Love Chinese food but have absolutely NO idea how to cook it? Fear not. In Chinese Unchopped, acclaimed teacher and School of Wok founder Jeremy Pang demystifies the secret traditions of Chinese cookery, revealing the core techniques that bring the authentic flavours of traditional Chinese cooking into your own kitchen.
Opening with the Chinese Kitchen Essentials, Jeremy outlines everything you need to know to set up a workable Chinese kitchen. All the necessary equipment such as cleavers and choppers is covered, along with the dazzling array of ingredients that make up the Chinese pantry, with tips on which to buy when starting out. Above all though, the focus is on preparation - the key to unlocking successful Chinese cooking with its quick cooking processes and ingenious visual 'Wok Clock' sorts your prepared ingredients into the right order for rapid cooking such as stir-frying.
Once you've covered the essentials, Chinese Unchopped moves through six chapters outlining the fundamental techniques in Chinese cooking, including stirfrying, deep-frying, steaming, poaching and braising, roasting and double cooking. Each chapter focuses on a range of simple-to-cook yet authentic Chinese recipes such as Seabass fillets with crushed soy bean & coriander, Spicy sichuan-style bubergine, Claypot chicken with mushroom rice and Drunken black bean rib eye that will have you testing your new cleaver skills and trying out new techniques.
Crammed full of information presented in an engaging, accessible way, with Chinese Unchopped you'll soon be turning out exceptional Chinese food in your own home - day in, day out.
Long before I became a television chef I was foremost a teacher first at my own cookery school and then at the California Culinary Academy, a school for professional chefs. What was important for me then was to teach Chinese cookery techniques so that my students could gain a fundamental understanding and appreciation of one of the most ancient cuisines in the world.
Today, with Jeremy Pang s masterpiece Chinese Unchopped, the author has successfully distilled the essence of how to make delicious authentic Chinese dishes through simply explained techniques. In this book every essential aspect is covered, every recipe is written with clear instructions on how to prepare and cook each dish, while Jeremy s distinct voice (and sense of humour) fills it with his personal experiences and observations. I love how helpful substitution suggestions for harder to find ingredients are provided while practical tips on technique give you the know-how you need to cook with confidence, as if Jeremy was right beside you. I also love how some traditional Chinese recipes have been given new life with unusual ingredients or sauces, while Martin Poole s mouthwatering photos make me want to run into the kitchen to try them out.