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Old 01-08-2013, 05:36 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, 11:17 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, 11:34 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, 01:04 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, 01:33 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, 01:36 PM   #6
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There are so many good videos on You Tube, you d o not need any books.
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Old 01-09-2013, 03:28 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, 06:00 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, 02:01 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.
http://www.discusscooking.com/forums...les-83450.html

This one is very good.
http://www.discusscooking.com/forums...ipe-83117.html
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Old 01-10-2013, 06:11 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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Old 02-11-2013, 01:51 PM   #11
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Breath of the wok is good.

Stir frying to the sky's edge is a good.

Mastering the Art of Chinese Cooking is great but goes into very deep into detail. A lot of the recipes are for someone with lots of time.

These three books have helped me.
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Old 02-12-2013, 08:21 AM   #12
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Those are nice sites, thanks everyone. I started out with Martin Yan's, Yan Can Cook book many years ago! His cooking show aired on our local public station. Thanks to him I have several woks, bamboo steamers, too many Asian cookbooks and know where all of the Asian markets are in my area!
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Old 02-25-2013, 03:26 AM   #13
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The secret to Chinese cooking is to cut all of the pieces into uniform size, so they will cook to the same degree in the same time. The sauce is extremely important in stir frying. The sauces combine with the oil to both cook the food and then keep it warm while it is on the plate.
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Old 02-25-2013, 04:11 AM   #14
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...and also the oil helps the spices stick to the food....so whatever you do, do not skimp on the oil or the soy sauce used in cooking the food.
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Old 02-25-2013, 02:23 PM   #15
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Your wok needs to be seasoned first just check online how to do it . Ken Hom has some excellent cook books . I also like Ching He Huang .
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Old 03-01-2013, 02:20 AM   #16
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But whatever you do, don't wok your dog!
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