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February 2016 COTM Reporting Thread: PHOENIX CLAWS and JADE TREES by Kian Lam Kho

herby | Jan 31, 201605:38 PM     43

We have chosen an intriguing cookbook to cook from in February. This is what amazon.com has to say:
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.

Please use this thread for general discussion of the book, ingredients, etc. and use the reporting threads below to report on the recipes:

To report on:
Chapter 4: Basic Ingredient Preparation p. 67-84
Chapter 5: Chinese Stocks p. 85-92
Go to: http://www.chowhound.com/post/februar...

To report on:
Chapter 6: Harnessing the Breadth of Wok p. 93-132
Chapter 7: Explosion of Wok p. 133-142
Chapter 8: Dipping in Oil p. 143-164
Chapter 9: Flavoring with Sauces p. 165-186
Go to: http://www.chowhound.com/post/februar...

To report on:
Chapter 10: The Virtues of Slow Cooking p. 187-230
Chapter 11: The Intricacy of Boiling p. 231-250
Chapter 12: The Power of Steam p. 251-270
Go to: http://www.chowhound.com/post/februar...

To report on:
Chapter 13: The Making of Hearty Soup p. 271-292
Chapter 14: Playing with Fire p. 293-316
Chapter 15: Enriching with Smoke p. 317-324
Go to: http://www.chowhound.com/post/februar...

To report on:
Chapter 16: Appertising Cold Dishes p. 325-346
Chapter 17: Sweet but not Dessert p. 347-357
Go to: http://www.chowhound.com/post/februar...

To learn how we arrived at this month's selection, visit nominations thread: http://www.chowhound.com/post/cotm-fe...

and voting thread: http://www.chowhound.com/post/cotm-fe...

For more information about COTM and previous selections, please visit COTM archive:
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P.S. This is my last post as COTM co-ordination. Thank you all for your support, participation, "hearts" and warm comments during this turbulent term! Happy cooking :))

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