Mooncakes and Milk Bread: Sweet and Savory Recipes Inspired by Chinese Bakeries

Harper Horizon. Oct. 2021. 304p. ISBN 9780785238997. $29.95. COOKING
This vibrant cookbook by food blogger Cho (Eat Cho Food) draws inspiration from the diverse range of steamed, baked, and fried treats on offer at Chinese bakeries. Cho offers classics such as egg tarts, Chinese sponge cake, and BBQ pork buns, alongside her own innovations (Asian Pear Turnovers with Miso Glaze; Everything Bagel Bao). Mooncakes are treated with particular fondness; Cho’s recipes for these holiday favorites span a range of styles and flavors (including Cho’s inventive “ice cream sandwich” mooncakes). Cho also presents an appealing selection of (mostly savory) breakfast options, such as Hong Kong–style French toast and bacon and kale pot-stickers. Most recipes rely on ingredients easily sourced at American grocery stores, and Cho’s clear instructions and step-by-step photos guide readers through processes of rolling and shaping dough. The majority of the recipes are appropriate for bakers of most levels, but familiarity with yeast dough is helpful.
VERDICT Cho offers an authoritative and delectable treasure trove of recipes for Chinese bakery treats, which generally get little attention in American cookbooks. Highly recommended for all home bakers and anyone who enjoys Chinese food.
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