This post isn’t really about the recipes, more about how you can structure a Chinese meal for a group of people with a variety of dishes.However, all of these dishes are taken from or inspired by Fuchsia Dunlop’s excellent “Every Grain Of Rice“, apart from the spring rolls.
I wouldn’t call it a banquet, because that is far too grand a term but feast seems like a happy compromise. There is a lot of work involved in cooking any Chinese meal that stretches beyond a simple stir-fry with some noodles or rice. One of the most important aspects is the planning. You need to think about what you are going to cook and get all the preparation done before you even consider actually turning the gas or electric on. Because of the nature of many Chinese dishes, there can be a lot of last minute action on the hob, so it is a good idea to have at least one dish that is a slow cooked affair, ideally one you can pop in the oven to finish cooking, and red-braised pork is perfect for this. It just happens to be one of my favourites, too. Continue reading