Homemade Chinese food in the time it takes to get the take away?? Ching-He Huang has the recipes for you. This book was designed for friends and family who were after a quick fix for a Chinese craving, not the long and often complicated recipes we have come to recognise Chinese food by.
There are some lovely, simple soups to start an evening or for a healthy light dinner (Grandfather’s egg, mixed mushroom and celery broth is a favourite in our office). The vegetarian dishes and quick noodle and rice dishes are also great for someone in a hurry or looking for a detox.
The fish and seafood recipes look divine: Chinese food is such a great match for fresh fish, the ginger, chilli and soy have such a natural affinity with the delicate flesh. Huang notes that the the spicy bacon crispy haddock is her favourite; it sounds delicious, if a little more western than most of the other dishes included.
Familiar family favourites are also featured in Huang’s latest cookbook. A healthy and light version of sweet and sour pork, chilli pepper beef with muchroom and pak choy and Mongolian lamb.
To finish things off there are some elegant and quite unusual recipes for desserts ranging from lychee and strawberry spring rolls to mango and sago sweet soup.
This is a book for anyone who wants to dabble in the art of Chinese home-cooking. The recipes are not complicated, they wont take hours, and once you’ve stocked your pantry with the essentials you will be able to use them again and again. Huang’s clear and simple instructions make this book a winner for any budding chefs hoping to figure out the magic of the east.
Ching’s Chinese Food in Minutes
Publisher: Harper Collins
Formats: Non Standard Hardback