With her BBC TV series, Chinese Food Made Easy, Ching reinvented Chinese cooking. This runaway bestselling cookbook is packed with her most popular recipes from the show as well as a wide range of simple, healthy and utterly delicious recipes that she cooks for her family and friends.
Learn to cook those firm favourites from Chinese take-away menus, such as Singapore-style Noodles and Chicken and Cashew Nut Stir-fry, as well as authentic Chinese recipes with fresh modern twists, such as Kung Po Prawns or Sichuan Crispy Chilli Pork.
The vast majority of Ching's recipes can be made from supermarket ingredients and even novice cooks will find them easy to prepare. Ching also includes handy hints on choosing a wok, cooking techniques, menu planners and essential storecupboard ingredients to get you started.
Ching's recipes hit the spot every time and this beautifully illustrated bestselling book has already earned its place as a kitchen classic.
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‘Packed with delicious, easy-to-make dishes … Ching-He Huang is the new face of Chinese cooking.’
Heat magazine [five star review on 19/7/08]
'Once you have the top 10 ingredients in your store cupboard that are essential to cooking Chinese food, and a few favourites such as oyster or yellow bean sauce - the rest is easy. All you need is Ching-He Huang's Chinese Food Made Easy … Ching not only tells you all you need to know about using a wok, she shares her passion for Chinese food and Chinese culture too.'
Is the Typical Chinese Takeaway menu really Chinese?
Itís certainly not Chinese home cooking. Some of these dishes do come from Canton Ė thatís because of the British connection with Hong Kong Ė but theyíve been westernised. Wherever Chinese food has gone in the world, itís been adapted to use healthy dishes at home that are not laden with monosodium glutamate.
So what should I keep in my Chinese store cupboard?
You may already have corn flour and good-quality stocks. Add dark and light soy sauces, five-spice powder, black rice vinegar, a good chilli sauce to get you going and toasted sesame oil for dressing Ė for cooking I use groundnut oil. Some olive oils are too strongly flavoured and conflict with the Chinese flavours. Then the rest is fresh, including the typical flavourings: ginger, garlic, spring onion, chilli and coriander.
What about Stir-fry sauces that you can buy in jars?
I hate those. The only sauces that are OK in jars, if they are good quality, are oyster sauce and chilli bean sauce. Theyíre both proper preserved sauces. For sweet and sour sauce, use pineapple juice, brown sugar and ketchup for colour.
Should I be looking for Chinese Supermarkets?
Iím surprised and pleased to see authentic Asian products on some supermarket shelves. In general Iíd say you have to experiment. You often find that even good brands do only one excellent product. I can recommend Kikkoman soy sauce, for example. Thatís my honest opinion Ė they donít pay me!
Can you give an example of the sort of thing you cook?
When I cook dinner at home, Iíll make a one-pot meal, chao mian, meaning "stir noodle" or chow main as you probably call it. Marinate some sliced chicken in five-spice powder and minced garlic for a few minutes. Cook noodles in boiling water Ė buy dried, long wheat-flour noodles; donít bother with ready cooked. Drain and put to one side; you can toss in a bit of sesame oil to stop them sticking. Chop red pepper, bok choi and spring onion. Mince some ginger. Get your wok nice and hot. Cook the chicken until itís fully opaque. Put to one side. Add the other ingredients, stir then and add a splash of water to create steam to help cook the veg. After about 40 seconds return the chicken to the wok, season with soy sauce, sesame oil, and add the noodles. And thatís it a modern, one-pot dish.
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