Pamm’s recent visit to her daughter Lisa’s family living in Hong Kong prompted a China night, nudging us just a little out of our cuisine comfort zones, with excellent results!
The special feature of the night was a Peking Duck (from a local Asian market), which we tried our hand at artfully carving after watching a master Asian carver do it on a video. He was so much better at it than we were. It LOOKED easy…
The table-scape was simple, featuring bamboo mats and a simple bowl of clementines. Each of us received a colorful sleeve of chopsticks to take home (and of course there were NO forks on the table!). Tips from Lisa made our state-side Chinese dinner procedure as authentic as we could feasibly do it, without a round table and lazy susan and a team of chefs serving us.
We all agreed that Chinese cooking is deceptively simple: not that many ingredients, but LOTS of prep work to do!
Here is our menu and recipes (hyperlinked as they become available):
- Chinese Dumplings – amy (Chinese dumplings) – Amy (recipe from an Asian friend!)
- Peking Duck (from a local Asian Market) – Pamm
- Shrimp with Snow Peas – Wendy
- Fried Rice – Susan
- Cantonese Fried Noodles and Pork Chow Mein – Pamm
- Baby Bok Choy with bacon – Cindi
- Coconut Ice Cream and Almond Cookies – Mary
Keri had to miss this one — enjoying Hilton Head with her girls.