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FRIDAY, 27 FEBRUARY 2015

Gong xi fa cai

I hope you are all enjoying your Chinese New Year celebrations. Whether you enjoyed the Chinatown parade with its spectacular fireworks or are looking forward to the Lantern Festival, marking the last day of the lunar calendar, we still have until the 5th March to enjoy all the festivities!

I thought you may like to see how I have been celebrating Chinese New Year. It has been extremely busy but hugely enjoyable time. I am so proud and passionate about Chinese traditions and I love to be able to share this with you all.

HARVEY NICHOLS
I was extremely excited to be working exclusively with Harvey Nichols to curate their Chinese New Year menu.





The chefs at all the Harvey Nichols store across the UK worked tirelessly to recreate and perfect my recipes.  They all did an amazing job.



The Crab “Pángxiè” Beancurd, micro coriander, spicy sweet chilli proved to be a popular choice on the menu.



How can we have a Chinese New Year without my mum’s fabulous Pineapple Cakes? I have been trying to perfect her recipe for years and I think I have now got it down pat. Nice and “golden” in the spirit of Chinese New Year, mum would be proud.

Leith’s Cookery
I always enjoy sharing my recipes and ideas with willing volunteers. Here I am at Leith’s Cookery School showing everyone that all you need is the simplest and freshest ingredients to deliver nourishing and enriching food.



A really fun morning! Thanks to all who attended the class. Dumplings in hot and sour soup were on the menu as was my Crispy fragrant duck.

I will be holding another class on 25th March so make sure you book early to avoid disappointment! http://www.leiths.com/enthusiasts-courses/chinese-cooking-ching-huang/


A Royal engagement
I was so proud and privileged to have the opportunity to meet HRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall on New Year’s Day in London Chinatown on the 19th Feb. There were Lion dances and New Years singsong. It was wonderful to welcome them to Chinatown after almost 8 years after their visit. Prince Charles even commented that I looked younger – a charming Prince!



Here I am showing The Duchess of Cornwall how to prepare some traditional dumplings.



A photo with both HRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall back in 2007 introducing them to the art of mooncakes.

HKTB
It is always a pleasure to support the Hong Kong Tourism Board and what better way to celebrate CNY than at the Shangri La Hotel on the 35th Floor of The Shard. Hong Kong holds a special place in my heart, with its vast culinary scene perfect for any die hard foodie!

Saturday Kitchen
Ken Hom is the doyen of Chinese cooking, as well as my friend, so it was wonderful to catch up with him on Saturday Kitchen and cook up some CNY specials.



It was then straight up to the cookery school, Cactus Kitchen. As part of their Saturday Kitchen Experience I gave a demonstration on how to cook my golden spring rolls and Sichuan Spicy scallop and prawn wontons.



Here we all are squeezed on to the Saturday Kitchen set for a photo – what a lovely bunch! Thank you to all who came along.

Finally, I was proud to celebrate Chinese New Year with the Sorority. A beautiful group of inspiring women who are so supportive and like family to me. If you are interested in learning more please take a look at the website http://www.thesorority.org/



Enjoy the final few days of celebrations perhaps with some tang yuan soup to welcome in the Lantern festival, and some special time with your family and friends. Gong xi fa cai - wishing you a very happy, healthy and successful Sheep year ahead for you!

Love, Ching xx

FRIDAY, 13 FEBRUARY 2015

Weekend Entertaining

Really excited to be joining Michelin-starred chef and pub landlord Tom Kerridge on Food & Drink tonight on BBC 2 at 8.30pm for ‘Weekend Entertaining’. I have been challenged by Tom to rustle up the perfect party food. My chicken and mushroom pies and spicy salmon rice balls compete with Tom's chicken nuggets and carrot and pistachio baklava. Surely no contest?!

Hope that you will all be watching!

Love, Ching x

TUESDAY, 03 FEBRUARY 2015

Harvey Nichols Chinese New Year menu

I am extremely excited to be working exclusively with Harvey Nichols to curate their Chinese New Year menu. http://www.harveynichols.com/news/2015/01/28/ching-he-huangs-yin-and-yang-menu/

This is my first collaboration with a portfolio of restaurants and I could not think of a more suitable partner than Harvey Nichols, whose emphasis on style and quality dining mirror my own approach to cuisine. Together we will be creating a fabulous collaboration for Chinese New Year.

Join me for an evening of sensory discovery and Celebrate the year of the sheep at Harvey Nichols Manchester http://www.harveynichols.com/news/2015/01/27/an-evening-with-ching-he-huang/ and Knightsbridge, London http://www.harveynichols.com/news/2015/01/27/an-evening-with-ching-he-huang-london/#sthash.zwAUXImc.dpuf

Can’t make the event? From Monday 16 until Saturday 28 February, dine at your nearest Harvey Nichols to enjoy my exclusive Yin & Yang Menu.

Hope to see you all there!

Love, Ching x

WEDNESDAY, 21 JANUARY 2015

Thai Rock - Restaurant Redemption Season 2

It’s the final episode of this wonderful 2nd series of Restaurant Redemption, premiering tonight, Tuesday 20th January at 10:00pmET/7:00pmPT, “Thai Rock”. Thank you to you all for watching, I really hoped you enjoyed it. Also a very special thank you goes to all the people and restaurants that took part. It was a fantastic journey.

This final week takes me to the iconic Rockaway Beach in New York to help a waterfront restaurant that has already survived despite the odds. Two years ago, ex-Wall Street worker Robert and his Thai wife Metta's beachfront restaurant Thai Rock was decimated by Hurricane Sandy. The cleanup operation left them in debt, and Robert has sunk everything he owned into Thai Rock. Two years later, the surrounding neighborhood has not fully recovered from the devastation and with people still struggling to cover the cost of home restoration, paying to eat out is considered a luxury not many can afford. Helping a struggling restaurant survive within the recovering Rockaway community sounded like mission impossible. Had I finally bitten off more than I could chew?



You can join me online at CookingChannelTV.com/Restaurant-Redemption for exclusive web-only videos about Chinese cooking, including tips on shopping in Asian markets, the must-have kitchen gadgets for the perfect Asian-inspired meal, pantry must-haves and new recipes.

Love, Ching x

TUESDAY, 13 JANUARY 2015

Korea House - Restaurant Redemption Season 2

It’s that time of the week again! The new series of Restaurant Redemption, premiering tonight, Tuesday, January 13th at 10:00pmET/7:00pmET. This week it’s “Korea House”.

I am heading to Silicon Valley to help a restaurant owner keep her establishment afloat. Hye Kim is the owner of Korea House, a restaurant specializing in a Korean all-you-can-eat buffet. With big tech companies and college campuses nearby, it should be filled to the rafters with hungry office workers, but it is failing to attract customers. She has also borrowed thousands from her family and friends who are bankrolling her restaurant. Hye has little restaurant experience and finds it hard to be authoritative without shouting, struggling to earn the respect of her staff. With bankruptcy looming, can I help this failing restaurant before it is forced to shutter?

Find my web-exclusive guide to Chinese cooking CookingChannelTV.com/Restaurant-Redemption, including tips on shopping in Asian markets, the must-have kitchen gadgets for the perfect Asian-inspired meal, pantry must-haves and new recipes. I’ve helped dozens of professional chefs revitalize their Asian food and establishments; imagine what I can do for you too!

Join the conversation on Twitter at #RestaurantRedemption @CookingChannel

You can also connect with both me and each other on Facebook at Facebook.com/CookingChannel

Love, Ching x