Blasta Books #4: Wok

by Kwanghi Chan

Born in Hong Kong but raised in Buncrana, County Donegal, Kwanghi Chan says that his food isn’t fully authentically Chinese, but neither is he. His book, Wok, is the first Irish-Chinese cookbook to be published. The recipes include some of Kwanghi’s favourite meals that he grew up with that kept him in touch with his Asian heritage and the food that he cooks at home now with his family. You’ll also find some of the fusion flavours that Kwanghi loves as well as dishes influenced by his travels to Asia, from the flavours of the street food vendors to refined three-star Cantonese dishes. Broken down into nine sections – dumplings, street food, rice, beef, pork, chicken, seafood, vegetarian and sweet – with three recipes in each section, Kwanghi is sharing his fusion Asian food with a wider Irish audience.

"Kwanghi Chan cooks the best Sichuan-style aubergines you can eat. He also cooks the best soy-braised five-spice chicken you can eat. Recipes for both of those dishes are in his debut book, Wok, and we can’t think of two better reasons as to why you need – need – to have a copy of Wok in your kitchen. Thing is, though, that there is so much more in Wok, and we don’t just mean the stupendous recipes. Wok is a story of profound personal resilience and determination, framed in the context of great food. It’s the story of a child of divorce who remade himself in a strange country, and who has made himself one of those rare talents known today by his mononym: Kwanghi. You will cook the chicken and the aubergines, and everything else in Wok. And Kwanghi’s story will touch your heart." - John and Sally McKenna, McKennas' Guides

  • ISBN: 9781999379933
  • Format: Hardcover, 72 pages
  • Dimensions: 21.7 x 1.2 x 15.4 cm
  • Publication date: 3 November 2022

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    About the author

    Born in Hong Kong, Kwanghi Chan moved to Buncrana, County Donegal when he was eight years old. Kwanghi trained in traditional Chinese cooking in the family restaurant and takeaway, then studied at the Killybegs Culinary College. He has worked in Michelin-starred kitchens, his own street food truck and everything in between. All the skills and lessons that Kwanghi learned have been applied to his own burgeoning culinary empire: first Bowls, then the East by Kwanghi Chan range of food products and now Bites by Kwanghi. Kwanghi also works as an ambassador with Bord Bia, Kenwood UK, Big Green Egg and Meade Farm Irish Potato Starch. A regular guest chef on Virgin Media TV’s Six O’Clock Show and winner of RTÉ’s Battle of the Food Trucks in 2021, Kwanghi’s unique Irish-Chinese culinary style and affable personality make him one of the leaders of the Irish food scene.

    Instagram: @kwanghic
    Twitter: @kwanghi_

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