Phoenix Claws and Jade Trees: Essential Techniques of Authentic Chinese Cooking (Hardcover)

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By Kian Lam Kho, Jody Horton (Photographer)

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Traditional Chinese cookery has been in need of a new bible for some time. This new tome is destined to become essential in the home cook’s arsenal: sumptuous, lovely and thorough, Phoenix Claws is a foundational course in Chinese technique. (Camden)



Create nuanced, complex, authentic Chinese flavors at home by learning the cuisine's fundamental techniques with more than 150 recipes.

Phoenix Claws and Jade Trees offers a unique introduction to Chinese home cooking, demystifying it by focusing on its basic cooking methods. In outlining the differences among various techniques--such as pan-frying, oil steeping, and yin-yang frying--and instructing which one is best for particular ingredients and end results, culinary expert Kian Lam Kho provides a practical, intuitive window into this unique cuisine. Once one learns how to dry stir-fry chicken, one can then confidently apply the technique to tofu, shrimp, and any number of ingredients.

Accompanied by more than 200 photographs, including helpful step-by-step images, the 158 recipes range from simple, such as Spicy Lotus Root Salad or Red Cooked Pork, to slightly more involved, including authentic General Tso's Chicken or Pork Shank Soup with Winter Bamboo. But the true brilliance behind this innovative book lies in the way it teaches the soul of Chinese cooking, enabling home cooks to master this diverse, alluring cuisine and then to re-create any tempting dish they encounter or can imagine.

About the Author

KIAN LAM KHO is a chef, culinary instructor, restaurant consultant, and the James Beard Award-nominated blogger behind He has taught at the Institute of Culinary Education and Brooklyn Kitchen. He lives in New York City.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780385344685
ISBN-10: 0385344686
Publisher: Clarkson Potter Publishers
Publication Date: September 29th, 2015
Pages: 368
Language: English