Here at last is a book which all cooks need to know about the fast-growing list of Asian vegetables found in Asian grocery stores and specialty gourmet shops. With attractive watercolors and photographs, A Cook's Guide to Asian Vegetables helps you identify more than 170 vegetables and vegetable products commonly used in Asian cuisine and sold world-wide. Categories include: Beans, peas, pulses Cabbage and other leafy greens Fruiting vegetables Gourds and melons Herbs Mushrooms and other fungi The onion family Preserved vegetables Seaweeds Tofu and other soy products Tubers, stems, and roots Any many more! This Asian cookbook offers insightful tips on how cooks have used the vegetables throughout history; their appearance, nutritional content and flavor; selection, storage and preparation as well as information on traditional Asian herbal remedies and folk beliefs. Fresh, dried and preserved vegetables and herbs are described in this volume, together with simple recipes from around Asia that demonstrate how various vegetables can be served. This cookbook also features over 100 recipes to craft delicious vegetable dishes from all over Asia.
This electronic book is the sixth incarnation of my “vegetable book”. The very first version, covering 30 vegetables, was named A Guide to Chinese Market Vegetablesand appeared in 1980. It was extraordinarily popular (on the best seller list of the South China Morning Post for almost a year), so we did the obvious, producing its sequel, A Further Guide to Chinese Market Vegetables. In 1982, the two were combined in a single volume, A Popular Guide to Chinese Market Vegetables, which was sold internationally. After it went out of print, I updated the text and republished it as A Cook’s Guide to Chinese Vegetables (1992). In 1995, I revised the text substantially for a second edition. This electronic book is essentially the same as the 1995 print edition, with the addition of two vegetables (chard, mitsuba) that had been only in the earliest editions. It differs from the original in that page numbers have been replaced by bi-directional hypertext links, and the illustrations have been moved to the beginning of each section. The purpose of this book is to provide practical information for someone buying fresh produce in a Chinese or Asian market. The seasonal variety of roots, shoots, greens and melons can be fascinating but ultimately daunting. What is it? How do I choose a good one? Should it be green or yellow, soft or hard? Peeled or left whole? And then, how to serve it? Is that the flavor it should have, or have I done something wrong? The following pages attempt to answer these questions clearly and concisely. They also attempt to describe how the Chinese prepare vegetables that we consider “Western”. Vegetables do not, after all, owe allegiance to any one nation or culture; preparing the vegetable you know in ways you hadn’t though of can be an adventure too. Thus, in the following pages, each vegetable’s description includes cooking advice for preparing it in both Western and Chinese styles. Many include recipes. For the Chinese comments, both advice and recipes come from Hong Kong cooks—friends, mothers, mothers of friends, and even vegetable vendors (in Hong Kong, it seems, everyone has a recipe!). Consequently the ‘recipes’ tend to be general guidelines rather than elaborate formulas. Good cooking comes from experience—both in choosing fresh produce, and in the actual preparation--plus good taste, and both develop over time. In addition, each vegetable’s description includes brief comments on its nature in terms of Chinese concepts of nutrition. Following this Foreword, there is a brief section describing these concepts in more detail. The essential nature of the foodstuff and its effects on the body as an energy system are not only fundamental to Chinese cooking but also, simply, what every Cantonese housewife knows. How a vegetable or an ingredient acts in the body as it is digested influences what ingredients are cooked together, in what season they are served, and to whom they are served. These are principles of nutrition in dynamic, living systems that have been tested over centuries. Modern Western cuisine, it seems, has nothing comparable. Interestingly, applying these principles produces meals that are not only nutritious but also extraordinarily delicious. New to the 2010 Edition This ePub book differs from the original in that page numbers have been replaced by bi-directional hypertext links, and the illustrations have been moved to the beginning of each section.
Clear Identification Photos and Explanatory Text for the 50 most Common Asian Vegetables found in the Tropics
Author: Wendy Hutton
Publisher: Periplus Editions (HK) Limited
Learn the essentials of Asian vegetables with this useful and portable reference book. This handy vegetable guide introduces over 50 tropical vegetables commonly found in Indonesia. Each item is described in detail, and local names as well as botanical names are given. Culinary option, tips on buying, storing and preparation of vegetables, and five mouth-watering recipes are included. Illustrated with beautiful color photographs for easy identification of each vegetable, this book is a "must" for vegetable lovers. Periplus Handy Pocket Guides are practical field guides, useful for identifying various natural objects ranging from plants and animals to gemstones and seashells. Each page of each title throughout the series is filled with clear, precise photographs and informative text. Scientific and local language names are given.
Create flavorful and visually stunning dishes with this easy-to-follow Malaysian cookbook. Authentic Recipes from Malaysia presents over 62 easy-to-follow recipes with detailed descriptions of Malaysian cooking methods and ingredients, enabling you to reproduce the exotic flavors of Malaysia in your own kitchen. Malaysia's cuisine is an exciting blend of Malay, Chinese, Indian, and European cooking. Drawing on their multiethnic heritage, Malaysians have developed unique variations on Asian favorites like Malay Chicken Satay, Chinese Fried Kway Teow and Indian Chicken Curry Puffs. Added to these are exotic creations like the fiery Portuguese Baked Fish prepared by Malacca's Eurasian community, Kelantanese Nasi Ulam (rice blended with handfuls of freshly chopped herbs) and savory Butter Prawns—a dish that blends seasonings from all of Malaysia's major ethnic groups. This book provides a selection of unforgettable recipes, at the same time introducing the reader to the nation's diverse cultural and culinary traditions. Delicious Malaysian recipes include: Mango Chutney Borneo Fish Ceviche Snake Gourd and Lentils with Mustard Seeds Yen's Crispy Brown Noodles with Gravy Fiery Chicken Curry Devil Southern Indian Mutton Curry Black Pepper Crab Pancakes with Sweet Coconut Filling
Learn the essentials of tropical and Asian fruits with this useful and portable reference book. Handy Pocket Guide to Tropical Fruits introduces approximately 40 frit species commonly found in the Tropics. Each exotic item is described in detail and its country of origin and areas of growth are discussed. Culinary uses are given, with tips on how to produce the best flavors, and the book ends with a number of mouth-watering fruit recipes. Illustrated with beautiful color photographs, this book is a must for lovers of tropical tastes. Periplus Handy Pocket Guides are practical field guides, useful for identifying various natural objects ranging from plants and animals to gemstones and seashells. Each page of each title throughout the series is filled with clear, precise photographs and informative text. Scientific and local language names are given.
The Ultimate Guide to Mastery, with Authentic Recipes and Stories
Author: Grace Young
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Winner of the 2011 James Beard Foundation Award for International Cooking, this is the authoritative guide to stir-frying: the cooking technique that makes less seem like more, extends small amounts of food to feed many, and makes ingredients their most tender and delicious. The stir-fry is all things: refined, improvisational, adaptable, and inventive. The technique and tradition of stir-frying, which is at once simple yet subtly complex, is as vital today as it has been for hundreds of years—and is the key to quick and tasty meals. In Stir-Frying to the Sky’s Edge, award-winning author Grace Young shares more than 100 classic stir-fry recipes that sizzle with heat and pop with flavor, from the great Cantonese stir-fry masters to the culinary customs of Sichuan, Hunan, Shanghai, Beijing, Fujian, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Singapore, and Malaysia, as well as other countries around the world. With more than eighty stunning full-color photographs, Young’s definitive work illustrates the innumerable, easy-to-learn possibilities the technique offers—dry stir-fries, moist stir-fries, clear stir-fries, velvet stir-fries—and weaves the insights of Chinese cooking philosophy into the preparation of beloved dishes as Kung Pao Chicken, Stir-Fried Beef and Broccoli, Chicken Lo Mein with Ginger Mushrooms, and Dry-Fried Sichuan Beans.
Clear Identification Photos and Explanatory Text for the 35 Most Common Herbs & Spices found in Asia
Author: Wendy Hutton
Publisher: Periplus Editions (HK) Limited
Learn the essentials of Asian spices and herbs with this useful and portable reference book. The Handy Pocket Guide to Tropical Herbs & Spices introduces over 35 different herbs, spices and aromatics commonly found in Asia. Each item is clearly presented and described in detail, with notes on its country of origin and areas of growth. Culinary options are also provided, with helpful tips on how to make the most of these tasty flavorings. With four exciting Asian spice recipes for readers to try, this book is an absolute "must" for lovers of tropical tastes. Periplus Handy Pocket Guides are practical field guides, useful for identifying various natural objects ranging from plants and animals to gemstones and seashells. Each page of each title throughout the series is filled with clear, precise photographs and informative text. Scientific and local language names are given.
From Chilli Crab to Laksa 75 Fabulous Recipes from Monsoon Asia
Author: Wendy Hutton
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
The foods of Bali and Singapore come alive in A Touch of Tropical Spice, your chef-inspired guide to fresh, stylish and modern Asian cooking. Wendy Hutton, longtime author and ambassador of Southeast Asian cuisine developed this compilation cookbook alongside the masterful chefs at the Four Seasons Resort hotels in Singapore and Bali. A Touch of Tropical Spice will bewitch your taste buds with a host of sensational Asian recipes, including: Mango, Fig and Date Cake Masala dosai Balinese sushi Sashimi Salad with Soy Lime Dressing Clams with Red Sauce and Chinese sausage Barbecued Jumbo Shrimp with Chili Dip Black Pepper Beef Coconut and Palm Sugar Ice Cream