Here is a savoury post, an Oriental food one, with a real hit of Umami (thank’s Cynthia!). I am a real fan of Ching-He Huang, and think her book China Modern is fabulous. She fuses recipes so very well. It’s not just the food I love though, I like the pretty fabrics and bowls and plates too with the beautiful Chinese patterns.
Here are three dishes from China Modern, firstly a restaurant staple – egg fried rice, I have tried many recipes for this in the past, trying to find just the taste I was looking for. This is it, and I can only think that it is present here because of the Char siu pork in it.
I made this dish, Char Siu pork with sweet honey-orange Sauce and Pak Choi a couple of weeks ago, and it was lovely. Then I came upon another recipe further along in the book for the same pork; but instead of making a separate sauce, the marinade ingredients are brought to a boil, and they provide a sauce that gives just the exact flavours that I crave when I long for Chinese food.
The recipe for the pork with the orange sauce is here, but just keep the marinade and bring it to a boil (to make sure there are no raw pork juices in the gravy) to give the pork in the first picture. Ching’s East – West plate, also involves some parsnips roasted with oil and thyme, red onion cooked in a bit of butter with seasoning and a spoon of brandy plus some brussel sprouts. This is seriously one of my very favourite meals that I have made at home, and the pork is so tender. You do need a few bottles to make the marinade, but there isn’t anything that a well stocked store cupboard wouldn’t have. Particularly if you tend to hoard things like me!
She has a new book out about more traditional Chinese dishes in the Summer Time, and I am looking forward to it so much. Though, expect another Ching-He post before then =)
Also I would like to say Thank You to Margaret of Kitchen Delights who ran a competition with Hotel Chocolat to win an Easter egg – and I entered and won =).Thank you also to the nice people at Hotel Chocolat, your egg is absolutely gorgeous!
Happy Easter everyone.