Damn Good Chinese Food: Dumplings, Fried Rice, Bao Buns, Hot Cakes, Sesame Noodles, and Other Delicious Dim Sum--50 Recipes Inspired by Life i
August 17, 2021
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About the Author
Chris Cheung is a New York native and grew up in the heart of Chinatown. He was brought up around great Cantonese food, where he undoubtedly picked up his affinity for Chinese cuisine. Right out of school he started working for world-famous chefs like Jean Georges Vongerichten, Nobu Matsuhisa, and Masaharu Morimoto. Later, he became part of the opening kitchen staff at Jean-Georges, cooking alongside Wylie Dufresne and Didier Virot. Chef Cheung also had the privilege being Anthony Bourdain's guide to New York's Chinatowns on the hit show No Reservations and has competed on The Food Network's Beat Bobby Flay, Next Great Chef (against celebrity chef Sean Brock), and on Esquire's Knife Fight (where he won a cheap knife!). His inspiration for Chinese cooking took him to Shanghai where he prepared banquets in the country side farming and fishing villages. There he learned the nuances of Shanghai cuisine and was blown away by its farm-to-table and sea-to-table style of cooking. Currently, he is the chef and owner of East Wind Snack Shop, which has four locations in Brooklyn. Maneet Chauhan is a celebrity chef, author, and judge on the Food Network's hit show Chopped, and won the James Beard Award of Excellence winner. She has received glowing accolades from a vast array of media for her globally-inspired culinary acumen. The only Indian female to ever compete on Iron Chef and lauded by Bon Appétit, USA Today, Time, Esquire, Travel & Leisure, Gourmet, Town & Country, Business Week, and O Magazine, as well as garnering a stunning three-star review from the Chicago Tribune, Chef Chauhan is a celebrated chef who is an inspiration to many, and a force to be reckoned with. She authored the book Flavors of Our World in 2013 and her forthcoming book Chaat: The Best Recipes From the Kitchens, Markets, and Railways of India will publish in October of 2020.
Praise for Chris Cheung and East Wind Snack Shop: "A homage to the [Chinatown's] bygone working-class coffeehouses, run by immigrants who, like Mr. Cheung's grandparents, came from Taishan, in Guangdong Province." --The New York Times "The absolute best dumplings in New York." --New York Magazine "Brooklyn's best (Bao) buns." --Brooklyn Magazine "A skilled craftsman." --The Village Voice "A dumpling destination." --Grub Street "Stellar dumplings . . . The pork dumplings and dry-aged beef potstickers are certainly fantastic, but it's chef Chris Cheung's gwa bao-style bun, which places caramelized pork belly on top of the bun rather than inside of it, that has earned the most street cred among in-the-know diners." --Eater "Dumplings aren't just a lowbrow option for a quick bite--especially with a Nobu vet doing the steaming. That's the story behind East Wind Snack Shop, a brand new chopsticks spot in Windsor Terrace specializing in dumplings, buns and other quickly inhaled Chinese foods." --Gothamist