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Posted June 7, 2005
With its pictures and descriptions I thought this was a real find. Then I started trying some recipes . . . I found that many of the recipes needed to be fixed. For example, pepper beef called for 3 tsp of black pepper. I followed the recipe to a 'T'. When it was finished, the sauce was so hot it nearly seared my lips off. Needless to say, I had to make the dish over with only half a tsp of pepper. Another one called for vinegar in a proportion that made the whole dish taste really sour. I found this kind of oversight typical of this book. The recipes are not quite tested and need improvement.
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Posted June 2, 2005
Pretty good Chinatown food
After sampling a dozen recipes at random, I thought one was really great (Wontons in sweet and sour chili sauce), the rest were O.K. Yan's sauces tend to be kind of bland, and I don't like the taste of ketchup, which shows up a lot. But, everything is edible, most of the recipes I tried can be fiddled with and improved, and some of them are good enough for dinner parties where you might want to impress your guests. So, I do not regret buying the book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.