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Dark Soy sauce or light? February 27, 2010

Filed under: Soy Sauce — livradley1013 @ 3:11 pm

I remember when the first time I saw “superior Dark” (also called lao chou 老抽) and “superior light” (also called sheng chou 生抽) soy sauce that I felt very confused. So, I asked my mother: “What’s different between Dark and light soy sauce?? How to use it?”

My mother basically said: superior dark soy sauce is for enhance the colour of food. It will make the colour of our dishes have more caramel kind of colour. We often add some dark soy sauce when we cook stew type of dishes in Chinese cooking. Normally, just use couple drops of dark soy sauce to enhance your dishes if you put too much dark soy sauce will cause your dishes looks too dark and damage the presentation.

“How about light soy sauce? How we use it for our dishes?” Well, normally we use light sauce for season our dishes, especially stir-fry, making chinese style salad, marinating and dipping. So, you must be careful  when you use light soy sauce for your dishes because light soy sauce taste very salty.

Do you feel more confident to choose soy sauce yourself in Chinese supermarket now? I hope this article can help you in somehow.

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Liv Wan’s Chinese cooking class! February 25, 2010

Filed under: Chinese cooking class — livradley1013 @ 12:43 am

This is my first blog on wordpress for my Chinese cooking class. I’m an experienced chef who is married to a lovely English man and currently settled in Edinburgh.

I’ve always had a passion for cooking and I’ve learnt so many amazing Chinese foods from my grandmother (she is originally from Guangdong), grandfather (he is originally from Sichuan) and my mother.

I was born and grew up in Taipei, Taiwan and I also lived in Shanghai for one year. I’ve been surrounded by Chinese and Taiwanese food all my life and I studied in one of the top 100 hospitality colleges in the world. My teacher in college was two times cooking Olympics champion.

I will teach you how to cook proper Chinese/Taiwanese food, how to choose the ingredients and different sauces in the chinese supermarket. I can even teach you some Chinese language as I’m completely fluent in both traditional Chinese and simplified Chinese. I ensure you will get more than what you paid for and my class is worth every penny !

Why don’t you join me to explore different Chinese foods?! I will teach you until you can cook a Chinese meal at home for your friends and family. Don’t be afraid if you think you only have a little experience in cooking or none at all. I’ll be very patient to teach you until you fully understand. Please do not hesitate to contact me.

You contact me about fee, class schedules and all kind of information at the following email addresses:

eggwan1013@hotmail.com

livradley1013@yahoo.com