Finally, a cookbook dedicated to the style of food I grew up eating. Chinese Soul Food by Hsiao-Ching Chou is a compilation of classic comfort foods which not only nourishes the soul, but also, often, brings me to that “ratatouille moment” where it conjures up memories from my childhood.
The book provides easy-to-follow recipes and plenty of tips for favorite home-style Chinese dishes, such as the author’s famous pot stickers, which consistently sell out her cooking classes in Seattle. You will also find helpful tips and techniques, as well as a basic Chinese pantry list that includes acceptable substitutions for those of you who may not have the ingredients on hand.
This is a book my son, who loves Red-Braised Pork Belly (p.186), can use to help him navigate all the dishes he reminisces about when he’s moves ahead in life and no longer living with me. Also included are recipes for Green Onion Pancake (p.90/91 ) and Red-Braised Beef Shank (p.189) all of which are family favorites!
Hsiao-Ching Chou is an award-winning food journalist, cooking instructor, and communications consultant. She is a member of the James Beard Foundation cookbook committee and also, my organization Les Dames d’Escoffier! Proud to support a Dame.