A Taste of China: Cantonese Cuisine with Paul Young
Here are all the recipes from our recent Taste of China class with instructor Paul Young! In the West, if you're thinking "Chinese food", you're probably talking about Cantonese cuisine. Known as the most popular style of Chinese cooking outside of China, Cantonese cooking traditions are diverse and emphasize the natural flavors of the ingredients. In these recipes, you'll deconstruct the flavor principles of some popular Cantonese dishes.
The menu includes:
- Garlic Ginger Sauce
- Wonton Noodle Soup
- Soy Sauce Chicken
- Stir-fried Water Spinach (Ong Choy)
- Cantonese Fried Rice
Paul Young is a self-taught cook, educator and graphic designer with over 30 years of experience in the marketing communications industry. His favorite pastime is trying new dishes in restaurants and then attempting to recreate them at home. He's a curious foodie and an adventurous international culinary explorer who has traveled to 25 different countries (so far). He has also been a regular contributor to Smile Politely since 2007.
Makes about 3 cups
- Saute garlic in olive oil briefly (approximately 2 minutes).
- Turn off the heat and stir in all the other ingredients.
- Sitr well before using.
- Can be stored in the refrigerator for weeks.
- Defrost frozen wonton wrappers overnight in refrigerator.
- Make the filling: add the minced green onions, pork, soy sauce, rice wine, agave nectar, sesame oil, garlic, ginger, black pepper, and cornstarch to a bowl. Mix well by hand.
- Mix in the chopped shrimp.
- Make the wontons (see video): take a wrapper, add about a teaspoon of filling; use your finger to coat the edges with water (this helps the two sides seal together), fold in half so you have a triangle shape; bring together the two outer corners, and press to seal; repeat until you've used up the filling (this recipe should make about 30 wontons).
- Cook the noodles: bring a large pot of water to a boil, add noodles and stir constantly until al dente; rinse under cold water, then set aside in a bowl of cold water.
- Make the soup: in a large pot, saute shiitake mushrooms in olive oil until soft (about 5 minutes); add white parts of the green onions and continue sauteeing until wilted (approximately 3 more minutes).
- Add the garlic and saute briefly (approximately 1 minute).
- Add the water to make about 6 cups of broth.
- Add the chicken base, ginger, and fish sauce.
- Bring the pot to boil, then add the wontons and the white parts of the bok choy.
- Bring the pot to boil again and simmer for 5 minutes (or until wontons float).
- Add green bok choy leaves, sesame oil, and salt to taste.
- To serve: add noodles to a serving bowl, ladle in soup with veggies and wontons, and garnish with green parts of green onion.
- Mix marinade ingredients in a bowl (make sure the sugar is dissolved).
- Cut up chicken (if needed), and add to a gallon-size resealable plastic bag.
- Pour marinade over chicken in bag, seal bag while pressing out excess air then rub marinade over chicken. Let it rest in the refrigerator overnight.
- Transfer chicken and marinade to a small pan, cover and bring marinade to a boil.
- Turn down heat and simmer for 25 minutes.
- Turn off heat and let rest for 10 minutes.
- Transfer chicken to a large platter.
- Thicken leftover marinade to make a sauce; boil marinade, slowly stir in cornstarch slurry until sauce thickens to your liking (you do not have to use the entire 1/2 cup of cornstarch slurry).
- Pour ample sauce over chicken and garnish with green onions.
- Saute garlic in oil for about 1 minute.
- Add ong choy, stir fry about 1 minute.
- Add water, cover pan, let steam for about 2 minutes.
- Add salt to taste.
- Serve immediately.
*Note: This simple recipe can also be adapted for virtually any type of Asian green.
- Combine rice, water and salt: cook in rice cooker per manufacturer's instructions.
- Melt butter in wok, then add the eggs stirring occasionally until scrambled.
- Remove scrambled eggs and set aside.
- Bring wok temperature back up, and add olive oil.
- Saute white parts of green onion in wok (about 3 minutes).
- Add Chinese Five Spice, ham, and veggies; stir fry until soft.
- Stir in Garlic Ginger Sauce and bring temperature back up.
- Turn off heat, then add the rice, remaining green onions, and scrambled eggs. Stir gently until combined.
- Adjust the seasoning, if needed.