Martin Yan Quick and Easy Paperback – Oct 15 2004
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Yan admits to having "eaten my way across Asia more times than I can count." Luckily, he collected plenty of recipes along the route. These recipes are for simple, traditional dishes, many of which may have been slightly modified to appeal to Western palates—and schedules (most meals can be made in under a half hour). Yan, who hosts a PBS series, employs modern conveniences such as rice-cookers and microplane graters to expedite food prep, and suggests buying sauces from your local Asian market, if you happen to live near one. He presents a list of items he suggests should be staples of the amateur chef's Asian pantry and refrigerator. Yan directs novices to an overview of online resources and even provides a glossary of ingredients for the Asian-impaired. Basic recipes such as Sushi Rice, Spicy Soy Dipping Sauce, and Sweet-and-Sour Shredded Carrots are dispatched in a half page each. The next section, titled "Small Bites and First Courses," includes 81 appetizing dishes, such as Marbled Tea Eggs, and Crab and Asparagus Soup. The meatiest section, "Main Courses," features dishes like Mirin-Ginger Crab and Lemon-Pepper Beef. The book finishes off with tasty "Deserts and Drinks," such as Spiced Banana Rolls and Lychee Lemonade. Yan does a good job of demystifying Asian cuisine and bringing a touch of zen into our hurried lives. Photos.
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In this book, you can find any of your favourite Chinese dishes and get them on the table with no hassle. Some of the good noodle dishes from the TV shows are also available from here for your reference as well.
In a word, it's all yummy down the road here!
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Martin starts by passing along his wisdom on the best tools to use for preparing Chinese dishes and the techniques used to make them delicious. If you've followed Martin's shows you'll be familiar with some of it but there's a lot more I learned that was new. Kung Pao chicken is a favorite of mine so I was happy to see a recipe for Kung Pao sauce. Also not to be missed is the Ginger Chicken, and black pepper Beef.
And it's not all limited to Chinese foods. There are korean, Japanese, Taiwanese, Vietnamese recipes as well. A grat book for fans of Asian cuisine!
Martin Yan begins with his top 10 easy tips for cooking Asian food. Next, he gives you necessary tools and techniques for making these culinary delights. Yan wraps up with stocking up your pantry, online resources for ingredients and glossary.
Included are excellent basic rice recipes for the desired outcome-steamed, for sushi, or quick rice. Sauces such as Peanut Dipping Sauce or Spicy Soy Dipping Sauce as well as Asian Vinaigrette are included. Wonderful photographs displaying dishes are included.
Salads include Backyard Asian Coleslaw, Asparagus Orange Salad and Wo Ti's Garlicky Romaine Salad. Try the Asian Cucumber Bisque, Coconut Squash Soup, or Pineapple Hot-and-Sour Soup to mention a few.
Main courses to try are several tofu recipes: Tofu Pork Pillows and Tofu and Three Mushroom Stir-Fry. Use up leftover eggs in the fridge with Dinner Oyster Omelet. Seafood lovers will delight in the Stuffed Jumbo Garlic Prawns or the Cantonese Shrimp Scramble. How about the Sea Scallops in Sweet Chili Sauce served with steamed rice or Wine-Steamed Clams? And the list goes on. There are many chicken recipes and a really interesting one is Three-Alarm Firecracker Chicken.
Vegetables, rice and noodle dishes are aplenty. Three-Minute Baby Bok Choy along with Toasted Sesame Greens, a Broccoli and Cauliflower Stir-Fry, and Ginger Sugar Snap Peas. Two interesting rice dishes: Coconut Rice and Carrot-Pineapple Rice. Several noodle dishes that include Spicy Soba Noodles, Yan Can Lo Mein, and Hakka Vegetarian Chow Fun add flavorful dishes to any meal.
Finally, desserts and drinks round out the meal. You will find Tropical Fruit with Lemon-Ginger Syrup, Coconut Custard, and Twin-Ginger Shortbread Cookies. Quench your thirst with Lemongrass Iced Tea or Ho Chi Mojito.
Making Martin Yan Quick & Easy complete is a table of equivalents and "quick & easy" meal suggestions. Martin Yan gives you tips throughout to have you cooking the perfect in-home, healthy meal.
What a find-healthy Asian food that you can prepare in 30 minutes or less. Martin Yan shows you how easy this is accomplished in Martin Yan Quick & Easy. You will benefit from all of his experience and knowledge. Well worth the $24.95!
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