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Thursday, May 5, 2016

Katie Chin's Everyday Chinese Cookbook -- Asian Pacific Heritage Month Series

Disclosure: Tuttle Publishing gave me a copy of this book free of charge for this review. All opinions in my review are my own and I did not receive any other compensation. As in all my reviews I am providing links for your ease, but receive no compensation. 

It is May and that brings several things. In the United States it means Mother's Day, the end of school is near and Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month. This post is the first of mine in the Multicultural Kid Blogs Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Blog Series and Giveaway. (Scroll down for the giveaway!) Today I am sharing with you a new cookbook from Katie Chin. This book is Katie Chin's Everyday Chinese Cookbook: 101 Delicious Recipes from My Mother's Kitchen with photographs by Masano Kawana. Katie Chin is sharing some of her mother's everyday recipes just in time for Mother's Day!!

http://www.tuttlepublishing.com/books-by-country/katie-chins-everyday-chinese-cookbook-hardcover-with-jacket

The recipes in this book are easy to follow and have ingredients that are easy to find as well. The book begins (after the introduction and information about her mother's kitchen) with pages explaining the Chinese ingredients and basic cooking techniques and tips and tools. Then the recipes begin. The chapters are Sauces, Starters and Dim Sum, Salads, Soups, Poultry, Beef, Pork and Lamb, Seafood, Vegetables and Tofu, Noodles and Rice and Drinks and Desserts. Many of the recipes are for food you may order at a Chinese restaurant. What is your favorite thing to order? For us it is even better to have homemade food because I can cater the food to our likes and dislikes. For example we do not like mushrooms so I don't add the mushrooms. (A funny side story: I remember trading mushrooms for peppers with a co-worker whenever we got Chinese food for lunch as well as with pizza. We would literally pass each other the food we didn't like across the table all the time.)

We tried three recipes in this book and loved them all. In fact we decided after the first recipe that this book was a keeper. It will not be donated to our public library since we really love the recipes. We started with Canton-Style Chicken Chow Mein. I did not put the mushrooms in to this recipe.
Hazel has not stopped talking about this one. She loves it!! And yes we have to make it again. Hazel planned to make it with me, but she did not want to when it was time to cooking. I do not think I used the best oil so the noodles did not cook the way they should have (they stuck to the bottom of my wok). 

The next recipe we tried is Lettuce Wraps with Chicken. I did not make our own hoisin sauce, but there is a recipe for it in the book. Again this was another favorite. I actually added a little hoisin sauce to the chicken instead of spreading it on each piece of lettuce. All of us however added more after trying it.

Hazel's only complaint was that they are hard to eat, but she used her spoon and ate the filling out. Then she asked for more to "finish" her lettuce. I also did not top them with green onions mostly because I let everyone make their own. 

Our third recipe we have tried so far is Stir-Fried Beef with Broccoli. I added green beans to the recipe since Steve does not like broccoli. Hazel however loves it especially the stems so I also included some of the stems and not just the florets like the recipe called. Hazel asked me to make this one. She loved the idea of beef and broccoli together. Katie Chin shares a similar recipe on her blog.

Again everyone loved this meal. It was very easy like the other two recipes. The biggest thing for me was how many pans and dishes I used. I called my father and told him I wished he was here to do the dishes since he is always commenting on how it awful to be on dish duty after I cooked when I was younger. I always liked trying new recipes and tended to need every pan in the house and then some. I guess I haven't changed. 

These recipes reminded me of the food I have eaten at good Chinese restaurants only better since they had our favorite foods and not the things we don't eat. The recipes are clear and easy to follow. I can't wait to try some more and have to recommend this book to everyone who likes Chinese food and wants to try making some!

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