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Whether they're served cold, pan-fried until crunchy, or simmered in soup, noodles are a major part of Asia's cuisine. Each country has its own signature dish, from China's Pork Lo Mein to Thailand's Pad Thai to Japan's Yaki-Soba, and the noodles themselves might be made from wheat, rice, or even mung beans. All these dishes have one thing in common, though: They're uniformly delicious. And now, thanks to noted Asian cooking expert Helen Chen, they're a snap to prepare at home.
Easy Asian Noodles includes more than 60 recipes for noodle dishes, all of which are simple enough for even a fledgling Asian cook. If you can make spaghetti, you can make these recipes. Many of them take less than half an hour from pan to plateit's the perfect way to add variety to hurried weeknight dinners. And the majority use ingredients you'll find in any supermarketthe most exotic ingredient in Chen's Yaki-Soba is Worcestershire sauce!
Chen takes recipes from every corner of the continent and makes them accessible to Western home cooks. After a thorough discussion of Asian noodles in generalglossaries of noodles and other Asian ingredients, the best ways to cook and serve noodles, and the right equipment for the job (most of which you probably already own)Chen moves on to the recipes, an irresistible selection of simple, foolproof dishes organized into three categories:
Stir-Fried, Pan-Fried, and Sauced Noodles: From China there's Crispy Noodle Cake with Shredded Chicken and Vegetables, Scallion and Ginger Soft Noodles, or Wide Rice Noodles with Beef in Black Bean Sauce; Singapore offers curry-infused Rice Sticks; Thailand brings Pad Thai, of course, but also Crazy Noodles, My Drunken Noodles, and Spicy Basil Beef Noodles.
Soup Noodles: Take comfort in a steaming bowl of Cantonese Roast Duck Soup Noodles or Chinese Chicken Noodle Soup. Learn the simplest possible method to make your own wontonspork, turkey, or shrimp. Or for a spicy treat, try Peking Hot-and-Sour Noodle Soup, Japanese Curry Udon, or Vietnamese Quick Chicken Ph?.
Cold Noodles and Noodle Salads: Refreshing on a hot day or when you just don't feel like heating up the kitchenchoices include Spicy Peanut Sesame Noodles, Dan Dan Noodles, Japanese Summer Noodle Salad, Iced Somen Noodles, Thai Beef Salad with Deep-Fried Rice Sticks, Vietnamese Poached Shrimp in Herbed Rice Noodle Salad, and ten more.
Filled with straightforward recipes, gorgeous photographs, and expert advice, this is the perfect cookbook for anyone who loves noodles.
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.
Quick, simple, and versatile, Asian noodle dishes are perfect for everyday cooking. Helen Chen shares the secrets of Asian cooking that she learned from her mother, the founder of Asian cookware line Joyce Chen Products. The book includes a wealth of information on types of noodles, Asian cooking tools, and traditional Asian ingredients. Chapters on stir-fried and pan-fried noodles, soup noodles, and noodle salads include include more than 60 easy, straightforward recipes, and are illustrated throughout by 41 full-color photos. The recipes include Pad Thai, Dan Dan Noodles, Japanese Summer Noodle Salad, and Singapore Rice Sticks, and all are simple enough to make every night of the week. With foolproof recipes and expert advice, Easy Asian Noodles will show readers just how easy it is to make great Asian food at home.
A beautiful full-color collection of easy and delicious Asian noodle recipes from Helen Chen
Asian noodles are quick, easy to prepare, and versatile-and they're more popular than ever. A renowned expert on Chinese cuisine and Asian cooking, Helen Chen offers a wealth of fast and delicious recipes from all the major Asian cuisines. You'll learn to make your own stir-fried, pan-fried, and soup noodles, as well as noodle salads.
Chen includes recipes for all your favorite traditional noodle dishes, including pad Thai, yaki-soba, wontons, sesame noodles, udon, ph?, and more. And many of these recipes take no more than twenty or thirty minutes to prepare.
- Full of quick-and-easy recipes for home cooks who are short on time
- Small, full-color package is a perfect affordable gift for anyone interested in Asian cooking
- Author Helen Chen is the founder of Helen's Asian Kitchen and one of America's best known experts on Asian cuisine
Packed with fun, affordable, and delicious recipes that you can make in a flash, Helen Chen's Easy Asian Noodles is the perfect cookbook for anyone who loves noodles.
Helen's Asian Kitchen
Easy Asian Noodles
Photography By Jason Wyche
If you've ever cooked pasta, you can make impressive (yet amazingly easy) Asian noodle disheswith Asian food expert Helen Chen as your guide
"I've always joked with my Italian-American sister-in-law, Barbara, that pasta originally came from China to Italy via Marco Polo. Apocryphal or not, noodles have been and remain a major staple in Asian cuisine. Whether they're stir-fried, boiled, pan-fried, served in soup, or tossed with a sauce, they can be enjoyed anytime throughout the daybreakfast, lunch, light dinner, or midnight snack. For most Asians, noodles conjure up thoughts of home, comfort, and good food."Helen Chen
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, Peking Cuisine, and Easy Chinese Stir-Fries. 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. Helen travels regularly to China working on new products and recipes and visiting her large extended family in
Beijing, Shanghai, Changsha, and Hangzhou. Understanding both Western and Eastern cuisine, Helen is adept at making nutritious, economical, healthy Asian dishes easy for Americans to prepare without sacrificing authenticity.
Jason Wyche is a New Yorkbased food and travel photographer.
Table of Contents
Glossary of Asian Noodles.
Serving and Eating Asian Soup Noodles.
Cooking the Noodles.
Tools for the Asian Kitchen.
Glossary of Ingredients.
Stir-Fried, Pan-Fried, and Sauced.
Cold Noodles and Noodle Salads.