It was our turn to host our dinner club and we chose the cuisine of China. The cuisine is so varied – what should we cook? We decided to try some of our favorites. And, the best mixologist in Tampa put his personal touch to a truly fabulous lychee martini.
I have always judged a Chinese restaurant by their dumplings and hot and sour soup. After enjoying our appetizer and luscious soup, we progressed to Peking Duck made on our Weber grill. I made a pork, chicken, and shrimp fried rice, and a friend brought a delicious broccoli rabe and red pepper casserole in a light lemon sauce.
Dessert is a tricky thing when cooking Asian food. Often, fruit is what is served. I was going to attempt Eight Precious Pudding, but when I saw that it needed to be steamed I changed my mind. I have never used that method and I didn’t want to serve a glutinous mess to my guests. I decided to bake two types of cookies, an almond and a roasted peanut. Both turned out well and were enjoyed on the lanai with Chinese Green Tea. It was a lovely evening enjoying good friends and munching the tasty cookies. I will post the recipes in the next couple of days.