Publishers Weekly - Publisher's WeeklyCookbook veteran Hom (Ken Hom's Chinese Kitchen) admits that Chinese cooking carries expectations of lots of preparation work, exotic ingredients and split-second timing. To offset this faulty rep, he recalls his youth in Chicago's Chinatown, where his working mother prepared family meals and where he was apprenticed to a restaurateur uncle at age 11. What he learned from both of them forms the basis for this extremely inviting menu of 150 recipes. Many are familiar and uncomplicated: Easy Shrimp with Crispy Snow Peas, Classic Kung Pao Chicken, even Traditional Chow Mein. In an appealing approach, he includes double recipes for a number of familiar dishes (among them, Chop Suey; Egg Rolls; and Lemon Chicken), offering both the Chinese-American and the Chinese versions. The Chinese version of Chop Suey features shredded pork with snow peas, shredded scallions and chili bean paste, while the Chinese-American rendition calls for cubed pork with bok choy, bean sprouts and celery. Not all recipes are a snap. Chinese-Style Roast Chicken calls for dipping a chicken in boiling water several times, drying it in front of a fan for 45 minutes, then roasting in an oven. Though it includes some dishes unfamiliar to Western tonguesMrs. Wong's Braised Pig Snout, for exampleHom's latest collection is an excellent place to start for home cooks who want to add Chinese to their culinary repertoire. (Oct.)
A well-known chef shares 150 delicious recipes for Chinese dishes he savored as a child growing up in Chicago's Chinatown.
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My own Chinese-American childhood and food memories are lovingly perserved in this excellent cookbook. It was hard to sometimes reproduce all those long-ago receipes especially since I did not cook that much as a teenager. Now, I have an invaluable resource in this cookbook. Thank you Ken Hom. It is too bad this cookbook is no longer in print. I have given it to my family and friends in the past as Christmas or Birthday presents. They are so delighted to have it.
This was an enjoyable cookbook from Ken Hom. Not just for the recipes but also for the nostalgia it brought upon me. Alot of these recipes reminded me of my own childhood and the wonderful dishes my mother cooked. I would definitely reommend this book to those learning how to cook good basic traditional chinese dishes