You’ll often see Chinese cucumber salad offered as an appetizer at chinese restaurants. The salad consists of crisp, raw cucumber pieces that have been marinated in a blend of soy sauce, wine, vinegar and chilies.

It’s a tasty and addicting appetizer and something my family never ceases to get sick of and continue to get at restaurants even though we also make it at home often. It’s also really easy to make.

Despite the strange name, DeDe’s is actually a chinese restaurant tucked into one of the many Convoy plazas, and serves spicy¬†Szechuan style food.

It’s been a long time since I visited DeDe’s. I had previously dined there a few times when it was under different ownership. I had found the food to be just average and my least favorite of the spicy Szechuan-style chinese food places in the area. The previous DeDe owners are now one of the owners of the very popular Spicy House and A Cafe.

We recently decided to pay DeDe’s a visit and I’m really happy we did. I was pretty sad with the changing of ownership and chef at Ba Ren, which was my go to place.

The owner was really nice, despite how busy the place was. Because it’s such a small restaurant, there are not many tables and we had to wait a little bit for a table to free up.

There  is a station of cold appetizers at the front and you an select three for around $5.55 and they make up a plate for you and bring it over.

Seaweed salad, spicy intestines, spicy beef

The appetizers were all pretty good. We haven’t seen the spicy intestines at the other spots in San Diego.

As usual, everyone in the group chose one dish:

Braised green beans

Recently my brother has been ordering this dish at every restaurant we go to. We’ve been disappointed with all the versions, but we actually really enjoyed this one. The quantity was pretty plentiful, the beans were still tender and not overfried and mushy, and the ground beef mixture was not too salty. Ironically my brother was not with us this night. I had ordered it instead as my dish choice.

This actually came out of a recipe idea I had in my head that ended up not working out.

So I had all these potatoes left and was deciding what to do, and decided to make homemade potato chips in the microwave, something I’ve seen before.