The Vibrant Hong Kong Table: 88 Iconic Vegan Recipes from Dim Sum to Late-Night Snacks

Chronicle. Sept. 2024. 288p. ISBN 9781797219912. $32.50. COOKING
Mouthwatering recipes meet city and family history in this wonderful vegan cookbook that details the rich history of Hong Kong from sleepy harbor to culinary powerhouse. Divided into four chapters, the recipes are as delicious as they are diverse: “egg” tarts that use coconut milk, sweet potato, and tofu for the custard; “Swiss” style mushroom wings (with a note for using burdock root or lemongrass as a stand-in bone; Lunar New Year dumplings; Hong Kong sweet buns; curry “fishballs”; and, of course, HK Milk Tea. Additionally, Wong does an incredible job of laying out the unique place that dim sum, Hong Kong “diners” (cha chaan teng), and tea shops hold within Hong Kong culture, while also talking through the traditional ingredients, spices, and sauces that are found in the cuisine. Included as well are staple cooking utensils, food preparations, and techniques. Sample meals, stock lists, resources, and a bibliography round out this excellent guide.
VERDICT Wonderfully designed and illustrated, this is a delightful culinary tour, offering creative vegan twists on traditional Hong Kong foods that readers will be excited to devour.
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