Review: “Real and Healthy Chinese Cooking” by Nicholas Zhou

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If you’ve been searching for information about how to improve your health and eat healthy and balanced food on a daily basis, then you’ve probably come across Nicholas Zhou’s name at least a few times. And, if you’re like me, you’ve probably wondered what the story is behind his best-selling cookbook on healthy eating on the Internet.

Well, here’s the truth: This cookbook is the real deal.

Listen, I’ll be the first to admit that I was hesitant when I first decided to buy “Real and Healthy Chinese Cooking.” But when I got in on my computer (only 3 minutes later!), I was literally blown away by what I had received.

The first thing I noticed about the cookbook was all the beautiful pictures taken by Nicholas. He spent 2 whole years to prepare and cook all the dishes in his book and take pictures for those dishes that deserve one for clarity or beauty. This really helps a lot since the pictures give you a clear idea how the dishes will look like, what ingredients you need, and even how long they should be cooked.

For example, I have been looking for the right recipe for “Stewed Beef Strips” for years but I could never get it right. In Nicholas Zhou’s book, I saw the picture and figured out (he also pointed out in the cooking directions) that the sauce should be poured over the beef on the plate instead of being stirred with the beef in the hot wok. So that’s the secret why the Stewed Beef Strips always tastes so good at Hunan House (my favorite Chinese restaurant in town).

You will also be delighted to see that Nicholas Zhou’s cookbook is not packed with thousands of free recipes that you can find anywhere on the Internet, which is the case for most cookbooks you can find out there. Instead, his book only contains low carb, low fat recipes that have been personally cooked and tested by him. He only included recipes that he considered authentic and healthy according to his 4 years of continuous reading, writing, cooking and research. But don’t worry! The cookbook stills contains over 500+ recipes, which will be far more than enough for you and your family for a lifetime.

And the best part is that you’ll get lifetime update for the cookbook. Nicholas promised that he will keep adding new recipes and cooking tips to his book on a daily basis and he will offer free download for the updated version whenever it’s available.

The cookbook contains the most famous Chinese recipes as well as all the secret recipes that couldn’t be found anywhere else. Most recipes are quick-and-easy style and perfect for people who have a fast-pace lifestyle — which have saved me TONS of time and money already.

But what impresses me most about the cookbook is just how authentic it is. I’ve a huge collection of over 30 Chinese cookbooks, and they all seem to focus on just ONE thing – Americanized Chinese recipes. For example, they usually ask you to add sugar to a spicy dish, or cheese to an appetizer dish, which is rarely the case for real Chinese cooking.

The “Real and Healthy Chinese Cooking” cookbook is almost like a bible of authentic and healthy Chinese cooking like its name indicates. I give this product my absolute highest recommendation.

The jiaozi is a Chinese dumpling which consists of meat and minced vegetables wrapped into a piece of dough. Popular meat fillings include shrimp, ground lamb, ground pork, ground beef, and even fish. Jiaozi are usually steamed or boiled. If they are fried, they are called potstickers. Compared to wontons, jiaozis have a thicker skin and are longer.

The baozi is another Chinese dumpling, made with a thick leavened bun, compared to the thin noodle-like skin of jiaozi.

Zongzi are a traditional Chinese food. Sticky rice is used to fill a parcel made from dried lotus or bamboo leaves. The parcels are steamed for several hours to cook the rice, and when unwrapped they retain their shape. The dumplings may be eaten plain with syrup, or the rice is flavoured with meat and vegetables or mashed beans before cooking.


Chinese Dumpling: Jiaozi

Chinese foods, Do It Yourself (DIY)

Chinese Dumpling: Baozi

Real Chinese Cooking

Chinese cuisine includes sweet dumplings. For example, baozi with sweet fillings, such as red bean or taro. Also commonly found are tang yuan. These are smaller dumplings made with rice flour and filled with very sweet sesame or peanut paste. There are also other kinds of dumplings such as Har Kao, Siew Mai, Small Dragon Bun, Pork Bun and Crystal Dumpling.

Jiaozi is the best food for family reunion in China. On Chinese New Year’s eve, the whole family will sit around the table and make Jiaozi together. In less than one hour, everyone will be enjoying dumplings.

Here are some Chinese dumpling recipes you can try with your family.


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