"Simple Chinese Cooking" offers Kylie Kwong's philosophy of marrying the freshest ingredients and the simplest techniques to create amazing flavor.Read more...
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"Simple Chinese Cooking" offers Kylie Kwong's philosophy of marrying the freshest ingredients and the simplest techniques to create amazing flavor. Kylie grew up devouring the mouthwatering heartiness of her mother's traditional Cantonese cuisine. Armed with the fundamental techniques, she set out to give ancient tradition a modern twist and bring the joys of Chinese cooking to all. Now, people from all over the globe flock to her popular restaurant in Sydney, billy kwong. But in this book, she brings her delicious recipes to Chinese food lovers everywhere.
"Simple Chinese Cooking" demystifies the preparation of Chinese cuisine--with ingredients that are readily available in any grocery store, and recipes that are friendly and easy-to-follow. From soy sauce chicken and steamed fish fillets with ginger and spring onions, to prawn wonton soup, this book offers delicious everyday meals, as well as dishes that are perfect for entertaining. With succulent 4-color photographs throughout and step-by-step instructional pictures, "Simple Chinese Cooking" will guide anyone to create a delectable feast.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 50.
- Review Date: 2006-11-13
- Reviewer: Staff
A companion to her second Australian television series, this appetizing and beautifully illustrated collection will earn Kwong a large American following. Seeking to demystify Chinese cooking for the uninitiated, she allocates ample space to the basics: equipment, ingredients and techniques along with recipes for tasty yet simple dishes. The well-known Sweet and Sour Pork is balanced by the less familiar Sung Choi Bao of Pork, providing treasures for both those learning about the cuisine and those who are looking for more diversity. Kwong offers a comprehensive look at all aspects of Chinese offerings—from stocks, soups and rice to meats, poultry and tofu. Soy Sauce Chicken is not to be missed, and neither is Crispy King Prawns with Honey and Garlic Sauce. Sections on Salads, Wontons and Pickles are an added bonus, highlighting such gems as Pickled Asparagus and Mint Salad and Button Mushroom Salad. Kwong also provides tips on menu planning, saving time, food for kids and what to drink with Chinese food. Highly recommended for all fans of Chinese food, this collection is a welcome addition to a crowded field. 150 full-color photos. (Feb.)
The Chinese challenge
Simple Chinese Cooking by Kylie Kwong is a large-format (10 inches by 11 inches) knockout. The chef and restaurateur of billy kwong in Sydney and fourth-generation member of the largest Chinese family in Australia, Kylie has had two cooking series on the Discovery Home Channel here. When she says "simple" she really means it, and she makes sure that you'll find all the ingredients she uses on your supermarket's shelves. The book is divided into 14 chapters, each devoted to one main ingredient, including salads (unusual in a Chinese cookbook) and a selection of tofu dishes to delight your vegetarian friends and family. So, gaze at the full-page, almost edible photos that accompany each recipe, then start shopping and chopping, slicing and dicing, heat up that wok and get to work!