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Helen Chen grew up cooking with her mom, Joyce Chen, the pioneering restaurateur who helped introduce Americans to authentic Chinese cooking in the 1960s. The dishes Helen remembers most fondlyand still cooks todayare her mom's simple, home-style stir-fries. Now she presents more than sixty of these soul-satisfying Chinese favorites, all perfect for easygoing weeknight dinners.
Inside, you'll find many familiar dishesKung Pao Chicken, Moo Shi Pork, and Sweet and Sour Shrimp, to name just a fewand find out just how easy it is to prepare them at home. You'll also discover lots of less familiar dishes that are equally delicious, such as Chicken with Cashew Nuts, Black Pepper Beef with Green Beans, and Shanghainese Shrimp with Peas. In addition, you'll find nearly twenty healthy tofu and vegetable dishes, ranging from Grandmother's Spicy Bean Curd to Garlicky Green Beans.
To help you get started, Helen provides a thorough overview of Chinese cooking techniques, equipment, and ingredients. You'll discover why cornstarch is important, how much oil to use in a wok, and what kinds of soy sauce you should choose. With Helen's clear instructions and straightforward recipes, you'll soon be cooking and enjoying a wide variety of delectable stir-fries.
Throughout the book, more than thirty gorgeous color photographs show just how deliciously appealing these stir-fries can be. Complete with Helen's fascinating notes on each dish, this handsome cookbook is just what you need to explore the simple pleasures of home-style Chinese cooking.
Quick, simple, and versatile, stir-fries are the perfect everyday meal. Helen Chen grew up eating stir-fries, and in this book, she shares the secrets of traditional Chinese cooking that she learned from her mother, the founder of Asian cookware line Joyce Chen Products. The book includes a wealth of information on stir-frying techniques, equipment including woks, Chinese knives, and more, and traditional Asian ingredients. Chapters on Chicken, Pork, Beef, Seafood, Bean Curd, and Vegetables include 61 easy, straightforward recipes, and are illustrated throughout by 33 full-color photos. The recipes include Chinese favorites such as Kung Pao Chicken, Spicy Chungking Pork, and Stir-Fried Broccoli Beef, and all are simple enough to make every night of the week. With foolproof recipes and expert advice, Easy Chinese Stir-Frieswill show readers just how easy it is to make classic Chinese dishes at home.
A full-color cookbook featuring quick, delicious Chinese stir-fry recipes
Helen's Asian Kitchen is one of the top names in Asian cookware–a company whose products are sold through hundreds of outlets, from Bed Bath &Beyond to Sur La Table and independent specialty retailers. Now the company's founder, Helen Chen, gives people more than 60 fast, easy recipes for home-style Chinese stir fries. People will find favorites such as Kung Pao Chicken, Sweet and Sour Pork Northern Style, Broccoli Beef in Oyster Sauce, and Crystal Shrimp as well as less familiar choices, including nearly 20 recipes starring tofu or vegetables. With authoritative guidance on stir-fry techniques and ingredients as well as more than 30 beautiful color photographs, it's just what people need to get tasty Chinese meals on the table fast–and make the most of a wok.
Helen Chen (Lexington, MA) is the founder of Helen's Asian Kitchen (helensasiankitchen.com), a widely distributed Asian cookware line, and the author of Helen Chen's Chinese Home Cooking (978-0-688-14609-2). Her mother, Joyce Chen, was a pioneering Chinese restaurateur and entrepreneur, and Helen served as the CEO of her mother's company before launching her own business.
"When I was growing up, my mother did all of the cooking at home and the variety was endless. But it was her everyday Chinese home cooking that I remember bestthe often-revisited stir-fry dishes that are simple, easy, delicious, and part of the culinary repertoire of most Chinese families. I hope you will enjoy this collection of some of my favorites. Perhaps some will become part of your everyday cooking, too. So come with me to my kitchen and let me share with you what the Chinese do in theirs." Helen Chen
Enjoy Easy Chinese Stir-Fries Like These:
- Chicken with Mushrooms and Snow Peas
- Braised Party Wings
- Spicy Chunking Pork
- Sparerib Nuggets in Black Bean Sauce
- Stir-Fried Broccoli Beef in Oyster Sauce
- Spicy Beef Shreds with Carrots and Celery
- Coral and Jade
- Flower Squid with Mixed Vegetables
- Bean Curd with Black Mushrooms and Bamboo Shoots
- Ginger-glazed Carrots and Parsnips
About the Author
HELEN CHEN is the founder of Helen's Asian Kitchen (helensasiankitchen.com), a widely distributed Asian cookware line, and the author of Helen Chen's Chinese Home Cooking. Her mother, Joyce Chen, was a pioneering Chinese restaurateur and entrepreneur, and Helen served as the CEO of her mother's company before launching her own business.
Table of Contents
Bean Curd (Tofu).