Damn Good Chinese Food Review

Damn Good Chinese Food: Dumplings, Egg Rolls, Bao Buns, Sesame Noodles, Roast Duck, Fried Rice, and More—50 Recipes Inspired by Life in Chinatown

By Chris Cheung,  Maneet Chauhan (Foreword)

I received a free copy of Damn Good Chinese Food from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinions.

From acclaimed chef Chris Cheung comes a cookbook inspired by growing up in New York’s Chinatownwith a foreword by Maneet Chauhan, celebrity chef, author, and judge on The Food Network’s Chopped

There is a particular region in today’s renaissance of Chinese cooking that is often overlooked: the food of Chinatown.

Like many of his predecessors, chef Chris Cheung was inspired by the place where he grew up, lived, worked, and ate. From take-out orders at tiny hole-in-the wall teahouses to the lush green vegetables piled high at the markets, celebration dinners at colossal banquet halls to authentic home-cooked meals, Chinatown’s culinary treasures and culture laid the groundwork for his career as a chef and serve as the creative force behind this book.

In addition to learning the technique to make his widely revered dumplings, this cookbook includes fifty mouth-watering dishes that pay homage to the cooking traditions of Chinatown and celebrate this remarkable, resilient neighborhood. Cheung shares his thoughtful tour de force takes on timeless Chinese classics like potstickers, spring rolls, wonton soup, General Tso’s chicken, beef and broccoli, scallion pancakes, har gow (shrimp dumplings), chicken chow mein, salt-and-pepper shrimp, lobster Cantonese, egg cakes, congee, and dozens of other delicious, authentic recipes perfect for cooks of all skill levels.

Through personal insights, stories, and recipes, the author walks you through the markets, restaurants, and streets, providing a stunning portrait of this important cuisine and its countless contributions to American culture.

Summary from Goodreads.

In Damn Good Chinese Food you get exactly what the title of the book says. Damn Good Chinese Food. Whether you regularly cook Chinese or are looking to try a few dishes, each recipe included provides easy instruction and some background of the dish to help you understand its roots and why it is prepared the way that it is.

Damn Good Chinese Food is split up into several different sections. Not every section is purely about different recipes. One of the sections that is worth mentioning is about cooking tools and equipment. Having an understand of what is used for Chinese cooking and why will be of great benefit to anyone who cooks Chinese cuisine.

Some of the sections that include recipes are about: Chasing the Perfect Dumpling, Fish and Seafood, Meat and Poultry, and Sweets. While you are all-but guaranteed to find recipes that you have yet to make, each recipes history and how to prepare it is explained in great detail.

I would highly recommend Damn Good Chinese Cooking to anyone interested in Chinese cuisine and is interested why it is made the way that it is.


Have you read Damn Good Chinese Food? What did you think? Let me know in the comments.

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