Sunday, February 3, 2013

Book Review - The Gluten-Free Asian Kitchen

What cook does not have a lot of cookbooks.  I rarely follow recipes but I like to read through them to get ideas.  If I am following a recipe exactly it is usually a baked good.

But when it came to making asian dumplings, pot-stickers, gyoza or whatever you want to call them I was failing.  I tried my own concoction and after they failed I tried some online recipes that I found and nothing worked well.

I got a gift for the holidays.  The Gluten-Free Asian Kitchen by Laura B. Russell.  You can find it on Amazon by clicking here.

This fills a great void in the GF cooking world.  I am lucky enough to have a great oriental restaurant that offers a great GF menu right down the street but for those that do not have that luxury you can now make everything at home.

The book covers sauces, skewers, noodle and rice dishes along with other entrees of meat, poultry and seafood.  The book is fun to read and just browse.   There are many pictures to help you choose what to make for dinner and she offers a "heads up" with each dish to help you out.

We tried her Thai Coconut Chicken Soup and it was good, not great.  Her Kung Pao Chicken looks and sounds great so that is next on my to-do list.

What I was really looking for was a great pot-sticker recipe, and I found it on page 58.  The flour combination is sweet rice, tapioca and millet and it was easy to make.  I rolled it out and cut out circles with a large round glass.

The filling is made with pork, scallions, soy sauce, sesame oil and ginger.  Add just a bit, too much and you won't be able to fold it and keep the good stuff in.

A bit of water, some pinching with your fingers and viola.

Into a hot pan to sear the bottom then add water, cover and steam.

These were delicious and I will be making them again.

Thanks Laura,

The Un-Gluten Guy

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