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Gok Cooks Chinese - the best written Chinese cook book we have read
Gok Cooks Chinese
Member Name: chrisc92
Gok Cooks Chinese
Advantages: Well written, good quality photos and delicious food
Disadvantages: The cost of making the dishes!
It came as a surprise to me and my wife Sue when we learned that Gok was about to start a new tv series on Channel Four - that wasn't about dress design or style. Yes, it was a different side of Gok and one that after watching the first few programmes was one Sue and I would like to see a lot more of. This was a revelation seeing just how skilful Gok is at cooking Chinese food that he had learnt predominantly through working at his parents takeaway and quite regularly they are featured in his programmes (and in the book).
I remember quite well when Gok Cooks Chinese was released as it was announced at the end of the programme with only 4 episodes remaining in the series. It was published on 10th May 2012 and was only a few weeks later when Sue bought it through Amazon for £8.86 (free shipping) despite having a recommended selling price of £20. It was a surprise to me that she had ordered the book because I was intent on buying it for her as a birthday present as she loves reading cookery books.
By far the recipe that we come back to most often is Poppa Wan's show-stopping twice-cooked melting pork which you just have to try because it is delicious.
Gok Cooks Chinese contains 240 pages of which 5 pages are index and 18 pages of introduction (including list of essential ingredients and equipment). There are lots of good quality photos throughout the book some of which detail how to cook or chop ingredients.
Gok's contents page is written in the form of a menu:
Chinese Takeaway Classics - spicy Sichuan chicken, prawn chow mein, Poppa Wan's honey-glazed char siu pork
Chinese Sunday Roast - Poppa Wan's amazing pork ribs, dim sum
Favourite Family Wan Dishes - dragon scallops with burning oil sauce, Poppa Wan's simple soy-glazed chicken
Chinese Classics - choi sum in oyster sauce, perfect plum sauce, happiness in a bowl
Street Food - spring rolls, Vietnamese style Summer rolls filled with pork
Feasting - luxurious lobster noodles, stunning stir-fried Chinese mushrooms
One-Pot Wonders - Dad's drunken chicken, braised beef short rib
Modern Dishes - roasted crispy pork belly, salt and pepper pork chops
In total the book contains 82 recipes some of which we have tried and some which so far require too many ingredients to try! Our favourite recipe in fact uses half a bottle of sherry, star anise, ginger, garlic, spring onions, soy sauce, 3lb of belly pork, honey and a fresh red chilli. Recipes are written in easy step by step instructions.
This is an entertaining read and is still on sale (new) through Amazon for £8.86 in hardback or with Prestige Wok for £35.99. At current price this is certainly worth considering with Christmas looming! I have seen many Chinese cooking programmes on tv and his series and accompanying book are probably the best ones we have seen.
Summary: Gok Cooks Chinese is a great read and produces tasty dishes - at a price!
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