Double Awesome Chinese Food: Irresistible and Totally Achievable Recipes from Our Chinese-American Kitchen (Hardcover)
I guarantee this cookbook will excite your senses. The authors (sibling co-owners of a wildly successful restaurant in Boston) haven’t seen their fame fully spread to the West—yet. Get in on the ground floor, relish in the surprising flavor combos (scallion pancakes with cheddar cheese?), and honor their positive business practices (like profit-sharing for everyone from dishwashers to senior managers) all while getting inspired by Fried Rice with Pickled Cranberries and Honey Scallion Goat Cheese (p. 122), the aforementioned scallion pancake egg sandwich with cheddar cheese, called the “Double Awesome” (p. 77), and Red Curry Frito Pie (p. 138). Snacky, unexpected, delicious—an excellent entry to cooking Chinese food, or a new take on traditional Chinese flavors.— Bethany Strout, Director of Buying
Wildly inventive Chinese-American home cooking from the siblings behind Boston’s acclaimed Mei Mei restaurant.
Too intimidated to cook Chinese food at home but crave those punchy flavors? Not anymore. Put down that takeout kung pao chicken and get in the kitchen! Full of irresistible recipes that marry traditional Asian ingredients with comforting American classics and seasonal ingredients, Double Awesome Chinese Food delivers the goods. The three fun-loving Chinese-American siblings behind the acclaimed restaurant Mei Mei take the fear factor out of cooking this complex cuisine, infusing it with creativity, playfulness, and ease.
Take the Double Awesome: flaky scallion pancakes stuffed with two oozy eggs, sharp cheddar, and garlicky pesto; could there be anything better? Ridiculously delicious and unexpected dishes like Cranberry Sweet and Sour Stir-fried Pork and Red Curry Frito Pie will become new staples for your cooking lineup. Throw a hands-on dumpling-making party and let your friends decide whether to serve them chewy and pan-seared or crackly and deep-fried. Packed with pro-cooking tips, sauces to amp up any meal, sustainable sourcing advice, and over 100 delicious recipes, this book is your ticket to making the Chinese food of your dreams any night of the week.
About the Author
Margaret, Irene, and Andrew Li are the sibling co-owners of a food truck and restaurant in Boston, Massachusetts. Their food truck, Mei Mei Street Kitchen, opened in 2012 and was soon awarded Boston's Best Meals on Wheels by Boston Magazine. Their brick-and-mortar restaurant opened in late 2013 and was named Eater Boston's Restaurant of the Year.
Margaret (aka Mei) currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband and daughter and an ever-growing collection of cookbooks and board games.
Irene is a four-time James Beard Rising Star Chef semi-finalist who loves rescue dogs and hip-hop dance videos. She lives in Boston with her husband.
Andrew enjoys grilling, binge reading science fiction novels, and visiting every bouncy house in Greater Boston with his son, Jackson.
“The Mei Mei trio have nailed the easiest and best aspects of what it means to cook Chinese food at home. From sides and sauces to crucial building blocks like stocks and chile pastes. This book is the true bridge from the cuisine of our Chinese grandparents to the way people are eating today; it’s the next wave of true Chinese American food. Double Awesome Chinese Food is traditional, honest, and authentic while at the same time blowing up our conventional definitions of Chinese cooking.”—Andrew Zimmern
“The food in this book is unique and as filled with personality as it is with flavor, as inventive as it is familiar and comforting. You’ll come away from this book wanting to jump into the kitchen. These authors have that one innate quality that all great chefs share: they know what delicious is, and more importantly, they know that delicious doesn’t have to be fussy or fancy.”—J. Kenji López-Alt, author of The Food Lab, Chief Culinary Consultant at Serious Eats, and Chef at Wursthall
“Double Awesome Chinese Food is chock-full of inspiring stories and fabulous recipes. Reading it brings me the same sense of joy as going into Mei Mei—I’m excited, and I know I’m going to stuff my face with amazing food. Kudos!”—Joanne Chang, author of Flour and Myers+Chang at Home