Review: Chinese Food Made Easy

I finally got a little more quality time with the Cooking Channel so I am attempting to review several of the shows I have not seen.  This time around Chinese Food Made Easy.

Chinese Food Made EasyCookbook author and host Chin-He Huang is a delightful guide through the world of traditional Chinese flavors.  Unfortunately very few Americans have ever tasted real Chinese food as most of the things found on the buffets are actually American food with Chinese flavors, not the same thing.  Huang does a wonderful job of explaining the nuances of Chinese cuisine.

Chin-He artfully explains the flavor profiles of the diverse and sometimes peculiar ingredients common to the cuisine.  Her style is polished without being pretentious and she makes her food seem approachable.  Her mastery of the wok is a pleasure to watch.  Wok cooking is both simple and complex.  I can have you churning out tasty stir-fry in just one 30 minute lesson but it takes years to actually perfect the style.

On the particular episode I watched entitled “Family and Friends” Chin-He packed a ton of show into just a small window of time.  At one point she visited a farm specializing in Chinese vegetables only to find out the owner of the farm had never tasted anything he has grown.  His first taste of his produce came in the form of a hot and cold salad.

The final segment she was showing a friend a few recipes in anticipation of some old friends dropping by for a visit.  During the segment the old friends arrive only to be Chin-He’s parents who had been away in Taiwan for months.  Huang broke into tears at the happy reunion.  Then came another knock at the door and in walked Chin-He’s brother and his wife all the way from Saigon.  It was very touching as homecomings often are.

Chinese Food Made Easy is another of the Cooking Channel’s BBC imports.  Though I am not fond of Cooking Channel outsourcing their programming when there are ample wannabe TV chefs right here in America dying to share knowledge in an original way but I have to admit that most of the shows they have aired are pretty good.  File Chinese Food Made Easy into that category.  One thing I wish Cooking Channel would do with these imports is start subtitling the measurements.  The metric system is never going to catch on here.

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Stuart is a celebrity chef, food activist and award-winning food writer. He penned the cookbooks Third Coast Cuisine: Recipes of the Gulf of Mexico, No Sides Needed: 34 Recipes To Simplify Life and Amigeauxs - Mexican/Creole Fusion Cuisine. He hosts two Internet cooking shows "Everyday Gourmet" and "Little Grill Big Flavor." His recipes have been featured in Current, Lagniappe, Southern Tailgater, The Kitchen Hotline and on the Cooking Channel.

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