For more than 25 years Susanna Foo has changed the paradigm of Chinese food melding traditional Chinese foods with classical French techniques. With two cookbooks and two internationally known restaurants, this two-time James Beard Award winner is widely recognized as one of America’s top Chinese chefs. She does not believe that authenticity and improvisation are incompatible, and she is not hemmed in by national or regional boundaries.
International and delicious
Her book, Susanna Foo Fresh Inspiration is a delightful cookbook full of creative cuisine, passionate prose, and stunning photography.
There are several recipes that reflect basic Chinese dishes (although they often incorporate French techniques and fresh ingredients over canned). Wuxi-Style Braised Beef Short Ribs, Nanking Salt-Brined Duck, and Tung An Chicken are good examples.
You will also find a number of recipes that are clearly Western in nature. Most notable are the chapters on Salads and Desserts. There are also several recipes that show the international nature of Susanna’s cooking such as Korean Pancakes, Braised Chicken with Thai Curry Sauce, Slow-Roasted Salmon and Israeli Couscous with Sake Ginger Brine.
Her restaurant, Susanna Foo Gourmet Kitchen (Radnor, PA) is currently spotlighting the “Chinese Firecracker Cocktail” for New Year’s Eve, as well as the upcoming Chinese New Year (2/7/08).
Chinese Firecracker Cocktail
- 1.5 ounces of Leblon Cachaca (liquor made in Brazil from pure sugar cane)
- 1/2 ounce Fresh Lime Juice
- 1/4 ounce Pomegranate Nectar
Rim is laced in spicy pepper mix.
Served in a martini glass.
Mix up a batch of Chinese Firecrackers for your Chinese New Year’s party!