A Very Chinese Cookbook: 100 Recipes from China and Not China (But Still Really Chinese) – Cookbook Review & Giveaway

Enter our US/CA giveaway below to win one of three copies of A Very Chinese Cookbook: 100 Recipes from China and Not China (But Still Really Chinese) by Kevin Pang and Jeffrey Pang and America’s Test Kitchen.

A Very Chinese Cookbook: 100 Recipes from China and Not China (But Still Really Chinese) by Kevin and Jeffrey Pang and America’s Test Kitchen is the perfect book for someone who wishes to explore Chinese cuisine. The content is approachable and will provide dishes that will rival any takeout available.

Kevin Pang is a James Beard Award-winning food writer. At America’s Test Kitchen, Kevin is Editorial Director for Digital and host of the podcast, Proof. His father, Jeffrey Pang, is a retired businessman in the import-export industry. He’s also an amateur YouTube chef whose Chinese cooking channel was featured in The New York Times Magazine in 2016. Jeffrey is the co-star of Hunger Pangs with Kevin, a video series for America’s Test Kitchen.

In this title, storytelling meets foolproof technique as the father and son celebrate the joys of Chinese cooking. With an informative mix of humor and clear instruction, the Pangs show how to build a pantry, teach how to use a wok and cleaver, review popular brands of instant noodles, and offer a visual guide to dim sum. There are myriad photographs of technique (and when the father/son team have differing methods – there are side by side comparisons), photographs of finished dishes and recipes for all our favorite dishes – including Scallion pancakes, Sesame noodles, and Crispy orange beef.

Our takes you inside this beautiful book and features the following

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  • kitchen_chick  on  December 27, 2023

    Hakka stuffed tofu with egg dumplings (Kejia doufu danjiao bao)

  • DarcyVaughn  on  December 27, 2023

    Oil-exploded shrimp (Youbao xia)

  • jinni  on  December 27, 2023

    Char siu bolo bao (Chashao boluo bao)

  • rmpostonmfandt  on  December 27, 2023

    I woke love to make the mouthwatering chicken (with a name like that, who could resist?!)

  • kamilaskitchen  on  December 28, 2023

    gluten free dumplings?

  • vickster  on  December 28, 2023

    I would try Mouthwatering Chicken

  • Babycarrot  on  December 28, 2023

    Crispy orange beef

  • Jillyb3  on  December 28, 2023

    Oil-exploded shrimp sounds very interesting! Also, I found a recipe for homemade tofu – that sounds like something to try.

  • oduong930  on  December 28, 2023

    crispy orange beef

  • camtncook  on  December 28, 2023

    Hoisin Sesame Dipping Sauce

  • ravensfan  on  December 28, 2023

    Sesame balls

  • Leonard5854  on  December 28, 2023

    Mouthwatering chicken

  • matag  on  December 28, 2023

    Red-braised pork belly

  • dataentrytard  on  December 28, 2023

    I would like to prepare the chicken broth with chicken wings, fresh ginger and scallions.

  • stahl_amy  on  December 28, 2023

    Egg tarts. Trying these for a friend’s Chinese New Year party.

  • Kristjudy  on  December 28, 2023

    Mouthwatering chicken

  • dadekian  on  December 28, 2023

    The Oil-Exploded Shrimp! (Youbao xia)

  • Shelley.b  on  December 28, 2023

    Scallion pancakes (Congyoubing)

  • minbody  on  December 28, 2023

    Mouthwatering chicken

  • dbcurrie  on  December 28, 2023

    I’d probably start with the plum sauce because I love that stuff. Then maybe the stir-fried tomatoes and eggs.

  • dan031082  on  December 28, 2023

    Sesame noodles!

  • miggsy  on  December 29, 2023

    Egg tarts

  • contrarywise  on  December 29, 2023

    This book looks great! I’d like to try the scallion pancake recipe.

  • ltsuk  on  December 29, 2023

    Scallion pancakes

  • trudys_person  on  December 29, 2023

    Hong Kong-style wonton noodle soup sounds good – all of my favourite things!

  • thebrassbee  on  December 29, 2023

    Chili crisp (Xiangcui lajiaoyou)

  • amylou61  on  December 30, 2023

    I’d try the American-style egg rolls (Meishi chunjuan)

  • htomren  on  December 30, 2023

    Mouthwatering chicken (Koushui ji)

  • priyamaine  on  December 30, 2023

    so many! Probaly the oil-exploded shrimp!

  • clairew137  on  December 31, 2023

    Hakka stuffed tofu with egg dumplings

  • AArgersi  on  December 31, 2023

    Shu Mai!!!

  • GreenhouseCheryl  on  December 31, 2023

    Scallion pancakes (Congyoubing)

  • marti35  on  December 31, 2023

    American Style Egg Rollsd up first.

  • rkosully  on  January 1, 2024

    I would first like to make the American-style egg rolls (Meishi chunjuan).

  • rchesser  on  January 1, 2024

    Shu Mai.

  • antpantsii  on  January 1, 2024

    I would attempt har gow

  • betsyradelow  on  January 1, 2024

    Smashed cucumbers (Pai huanggua)

  • schesshire  on  January 1, 2024

    Snack peanuts!

  • Siegal  on  January 1, 2024

    Sesame balls

  • lean1  on  January 2, 2024

    Hoisin sesame dipping sauce

  • debgonewest  on  January 2, 2024

    Smashed cucumber

  • teamkies  on  January 3, 2024

    Steamed fish fillets with scallions and ginger (Jiangcong zheng yuliu)

  • skvalentine  on  January 3, 2024

    Oh wow! Looks wonderful. Any of the sauces are really calling my name– especially the Ginger Scallion Sauce.

  • stulled  on  January 3, 2024

    Crispy orange beef

  • inflytur  on  January 4, 2024

    Singapore noodles (Xingzhou chaomi). I know that they aren’t “authentic” but I adore them.

  • Carrotmusic  on  January 5, 2024

    Salt and pepper squid – this is a preparation style I love.

  • lisambb  on  January 5, 2024

    Dry chili chicken looks good!

  • MarshaG  on  January 5, 2024

    chicken corn soup

  • Lafauvette  on  January 5, 2024

    Sesame balls (Jiandui)

  • meowpossum  on  January 5, 2024

    I love how simple some of these recipes are. The smashed cucumbers only has five ingredients. Not intimidatingly complex at all.

  • joeljkp  on  January 5, 2024

    Stir-fried tomatoes and eggs!

  • soling  on  January 5, 2024

    Crispy roast pork belly (Cuipi shaorou)

  • terawong  on  January 5, 2024

    i love egg tarts

  • virjeania  on  January 6, 2024

    Hoisin-sesame dipping sauce

  • burnum  on  January 6, 2024

    Oil-exploded shrimp (Youbao xia)

  • infinity6361  on  January 6, 2024

    I would love to try the Corn & Chicken Soup first, sounds so tasty.

  • LaurenE  on  January 6, 2024

    Crispy orange beef

  • ktrum7  on  January 6, 2024

    spring rolls

  • Kvancaplen  on  January 6, 2024

    Hot and sour soup

  • katryna  on  January 7, 2024

    Scallion pancakes

  • roxlet  on  January 7, 2024

    crispy orange beef

  • sarahteertzah  on  January 7, 2024

    Kung pao chicken (Gongbao jiding)

  • sayeater  on  January 9, 2024

    Homestyle tofu (Jiachang doufu)

  • tarae1204  on  January 9, 2024

    Crispy. Orange. Beef.

  • LSanders  on  January 10, 2024

    Mouthwatering chicken

  • rivergait  on  January 11, 2024

    I’d start with smashed cucumbers. I live in a rural community that has limited access to unusual Asia ingredients, so I appreciate recipes that lean heavily to mainstream contents.

  • leilx  on  January 13, 2024

    Corn and chicken soup or rice cooker chicken

  • RSW  on  January 15, 2024

    Honey-walnut shrimp (Hetao xia)

  • debbiehb  on  January 17, 2024

    Scallion pancakes

  • txbktxbk  on  January 18, 2024

    shrimp toast

  • BMeyer  on  January 19, 2024

    mouthwatering chicken

  • Venance  on  January 19, 2024

    Mouthwatering chicken

  • elysedc  on  January 20, 2024

    Smashed cucumbers (Pai huanggua)

  • TBipp  on  January 21, 2024

    Mouthwatering Chicken!

  • Supertaster  on  January 22, 2024

    The Shanghai soup dumplings look great!

  • jluvs2bake  on  January 23, 2024

    Kung pao chicken (Gongbao jiding)

  • NatalyaM  on  January 25, 2024

    Sesame noodles (Majiang banmian)

  • Arashi  on  January 27, 2024

    Dried chili chicken looks good.

  • rsgrandinetti  on  January 28, 2024

    Chili Crisp

  • DanaMichelle  on  January 28, 2024

    General Tso’s Chicken!

  • JenjiD  on  January 29, 2024

    Chili crisp (Xiangcui lajiaoyou)

  • soffner  on  January 29, 2024

    Corn and chicken soup (Jirong limi geng)

  • thewoobdog  on  January 30, 2024

    Sichuan snack peanuts!!

  • artthecat  on  January 31, 2024

    Sichuan green beans (Ganbian sijidou)

  • chezlarios  on  February 2, 2024

    Corn and chicken soup (Jirong limi geng)

  • AlexHH  on  February 3, 2024

    American-style egg rolls! My favorite!

  • Karla123  on  February 5, 2024

    Spring rolls [Cantonese egg rolls] (Chunjuan)

  • coolasfolk  on  February 6, 2024

    Clay pot chicken rice (Huaji baozaifan)

  • elsid22  on  February 6, 2024

    Sesame balls

  • t.t  on  February 7, 2024

    Shanghai soup dumplings (Xiaolongbao)

  • Lora724  on  February 7, 2024

    I would make the Pot stickers (Guotie) first.

  • leknit  on  February 8, 2024

    Eggplant with black bean sauce

  • awesomepossum  on  February 9, 2024

    Char siu-style spareribs (Shao paigu). I’ve never mastered spareribs and I think this recipe sounds like a good one!

  • orchidlady01  on  February 10, 2024

    Enriched chicken and pork broth

  • skyejaden  on  February 10, 2024

    I would make the sesame balls!

  • KZahnow  on  February 11, 2024

    Crispy Orange Beef

  • avonleajules  on  February 14, 2024

    Crispy Orange Beef

  • Yarnia  on  February 16, 2024

    Hot and sour Napa cabbage

  • Pizzacat13  on  February 17, 2024


  • LeMinou  on  February 17, 2024

    Crispy orange beef

  • nomadchowwoman  on  February 21, 2024

    I’d try the scallion pancakes first. Have never been pleased with results from other recipes.

  • Maryd8822  on  February 21, 2024

    Smashed cucumbers

  • katenolan  on  February 25, 2024

    Pork stir-fried noodles (Rousi chaomian)

  • Dannausc  on  February 27, 2024

    Chili crisp

  • EmilyR  on  February 27, 2024

    Mouthwatering Chicken

  • MarciK  on  February 28, 2024

    Dan dan mian (Dandanmian)

  • roseryan1972  on  February 28, 2024

    Honey walnut shrimp

  • CrazyCat63  on  February 29, 2024

    mouthwatering chicken

  • ebalk02  on  March 5, 2024

    Soy sauce chicken

  • thecharlah  on  March 6, 2024

    Homemade tofu (Zizhi doufu)

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