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Quick & Easy Chinese: 70 Everyday Recipes Paperback – September 1, 2008
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Though there are only 70 recipes, they include good suggestions for beef, chicken, pork, shrimp, fish, and vegetable side dishes. The recipes are illustrated with beautiful color photograpy and most of the ingredients can be found in a good chain grocery store with an international aisle. A few things, for example Asian vegetables such as bok choy, will be found more easily or more cheaply at an Asian grocery if you have one nearby. If you don't, substitute napa cabbage for bok choy and young string beans for long beans and the result will still be very tasty.
I made the soy sauce chicken wings on page 27 and they were fabulous. I needed to increase the sauce because the suggested amount was not nearly enough. I also had the hot and sour soup. It was still a good soup, just different then I've had before.
It had the Kung Pao, Szechuan, 5 spice, etc...all the typical American favorites. The picture on the cover is the Kung Pao Chicken, it's not a very appetizing picture but the dish itself was very good. There are pictures of some of the dishes, the pages are thick and glossy, you'd be able to wipe off spills easy enough.
The chapters are divided into beef, pork, chicken, fish and then vegetables and rice chapters. The fried rice with shrimp and peas was very good.
I tried the chicken cashew. While the Thai cookbook version was adored by our family, the Chinese version was greated with "meh...". And my youngest daughter asked if we could eat out next time - Ouch!!! So then I tried Kung Pao Chicken. Again, I followed the recipe to the letter. First comment from my son - "tastes funny." My youngest daughter simply stared at me. Was it the sesame oil? I dunno. So I then decided to try the Moo Shu Pork (sp?). I spent over two hours shredding raw pork, mincing fresh garlic and ginger, shredding carrots and cabbage, and making the various sauce mixes. This was truly the most labor intensive meal I had ever cooked. The results again were "meh..."
Its a shame since the Thai book is truely fantastic. So far, this Chinese food however tastes BLAND, with a capital B L A N D. One reader compared the cooking results to the cuisine of a national chain. I found that chain to be too sweet. Even so, I wish the meal's I prepared had even come close.
Oh well. The author had lived in Thailand and had cooked Thai for some time. No such similar stories in this cookbook. And the cooking results show the difference. Maybe I'm a bad cook. But 3 strikes? I'm really just not that bad. The author needs a strong next book, or the brand of Quick and Easy will be diluted....
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Every recipe I have made from this book has been absolutely delicious. The instructions are very clear. The sauces, in particular, are fantastic.Published 7 months ago by Adam Crary
Use this cookbook weekly with great results! If you buy soy sauce, hoisin sauce, and oyster sauce gluten free, many recipes can be made gluten free!Published 13 months ago by ZackAttack
I have now made several recipes from this book and they are all delicious. Every time I make one I am more impressed. I appreciate that they don't have 50+ ingredients. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Renee Hill
not only are these recipes easy and can be readily produced at home, they are EXCELLENT.so simple and yet so good. and i am a retired chef from an upscale restaurant.Published 24 months ago by lloyd m.
I have never been able to make decent Chinese food at home until I discovered this cookbook. Exactly what I was looking for. Read morePublished on July 30, 2013 by Steven L. Johnson
I was recently in Chicago. Ate at "Big Bowl" and had Peanut Noodles. (YUM) Wanted to take some Chinese cooking home with me. We went to Crate and Barrel. Read morePublished on April 15, 2013 by victoria escamilla
My sister in-law had wanted to learn to cook chinese food and we have both enjoyed making the recipes in this cookbook. It has an easy to follow instructions.Published on February 21, 2013 by Helene Quinn
My wife and I have owned the author's "Quick and Easy Thai" for quite a while and really like it, so we were excited to buy this book. Read morePublished on February 11, 2013 by Kenneth Cognoscente