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Cooking from Hip Asian Comfort Food

Posted on June 9, 2011 in the Local Happenings, Updates category by Dennis Chan.
A few days ago, we were asked to cook a five course meal, inspired by our cookbook, Hip Asian Comfort Food.  Our guests wanted a knockout evening for some people who had never been to Blue Bamboo.  Here’s the menu that they chose:
Roasted Kabocha Squash Wonton and with Parmesan-Beef Wonton,
Pulled Duck and Shimeji Mushroom Risotto,Beef Wonton and Kabocha Squash Wonton
Brazilian Fried Chicken with no-meat Feijoada,
Vietnamese Wok Shaken Beef with Watercress,
Tres Litchis Cakeand Red Tres Litchis Cake.
The guests had chosen the items from flipping through Hip Asian Comfort Food.  Although all of these recipes are a part of our repertoire, honestly, I had forgotten how to make some of them.  I had to refer to the cookbook a few times just to make sure that the proportions of seasonings were just right.  When I wrote Hip Asian Comfort Food, I had hoped that if nothing else, readers would find the recipes inspiring and easy to follow.  That’s why we made sure there was an illustrated picture for every recipe.  It was refreshing to experience our cookbook from a reader’s standpoint.  I’m including pictures of the food that we cooked for the evening.  I enjoyed the evening so much that I am sure that we’ll cook from Hip Asian Comfort Food again real soon.   I’ll keep you posted.
Shimeji and Duck Risotto

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