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Chinese Food Made Easy: 100 simple, healthy recipes from easy-to-find ingredients

Chinese Food Made Easy: 100 simple, healthy recipes from easy-to-find ingredients [Kindle Edition]

Ching-He Huang
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)

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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]

'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.'
Oxford Times

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Ching-He Huang is one of the brightest stars in modern Chinese cooking in the UK. Each week in her new BBC2 series she re-invents the nation's favourite Chinese dishes, modernising them with fresh, easy to buy ingredients, and offering simple practical tips and techniques. These are brought together in this beautiful book to accompany the series.

Drawing on the experiences of top chefs, her family and friends, growers and producers and celebrity enthusiasts Ching sets out to discover the best Chinese cooking in the UK today, introducing easy-to-make Chinese food to sometimes resistant Brits, and painting a picture of modern Anglo-Chinese life in the UK as she goes.

Ching's Chinese Kitchen begins with some of the most familiar dishes from a Chinese takeaway menu - Sweet & Sour Prawns, Chicken with Cashew Nuts, Chop Suey and Cantonese Vegetable Stir Fry, each with Ching's special and imaginative twist. Later we explore spicy Szechuan food: Noodles, Dumplings and Dim sum; Seafood; Fast Food ; Desserts and finally Celebratory Food, where Ching presents a complete banquet of dishes to celebrate the Chinese New Year.

Ching's knowledge, charm and enthusiasm shine through as she shares the 'basic principles' of Chinese cooking including some of the simple techniques and tips taught by her Grandparents for tasty results. Using ingredients from high-street supermarkets and some imaginative suggestions for alternative ingredients, these classic Chinese dishes are updated, fresh and healthily prepared so that anyone can make and enjoy them.

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Ching-He Huang is the new face of Chinese cooking on British TV and the star of BBC2's popular series Chinese Food Made Easy. Born in Taiwan and brought up in South Africa, she moved to Britain when she was 11.

Ching has always been passionate about food, so after graduating with a first class degree in economics, she set up Fuge, a fresh salad company and her healthy drinks company, Tzu.

Ching is the author of three cookbooks, China Modern, the bestselling Chinese Food Made Easy and her new book Chinese Food in Minutes. Ching has appeared regularly on Saturday Kitchen, Market Kitchen and Daily Cooks.

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257 of 261 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not the same as other Chefs 9 July 2008
By Robert P. Splaine VINE VOICE
These recipes really do work. My family have been cooking
Asian food for 15 years, and over that time, have accumulated
many Chinese cook books.There are no silly recipes in here.
Just quick and easy. The Chow Mein was plain sailing. I had
never seen a version of sweet n sour cooked like the
recipe, but it was so tasty. I like the way Ching
explains which sauces are essential in her cupboard
collection. There are no recipes which tell
you to marinate for 24 hours.Its all NOW,
and that is life....
If you have one Chinese cook book in your collection,
make sure it's this one, and ...impress friends with your
cooking. Ching makes it look easy, and it is!!
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent chinese recipes with the Ching twist 14 Sep 2008
I already had and liked Ching's China Modern but this is easily the better book. I've got a library of chinese cookery books, but if you bought only one I'd recommend this one. It's even replacing my trusty, bespattered and dog eared Ken Hom. I find the most appealing thing about Ching's recipes is that they offer a very personal, modern 'take' on many traditional recipes. I also find that hers tend to be punchier with more flavour and pizzazz than many other versions. Maybe it's my despoiled western palate but I prefer her flavoursome approach. The Chili Chicken sauce will become a mainstay of my repertoire (and yes it can be distinctly lively); ditto the Dan Dan noodles and our favourite the Gong Bao. Her approach gives you confidence to take ownership of these recipes and even add your own twist. There's a good range as well, this book is equally useful as a everyday weekly reference with many recipes that fit in easily with a busy workaday lifestyle and aalso as a resource for entertaining friends, special occasions and for party food. I can't think of many books that are so down to earth useful and can take much repeated traditional recipes and yet reflect the author's personality and tastes. The errors cited in the Singapore Noodles are well pointed out though, it should definitely be 2 teaspoons of tumeric (not tablespoons). I'd go one further though and substitute a mild or medium curry powder. All in all I'd rate Ching as the new Ken Hom for the modern cook.
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
By Chris Pearson VINE VOICE
I always steered clear of cooking chinese...till now. After seeing the excellent TV programme, this book is a delight. Great recipes, easy to prepare and very tasty. If you like chinese food don't hesitate to add it to your collection.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wok on Ching! 24 Aug 2008
I've loved Chinese food since the first time I went to a restaurant as a kid and ordering from the takeaway was an expensive and unhealthy habit of mine at university. I always thought that recreating those flavours out of the restaurant environment was quite impossible - not so!

In this wonderful book, Ching takes the mystery out of delicious Chinese cooking. You're likely to have many of the ingredients in your kitchen already - garlic, root ginger, oil. By taking the illusions out of Chinese cooking she has made it all the more successful by easing us into the recipes - "Takeaway Favourites" is one chapter.

As for the recipes, there is something to appeal to everyone here. Here is a list of what I've made so far: Chicken Chow Mein, Beijing Rice, Mu Shu Chicken, Sweet and Sour Pork and Sichuan Orange Beef.

My only fault with the book would be for vegetarians. There doesn't seem to be much choice for them. Also some of the ingredients do prove a little difficult to get hold of if you don't live in a city.

Apart from those little faults - can we have some more please Ching?
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69 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy eating 16 July 2008
As a big fan of chinese food I had high expectations of this book. I wasn't dissapointed. Fantastic chinese recepies all laid out with simple step by step instructions.
I'm not skilled in the kitchen by any means and one of the best things about this book is that it really makes tasty chinese food accessible to anyone.
A great accompaniment to the tv series.
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58 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Authentic Chinese cooking 4 Dec 2008
By C. Tan
I am of Chinese heritage and I can proudly recommend this book. It was about time someone came up with this book for those of us who grew up on Chinese cuisine but find the traditional recipes too difficult to tackle on a day to day basis. Ching's food is typical of home-cooked Chinese food, with exceptions, the recipes here are those you will not normally find on the menu of any Chinese restaurant because these are the recipes that are passed down from generations of home cooks. Some reviewers said the food was bland and I beg to differ. The combination of flavours and ingredients are subtle at times but in no way bland. People forget that when eating out in Asian restaurants, the food is richer because of all the additional flavourings (eg msg) and also because restaurant cooking involves specialist utensils (such as very high heat woks with swirling amounts of cooking oil !) and that's why it tastes different to home Chinese cooking. Most Chinese people don't eat those kind of food on a regular basis. Also, the British are too accustomed to letting spices and flavourings cover up less than good quality ingredients whereas in real Chinese cooking, the fresher your ingredients, the better the outcome of your dish. Ching's book embodies this principle by letting the ingredients speak for you rather than overwhelm, say a fresh fish, by lashings of flavours. I loved her steamed fish with beer ! Excellent and a recommended buy.
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Published 11 days ago by michael gissing
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Published 13 days ago by mrs j hickey
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Published 1 month ago by Mojo
5.0 out of 5 stars No More Take Away
Made a few of the recipes out of this, Favorite is the Chow Mein and Beef in Oyster Sauce
Recipes are clear and easy to follow and very tasty, some good content in the back of... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mr. C. Collinson
4.0 out of 5 stars Great recipes, easy to follow
I had seen the tv programmes, and she makes it look so easy that I thought I would get the book to recreate some of the delicious looking meals myself. Read more
Published 3 months ago by whiterose
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect transaction
All went as well as it could go with this order. No delay, item arrived in condition as described and I have no reason for complaint.
Published 3 months ago by Alma Abbs
3.0 out of 5 stars not what I expected
Could only find two recipies that I fancied cooking, I always watch her TV shows, and enjoy her cooking, but this book has not got the x factor, will be sending it back, sorry.
Published 4 months ago by C. Hudson
4.0 out of 5 stars love of chinese food
If you like Chinese food then this is the book for you, there are lots of pictures to accompany the recipe's. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mrs. J. J. Kirkby
5.0 out of 5 stars A great addition to anybody's kitchen bookshelf.
Great book by Ching-He, good tasty food and simple to cook. Great addition to anybody's kitchen bookcase who likes to cook Chinese food.
Published 5 months ago by Terry Day
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific book
Does exactly as it says on the tin folks, makes Chinese food simple to cook at home and it tastes great too! No big long lists of ingredients to buy either. Read more
Published 6 months ago by BigBadJohn999
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