- Last Updated: 3:05 AM, May 31, 2012
- Posted: 11:13 PM, May 30, 2012
Tired of ham and cheese or seconds on burgers and fries? Comes now British-educated Ching-He Huang. From the Cooking Channel’s “Easy Chinese,” and as tasty-looking as her recipes.
“I’m passionate about food. I was born in Taiwan. My grandmother cooked every day for uncles, aunts, everyone, our family of 25. My grandfather was the eldest. I lived with them on a farm because my parents worked in Taipei.
“Rustic home cooking with fresh ingredients. Grandfather shopped the local markets each morning. Produce right from the ground, fresh fish, just made noodles. When my businessman father moved to South Africa, obsessed with pure simple ingredients, he did Johannesburg’s market every day. The classics. Abalone, homemade sauces, fusion cheese.”
What’s needed to cook homestyle Chinese food?
“Minimum oils and little bits of everything. Essential is low-sodium soy, duck sauce for a marinade, rice wine, which is a bonus because you can also drink it, sesame oil, yellow bean paste and five spice powders.” She enumerated clove and fennel but, since my fridge holds strictly mayo, peanut butter and leftovers, I got lost after that.
“For soup, stir fry, braising, steaming, cooking down to the center, you need a wok, which lasts for ages.
“Chinese cuisine’s healthy. We are not trained with take-away fast foods. Rice, noodles, carbs digest quickly. Veggies, meat, fish, greens are more balanced. Avoid carb-heavy food and naughty treats, which you might have once a week. In Taiwan we didn’t eat bread, but in South Africa I fell in love with it so I, too, am guilty.
“My favorite is sticky rice. Pre-soak gelatinous glutenless rice a few hours. One pound with double the weight in water. Boil. Cool. Pour over fried free-range pre-cut chicken, packet of vegetables, shallots, spice, duck sauce. A quickie salad is cucumber in wedges, crushed garlic, equal amounts rice vinegar, sesame oil and soy sauce. Marinade 10 minutes. Add radish, and it’s delicious.
“What’s not to like with Chinese food? Hot, spicy, sweet, sour, appeals to every taste.”
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