Cooking Channel chef Ching-He Huang simplifies and lightens up Chinese food in her TV shows Chinese Food Made Easy and Easy Chinese: San Francisco (find great recipes from her shows here). In her new cookbook, Ching’s Everyday Easy Chinese, Ching gives her special touch to Chinese takeout favorites and traditional foods, delivering more than 100 quick, easy and healthy Chinese recipes.
Ching’s cookbook is organized and reads like your favorite Chinese takeout menu, stepped up a notch or two. It starts with a few breakfast offerings (Pork, Ginger and Duck Egg Congee) and then dives into soups and appetizers (Pork and Shrimp Fried Wontons). Main dishes are divided into poultry (Kung Po Chicken); beef, pork and lamb (Cantonese-Style Sweet-and-Sour Pork); fish and shellfish (Spicy Sweet Jumbo Shrimp); and then vegetarian dishes. There’s even a section with “Specials,” or special occasion foods for get-togethers, like Chili Bean Braised Beef.
Rice and noodle dishes like Ching’s Yangzhou Fried Rice look like they could easily become new weeknight staples for busy families. And a desserts chapter at the end is a cool surprise — although sweets aren’t a common part of Chinese takeout, in Ching’s fantasy takeout restaurant they would be a must-have.
- Japanese-Style Crispy Halibut with Lemon Sauce — Ching was inspired by the takeout classic Lemon Chicken to make this fried fish appetizer.
- General Tso’s Chicken — This sweet and spicy dish is a popular Chinese takeout staple in America.
- Black Pepper Beef and Stir-Fry — A rainbow of colorful veggies makes this a healthy Chinese food option.
- Banana Toffee Fritters — This is Ching’s favorite Chinese dessert; she first tried it at a UK restaurant.
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