Chinese Food Made Easy: 100 Simple, Healthy Recipes from Easy-to-Find Ingredients by Ching-He Huang

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    • Categories: Sandwiches & burgers; Appetizers / starters; Canapés / hors d'oeuvre; Entertaining & parties; Chinese
    • Ingredients: pork fillets; yellow bean sauce; groundnut oil; light soy sauce; black rice vinegar; honey; white pepper; red onions; sesame seed hamburger buns; red-leaf lettuce; Shaohsing rice wine; green-leaf lettuce
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    • Categories: Stir-fries; Quick / easy; Main course; Chinese
    • Ingredients: groundnut oil; yellow peppers; red peppers; light soy sauce; spring onions; roasted unsalted cashew nuts; chicken breasts; white pepper
    • Accompaniments: Steamed jasmine rice
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    • Categories: Rice dishes; Stir-fries; Quick / easy; Main course; Chinese
    • Ingredients: groundnut oil; ginger root; shallots; chicken breasts; five-spice powder; dark soy sauce; dry-roasted peanuts; light soy sauce; toasted sesame oil; white pepper; spring onions; cooked jasmine rice; dried Chinese mushrooms; Shaohsing rice wine
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    • Categories: Stir-fries; Quick / easy; Rice dishes; Side dish; Cooking for 1 or 2; Chinese; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: groundnut oil; chestnut mushrooms; shiitake mushrooms; cooked jasmine rice; light soy sauce; toasted sesame oil; white pepper; Tabasco sauce; eggs; frozen peas
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  • Chilli chicken with noodles
    • Categories: Stir-fries; Pasta, doughs & sauces; Main course; Cooking for 1 or 2; Chinese
    • Ingredients: groundnut oil; chicken breasts; courgettes; red peppers; light soy sauce; spring onions; ginger root; red chillies; tomatoes; tomato ketchup; yellow shi noodles; garlic
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    • Categories: Soups; Quick / easy; Appetizers / starters; Cooking for 1 or 2; Taiwanese; Chinese; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: tomatoes; vegetable stock; eggs; light soy sauce; sesame oil; white pepper; nori; silken tofu; spinach; spring onions
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  • Sweet and sour pork
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  • Chicken chow mein
    • Categories: Stir-fries; Pasta, doughs & sauces; Quick / easy; Main course; Snacks; Cooking for 1 or 2; Chinese
    • Ingredients: toasted sesame oil; dark soy sauce; five-spice powder; groundnut oil; red peppers; bean sprouts; spring onions; light soy sauce; chicken breasts; yellow shi noodles
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  • Beef in oyster sauce
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  • Sweet and tangy chilli beef
    • Categories: Quick / easy; Stir-fries; Main course; Chinese
    • Ingredients: groundnut oil; beef fillets; dried chilli flakes; light soy sauce; white pepper; baby spinach; pak choy; mangoes; orange juice; honey; cucumbers; green chillies; Shaohsing rice wine
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  • Singapore-style noodles
    • Categories: Stir-fries; Pasta, doughs & sauces; Quick / easy; Main course; Cooking for 1 or 2; Singaporean
    • Ingredients: groundnut oil; ginger root; red chillies; shiitake mushrooms; turmeric; tiger prawns; smoked bacon; red peppers; carrots; bean sprouts; rice vermicelli noodles; dried chilli flakes; light soy sauce; oyster sauce; rice vinegar; toasted sesame oil; spring onions; chicken breasts; dried chiles
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    • Categories: Quick / easy; Stir-fries; Appetizers / starters; Cooking for 1 or 2; Chinese
    • Ingredients: pork fillets; dried chilli flakes; little gem lettuce; carrots; cucumbers; bean sprouts; coriander leaves; limes; Shaohsing rice wine; dried chiles; groundnut oil; mung bean noodles
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  • Fish fragrant aubergine pork
    • Categories: Quick / easy; Stir-fries; Main course; Chinese
    • Ingredients: groundnut oil; aubergines; red chillies; ginger root; minced pork; chile bean sauce; rice vinegar; toasted sesame oil; spring onions; Shaohsing rice wine
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    • Categories: Pasta, doughs & sauces; Quick / easy; Stir-fries; Appetizers / starters; Chinese
    • Ingredients: groundnut oil; ginger root; red chillies; minced beef; cornichons; light soy sauce; wheat noodles; toasted sesame oil; sesame paste; chilli oil; black rice vinegar; chicken stock; Sichuan peppercorns; spring onions; coriander leaves; Shaohsing rice wine
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    • Categories: Quick / easy; Stir-fries; Main course; Chinese
    • Ingredients: minced beef; Sichuan peppercorns; groundnut oil; ginger root; red chillies; chile bean sauce; firm tofu; light soy sauce; spring onions; white pepper; toasted sesame oil; Shaohsing rice wine
    • Accompaniments: Steamed jasmine rice
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    • Categories: Quick / easy; Stews & one-pot meals; Main course; Entertaining & parties; Chinese
    • Ingredients: groundnut oil; Sichuan peppercorns; chile bean sauce; chile sauce; vegetable stock; whole star anise; dried Chinese mushrooms; dried tangerine peel; chile oil; ginger root; fish balls; fish cakes; red chiles; Chinese cabbage; tofu; spring onions; beef; pork fillets; lamb; prawns; monkfish; squid; firm tofu; enoki mushrooms; fried tofu; mung bean noodles; baby corn; dried Chinese chiles; mung bean noodles
    • Accompaniments: Vinegar, chilli and soy dipping sauce; Special Taiwanese dipping sauce
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    • Categories: Dips, spreads & salsas; Sauces, general; Quick / easy; Chinese
    • Ingredients: black rice vinegar; light soy sauce; red chillies
    • Accompaniments: Spicy hotpot
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    • Categories: Dips, spreads & salsas; Quick / easy; Sauces, general; Chinese; Taiwanese
    • Ingredients: satay sauce; light soy sauce; coriander leaves; spring onions
    • Accompaniments: Spicy hotpot
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  • Sichuan orange beef
    • Categories: Quick / easy; Main course; Cooking for 1 or 2; Chinese
    • Ingredients: beef steaks; groundnut oil; shiitake mushrooms; light soy sauce; honey; orange juice; oranges; Shaohsing rice wine
    • Accompaniments: Steamed jasmine rice
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    • Categories: Pasta, doughs & sauces; Quick / easy; Main course; Cooking for 1 or 2; Chinese
    • Ingredients: cucumbers; radishes; spring onions; red chillies; groundnut oil; toasted sesame oil; Sichuan peppercorns; crunchy peanut butter; light soy sauce; ginger root; sesame seeds; black sesame seeds; chicken breasts; dried chilli flakes; mung bean noodles
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    • Categories: Quick / easy; Stir-fries; Main course; Cooking for 1 or 2; Chinese
    • Ingredients: Sichuan peppercorns; tiger prawns; groundnut oil; red chillies; red peppers; hoisin sauce; dark soy sauce; dried chilli flakes; dried Chinese chiles
    • Accompaniments: Beijing rice
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  • Zesty chilli and garlic tiger prawns
    • Categories: Quick / easy; Stir-fries; Main course; Cooking for 1 or 2; Chinese
    • Ingredients: groundnut oil; garlic; red chillies; tiger prawns; limes; French beans (haricots verts); dried chilli flakes; Shaohsing rice wine
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    • Categories: Quick / easy; Salads; Stir-fries; Appetizers / starters; Cooking for 1 or 2; Chinese
    • Ingredients: smoked bacon; groundnut oil; dried chiles; Sichuan peppercorns; whole star anise; red chiles; Shaohsing rice wine; toasted sesame oil; rice vinegar; cucumbers; store-cupboard ingredients; dried chilli flakes; limes; chilli oil
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    • Categories: Quick / easy; Stir-fries; Main course; Chinese; Vegan; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: groundnut oil; firm bean curd; light soy sauce; dark soy sauce; black rice vinegar; dried chilli flakes; red chiles; edamame beans; coriander leaves
    • Accompaniments: Steamed jasmine rice
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    • Categories: Pasta, doughs & sauces; Quick / easy; Stir-fries; Soups; Main course; Cooking for 1 or 2; Chinese
    • Ingredients: groundnut oil; ginger root; shiitake mushrooms; red chillies; vegetable stock; canned bamboo shoots; light soy sauce; dark soy sauce; black rice vinegar; white pepper; egg noodles; bean sprouts; baby corn; spring onions; chicken breasts; Shaohsing rice wine
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  • Smacked soy and cucumber sesame salad

    • lorloff on June 30, 2019

      We love this dish at a local Chinese restaurant and I have been looking for a version to make at home. The technique really works smashing the cucumbers helps them absorb more of the sauce. Very delicious and easy to make. Next time we will try adding some chili oil to spice it up a bit.

    • Ro_ on February 26, 2020

      Simple and tasty Asian cucumber and carrot salad recipe, that requires no time for the cucumber to salt and drain, no cooking and no lengthy marinating time. I'd make it again, possibly with the addition of some toasted sesame seeds and a bit of chilli to give heat.

  • Tiger prawns and garlic chives stir-fry

    • TrishaCP on May 01, 2022

      This was an easy stir-fry with a nice flavor from the garlic chives. (My garlic chives clumped together a bit while cooking, but that didn’t seem to impact the flavor.) I subbed Gulf shrimp for tiger prawns.

  • Beef in oyster sauce

    • TrishaCP on October 06, 2022

      Easy and delicious.

    • redjanet on January 07, 2014

      This is a really delicious, simple and quick meal that is perfect for a week night. It goes beautifully with rice and the baby pak choy adds an extra element to the dish, though I also recently used pointed spring cabbage instead, which also worked very well.

  • Spiced beef stir-fry topped with spring onion and coriander

    • FJT on September 28, 2018

      This is certainly well-spiced and is to be recommended if your sinuses need clearing out! I looked at the ingredients for the spicy coating and decided that 2 tablespoons of chilli flakes for 400g of beef was going to be totally overpowering, so I halved it. We now wish I'd reduced it yet further. Before our mouths were tingling too much to taste anything, we agreed that overall it was very tasty and with fewer chilli flakes this would be a nice dish.

  • Sichuan orange beef

    • FJT on September 27, 2018

      We really enjoyed this dish. The beef doesn't really pick up much of the marinade even though I marinaded it for several hours (she suggests just 15 minutes), but the mushrooms cooked in the marinade are delicious. We'll make this again, but with more marinade / sauce.

  • Radish and sesame soy noodle salad

    • Ro_ on May 12, 2020

      I used buckwheat (soba) noodles as that's what I had. I think there is a little too much vinegar in the dressing. This dish was OK but nothing special, I probably wouldn't make it again.

  • Peanut chicken noodle salad

    • Ro_ on March 16, 2020

      I'm a big fan of the Bang Bang Chicken recipe in Ching-He's collaboration book with Ken Hom: Exploring China, and I was sceptical this was going to be much more than a paler imitation of it. The key differences are a different type of noodle, a sauce that needs cooking (and contains fewer ingredients) and a different mix of salad vegetables (bean sprouts, cucumber and spring onion instead of cucumber radish and carrot). I was a little perplexed during the making of the sauce because it kept seizing up, until I realised it needed to come off the heat and have cold water/stock added (not hot) to get the texture right. Overall this was better than I thought it would be, a little lighter than the Bang Bang recipe, but with less complexity of flavour - so I still prefer my old favourite.

  • Fast hot and sour noodle pot

    • Ro_ on November 10, 2020

      Very tasty, took me about half an hour to make (prep + cooking) from start to finish. A lot of that time is just getting ingredients out of the pantry/fridge - there's not too much work in terms of chopping/cooking but there are lots of seasonings and things to add. For me this was just lacking slightly on the sour note, I think a squeeze of lime juice or some fish sauce would be nice. I loved the crunchy texture provided by the baby corn, which I kept in quite large chunks. I omitted the bamboo shoots and upped the bean sprouts.

  • Roast duck noodle soup

    • Ro_ on November 20, 2020

      I didn't have Chinese cabbage, I added some baby sweetcorn as a kind of substitute. The broth for this was quite light, though I suppose a lot depends on the quality of your chicken stock. Overall this was a nice dish, but probably not my favourite way to eat duck. I only marinated it for a few hours and I think I should have done it for longer - some of the sweet notes of hoisin and sugar got a bit lost and I think would have added a lot to the dish.

  • Sichuan crispy chilli pork on lettuce

    • Ro_ on May 12, 2020

      This was very nice, especially the crispy pork element. I'd just say the beansprouts are unnecessary (and hard to fit into the lettuce cups) and also a drizzle of sauce of some kind would be nice, maybe an oyster-sauce based dressing?

  • Fish fragrant aubergine pork

    • Ro_ on May 27, 2020

      Didn't have minced pork, but I cut up some pork chops finely. I liked the flavours of this dish quite a bit, it definitely had that familiar fish fragrant flavour. But I think I've tried a couple of other variants on similar recipes (from Fuschia Dunlop and Ken Hom) that I prefer.

  • Dan Dan noodles

    • Ro_ on May 18, 2020

      I thought this was "only OK" (the broth lacked depth of flavour and the whole dish felt like it needed lifting somehow) but my OH really enjoyed it. That said, since I do the cooking I probably won't make it again!

  • Chilli chicken with noodles

    • Ro_ on June 18, 2020

      This was pretty nice. It kind of reminded me of a pot noodle type thing, but nicer. The courgette and pepper gave it some nice crunch. I wasn't sure what to expect from the sauce, but it was basically sweet and tomato-y with a Chinese tang. I think two large spring onions is too much for the shredded topping, just one spring onion would be fine. Overall I'm not a massive fan of noodle dishes, I'm more of a rice person, so I probably wouldn't make this again but I think noodle-lovers might well love it.

    • njm68 on June 21, 2022

      When making it for 4 people, I doubled everything except the chilli and garlic. We don't like very hot stir-fries, we prefer to have some heat and taste the flavours.

  • Drunken chicken

    • Ro_ on June 30, 2020

      I didn't particularly care for this: I guess the whole point is that it tastes strongly of alcohol, but it was a bit overpowering for our tastes.

  • Crispy duck

    • Ro_ on March 15, 2020

      I just made the marinated duck without the apricot/plum sauce, since I had mango sauce to use up. The marinade and cooking instructions gave v nice duck breast: but I lengthened the cooking time both on the hob and in the oven since my duck breasts were huge and very thick.

  • Basic glutinous rice

    • Ro_ on November 01, 2020

      Didn't find this method gave great results - very gloopy. I'll go back to steaming it in a bamboo steamer, which gave me sticky but not gloopy rice.

  • Soy and sesame French beans

    • Ro_ on July 08, 2020

      In the end these were delicious, but I had to pick out a lot of the garlic before serving because it had gone very burnt and bitter. Not sure how to resolve this: maybe just use garlic infused oil?

  • Black bean mushrooms

    • Ro_ on November 12, 2020

      I used champignons de Paris instead of mixed oriental mushrooms. I really liked the textures of this dish, and the nice thick sauce, however it was a bit too overwhelmingly salty/spicy for me. I think the chilli I used must have been a particularly hot one (and I didn't completely deseed it). I'd make it again but possible leave out the chilli, and a bit less soy sauce.

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  • ISBN 10 0007264984
  • ISBN 13 9780007264988
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  • Published Jul 01 2008
  • Format Hardcover
  • Page Count 192
  • Language English
  • Edition TV tie-in ed
  • Countries United Kingdom
  • Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
  • Imprint Harper

Publishers Text

Ching-He Huang is one of the brightest stars in modern Chinese cooking in the UK. Each week in her new BBC2 series she re-invents the nation's favourite Chinese dishes, modernising them with fresh, easy to buy ingredients, and offering simple practical tips and techniques. These are brought together in this beautiful book to accompany the series. Drawing on the experiences of top chefs, her family and friends, growers and producers and celebrity enthusiasts Ching sets out to discover the best Chinese cooking in the UK today, introducing easy-to-make Chinese food to sometimes resistant Brits, and painting a picture of modern Anglo-Chinese life in the UK as she goes. Chinese Food Made Easy begins with some of the most familiar dishes from a Chinese takeaway menu - Sweet & Sour Prawns, Chicken with Cashew Nuts, Chop Suey and Cantonese Vegetable Stir Fry, each with Ching's special and imaginative twist. Later we explore spicy Szechuan food: Noodles, Dumplings and Dim sum; Seafood; Fast Food; Desserts and finally Celebratory Food, where Ching presents a complete banquet of dishes to celebrate the Chinese New Year. Ching's knowledge, charm and enthusiasm shine through as she shares the 'basic principles' of Chinese cooking including some of the simple techniques and tips taught by her grandparents for tasty results. Using ingredients from high-street supermarkets and some imaginative suggestions for alternative ingredients, these classic Chinese dishes are updated, fresh and healthily prepared so that anyone can make and enjoy them.

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