Easy Chinese Recipes | Review by Recipe Renovator
The second book from Tuttle that I’m reviewing this month is Easy Chinese Recipes by Bee Yinn Low. Low writes the wildly successful Rasa Malaysia blog, and the cookbook is a fantastic introduction to Chinese cooking. The large format of the book (9″ X 11″) allows for lots of step-by-step photographs, which is always helpful when learning a new cuisine.
Easy Chinese Recipes | Review by Recipe Renovator
Layout and design:
Low includes an introduction about her upbringing as a Chinese-Malaysian, watching her mother cook but not actually being allowed to do anything but help with prep, which meant she actually was a terrible cook when she had her first dinner party. She covers basic cooking techniques and tips (including tips I have never seen before), tools and utensils, and a section on Chinese ingredients I found illuminating. The recipes are presented in nine chapters: The Basics, Appetizers, Soups, Dim Sum & Dumplings, Beef & Pork, Poultry, Seafood, Vegetables Tofu & Eggs, Noodles & Rice, Desserts and Drinks.
Easy Chinese Recipes | Review by Recipe Renovator
The photography is lovely, and the step-by-step photographs are especially helpful.
Easy Chinese Recipes | Review by Recipe Renovator
You’ll find dishes popular on Chinese restaurant menus, such as egg rolls, egg drop soup, pot stickers, and Mongolian beef. You’ll also find interesting recipes like green onion pancakes, sweet corn and chicken soup, baked BBQ pork puffs, and black bean sauce clams.
Easy Chinese Recipes | Review by Recipe Renovator
What I liked about this book:
Low writes in an unpretentious, accessible style, and her friendly instructions give me confidence that I can make these recipes. The photography is appealing, and the wide variety of dishes would keep me cooking for weeks or months.

I wasn’t so keen on:
There is no nutritional analysis or coding of recipes, so you’d need to be very knowledgable if you have any dietary restrictions as I do.

Recommended for:
People looking to learn how to cook Chinese food, Asian food fans, families

Not recommended for:
Migraine sufferers, low-sodium diets, vegans, vegetarians (most recipes include meat, eggs, or seafood), gluten-free eaters

A note about my cookbook reviews: In the past, I tested at least three recipes from each book. Due to my dietary limitations (extremely-low-sodium for my Meniere’s Disease and trigger-free foods for migraine relief), it is no longer possible for me to test the recipes and do them justice.

Required FTC disclosure: I received one copy of this book from the publisher for the giveaway on September 26th.
Here’s the book if you want to see more: