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Old 01-08-2013, 04:36 PM   #1
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Advice on "Chinese cooking 101" cookbooks

I have bought my first wok
I have no idea what to do

I have seen a few cookbooks on amazon
that look promising

I am looking for the cook in a hurry
little experience necessary variety of cook books


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Old 01-08-2013, 10:17 PM   #2
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I don't wok but from what I understand it's a lot of prep and short cooking. The key is to slice and cube all the ingredients ahead of time so all you do is dump them in the wok in order of longest cook time to shortest. Can't give you any recommendations for cookbooks. I'm sure some here will be able to help since many members enjoy Asian cooking.

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Old 01-08-2013, 10:34 PM   #3
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A carbon steel wok and the hottest flame you can get is a good place to start.
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Old 01-09-2013, 12:04 PM   #4
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One of my first cookbooks was from Kikkoman (fast, easy & delicious). The recipes are very simple. Some of the recipes are on their site:

Kikkoman - Make Haste Slowly: The Kikkoman Creed

Try the Karaage chicken (Japanese fried chicken).
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Old 01-09-2013, 12:33 PM   #5
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Also wanted to mention... I have been experimenting with their citrus ponzu. So far, I have been very pleased. Have your mise en place (everything chopped & ready to go), and the rest is a snap.
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Old 01-09-2013, 12:36 PM   #6
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There are so many good videos on You Tube, you d o not need any books.
You are what you eat.
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Old 01-09-2013, 02:28 PM   #7
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Here's a discussion we did recently on stir-fry cooking: ISO Asian stir fry type recipe

This was my first Asian cookbook other than a really complicated one my BIL gave me years ago: Stir-Fry Recipes I love it. It has a lot of simple recipes and tips for stir-frying technique, ingredient combinations, and substitutes.

I also find this a great site for recipes and inspiration: SteamyKitchen.com Hth.
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Old 01-10-2013, 05:00 AM   #8
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check this out:

Tigers & Strawberries » Chinese Cooking Lessons

She really knows her stuff.
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Old 01-10-2013, 01:01 PM   #9
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I use a light weight cast iron wok. It works great.

Have everything ready.

Here is a very simple recipe.
Ginger Scallion Noodles

This one is very good.
Chicken with Broccoli Recipe
My blog http://jamesstrange.com/
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Old 01-10-2013, 05:11 PM   #10
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Check this out too. Look for the section called "Wok Wonderings".

Tigers & Strawberries » Search Results » seasoning a wok

I haven't visited Barbara's blog for a long time. She has expanded her blog to include other types of cuisine instead of just Chinese wok cooking.

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