Can Chinese Food be Creative?

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( — April 20, 2014) Scottsdale, AZ — Some of the greatest chefs in the world have been trained in Hong Kong and other regions of China as a result of the fact that many chefs have migrated to different parts of the world.  Chan Yan-tak earned three Michelin stars as the teenage phenom who went to work in Hong Kong for the Lung King Heen restaurant in the Four Seasons hotel there. 

Peter Chang, who was born in Hubei Province was renowned for his Szechuan cooking where he became the chef at the Chinese Embassy in Washington D.C.

Cecelia Chiang, the famous Shanghainese chef who founded and managed the Mandarin Restaurant in San Francisco and whose son Phillip,  started the famous chain, P.F. Changs.

These are only a small handful of some amazing Chinese food talents that have emerged as creative and innovative minds in the kitchen.  Having been taught in the traditional kitchens of China, they found their calling and forged ahead in the world to be able to take their traditional culinary talents and blend their newly found influences to create some unique and interesting flavors. 

A prime example of this came about in Hong Kong when mayonnaise was introduced to walnut and honey blends where shrimp was served.  Such a concoction from the traditional Chinese cooking would never have taken place.  Now, this dish is regarded as a delicacy and resides in primarily top end restaurants. 

Salt and pepper or “ju yim” is the combination of sea salt, jalapeno peppers, green onions, and cilantro are finely sautéed and served with a number of different seafood types like scallops, shrimp, calamari, and even vegetables.  This dish has spawned some variations never seen before yet came from a traditional recipe that is found in most traditional Cantonese establishments. 

The staple of starch, fried rice has been the proving ground for combination mixes that allow for many different recipe blends.  Asparagus with rice, ham, eggplant have been seen with some outstanding flavors outside of the staid pork fried rice, chicken fried rice, and the like. 

For more Chinese recipe ideas, come and visit Jade Palace in Scottsdale, AZ at: 23623 North Scottsdale Road   Scottsdale, AZ 85255  (480) 585-6630/  9160 East Shea Boulevard  Scottsdale, AZ 85260  (480) 391-0607    



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