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Chinese Cooking - Barbara Tropp

Sondra's picture

Last week I asked for feedback on Nina Simonds books, and appreciate the responses.  I will order Spices of Life first, I think, but not just yet.


In the research process, I read numerous previous threads here on Barbara Tropp's books.  And with all the glowing comments, decided I had to start with Barbara's books.  Ordered China Moon and the Art of Chinese Cooking yesterday. 


Can't wait to get them.  I understand that there are prep steps to recipes, like sauces and oils, etc., that one needs to make prior to starting recipes. 


Any suggestions on which order to start the prep process??  Broths?  Oils?   Suggestions for favorite recipes or techniques?

plantlust's picture

(post #62722, reply #1 of 14)

Don't like coffee but her Cappucino Coins are flavourful & hold up to shipping very well.

DEATH to garlic mustard!!!

Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy and taste good with parsley sauce, goat cheese garlic mashed potatoes, Galena Cellars Niagra grape wine & Pie Boss's apple crumble topped with Ruth & Phil's sour cream/cinnamon ice cream.

Sondra's picture

(post #62722, reply #2 of 14)

That's interesting.  Not what I think about re Chinese cooking, but I'll have to try them.  Thanks.

dicus's picture

(post #62722, reply #9 of 14)

garlic mustard eh. I was at Black Hand Gorge east of Columbus this weekend and the amount of garlic mustard was unbelievable.

Adele's picture

(post #62722, reply #3 of 14)

I keep her pickled ginger, 5 spice oil, lemon or orange oil & something else I can't remember on hand all the time.  I use them for dishes not found in her books too.  I only make her chicken stock, even adapt it to duck when I have that.  (As opposed to other recipes for chickn stock)


Read through the recipes, find the ones you like and go from there.  I love her books.


But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

Wolvie's picture

(post #62722, reply #4 of 14)

you have to try Tom Douglas's red wine duck stock. WOW.


agree with all the China Moon oils and such - not a loser in the bunch.


 No mans error becomes his own Law; nor obliges him to persist in it


THOMAS HOBBES, Leviathan, part 2, p. 237 (1950).

 

Aberwacky's picture

(post #62722, reply #5 of 14)

I want to make the oils, but am having a hard time finding some ingredients.  Well, okay, one ingredient.


I haven't tried the bigger Asian store in Little Rock yet, but neither of the ladies that operate Asian groceries near the airbase on the way home knew what I was talking about when I asked for fermented black beans.  Those do cater more to the Japanese and Korean wives of the airmen, though, rather than to a Chinese population.


Next time I'm near the other store I'll check it out.  Sam's Oriental Store carries more Chinese ingredients, and Sam and his wife are from Hong Kong (I think), so I'll probably have more luck there.


Leigh


 


 


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Heather's picture

(post #62722, reply #6 of 14)

Sometimes they are called Salted Black Beans. I always transfer them to another container and keep them in the fridge so I can't tell you what mine were called.

Wolvie's picture

(post #62722, reply #7 of 14)

ming.com used to have them. reasonable shipping and price, too. :-)


edited to say: just checked, he still has them.



 No mans error becomes his own Law; nor obliges him to persist in it


THOMAS HOBBES, Leviathan, part 2, p. 237 (1950).


Edited 5/9/2006 11:38 am ET by Wolvie

 

Aberwacky's picture

(post #62722, reply #8 of 14)

Thanks to both of you: Heather and Wolvie.  I'll call and ask for "salted beans" and if they don't have that, order from Ming's.


Leigh


 


I am a domestic goddess!  I deserve three ovens (and two dishwashers)! I am a domestic goddess!  I deserve three ovens (and two dishwashers)! I am a domestic goddess!  I deserve three ovens (and two dishwashers). . .

"Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them." 
-Leo Tolstoy
Gretchen's picture

(post #62722, reply #10 of 14)

Be glad to send you some--less shipping!

Gretchen

Gretchen
Aberwacky's picture

(post #62722, reply #11 of 14)

That would be great!  I'll email you my snail-mail address.  Just let me know how much $ to send you!


Leigh


 


I am a domestic goddess!  I deserve three ovens (and two dishwashers)! I am a domestic goddess!  I deserve three ovens (and two dishwashers)! I am a domestic goddess!  I deserve three ovens (and two dishwashers). . .

"Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them." 
-Leo Tolstoy
Sondra's picture

(post #62722, reply #12 of 14)

I received both books today, and I can tell it will take me longer to work through The Moden Art , so I'll digest it slowly.  But, holy cow, I want to tear into China Moon right this minute.  So many incredibly appetizing recipes.  And so doable.  I do intend to start with the oils first, though and will start some tomorrow. 

Adele's picture

(post #62722, reply #13 of 14)

To tell you the truth, I only looked through The Modern Art, never made anything from it.  I'm on my second China Moon though.  LOL 

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

Astrid's picture

(post #62722, reply #14 of 14)

The ginger ice cream is delicious, made with fresh ginger. Good summer time stuff.

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