of crickets around here in August, though. If you've got some chocolate, maybe we could give them a try! Laughing
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