We received Chinese Soul Food in exchange for this post. All opinions and my mad love for Chinese food remain my own.
Mmmm. Chinese Soul Food. You know, that yumminess at the Chinese restaurant on the other side of town.
Maybe we’re missing out. We aren’t cooking it at home. That’s about to change. Hsiao-Ching Chou wrote Chinese Soul Food ($25). It’s the guide that covers essential recipes and techniques to create your favorite Chinese dishes in your kitchen.
Basic tools are the Chinese Soul Food cookbook, a wok, and a wok spatula.
I’m excited at the prospect that Pork and Chinese Cabbage Dumplings, Wontons, Spring Rolls, Fried Rice, Kung Pao chicken, Wonton Soup, Chicken Chow Mein, Cashew Chicken and Mongolian Beef can be staples in my weekly dinner rotation.
Okay, so I may have to get accustomed to what bok choy looks like in the grocery store, and learn a new cooking technique, but it’s Chinese Soul Food, People, and I’m willing to adapt!
We’re talking 80 recipes to tempt you! Five of them are dedicated to dumplings! By the way, do you like your dumplings boiled, steamed, or pan-fried? Chou’s book has options!
Not only does Chou share how I can create my favorite Chinese Food, she writes about Chinese meals. How the meal is about how each dish complements the other with flavors and textures.
Chou is from Columbia, Missouri. Her parents ran a Chinese Restaurant. She created a cauliflower stir-fry with country ham that’s sure to be a Midwestern hit!
I love the simplicity. I love Chou’s idea that “Any kitchen can be a Chinese kitchen!”
I also love her first cookbook’s dedication: “For my parents, who abandoned their success stories in order to feed ours.”
Chinese Soul Food: A Friendly Guide for Homemade Dumplings, Stir-Fries, Soups and More by Hsiao-Ching Chou is a great cookbook. Whether you’re seeking adventure, wanting to learn a new cooking skill, or simply wanting to create your favorite Chinese Food in the comfort of your kitchen, Chou’s book will have you on your way!