Iron Chef Chen's Knockout Chinese
By Chen Kenichi
(Vertical, Paperback, 9781934287460, 112pp.)
Publication Date: May 26, 2009
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Iron Chef Chen's Knockout Chinese presents more than 50 easy-to-prepare recipes using the signature unique approach of a true Iron Chef. Subjects and dishes include:
Easy-to-make side dishes:
Steamed garlic shrimp / Grilled mushroom with sesame sauce / Honey flavored chicken wings
Dining for One:
Egg soba noodles / Fried pork over rice / Spicy spaghetti with broccoli
Dinner from Leftovers:
Leftover vegetables and pork stir fry / Tossed grilled pork and onion / Cream of broccoli
Spicy Tofu / Beef and vegetable stew
Tossed tofu and spring greens / Chinese style steak
Fried Rice and Soup:
Five-ingredient Fried rice / Rice soup / Steamed pork soup
Fried banana balls with honey / Cherry and shrimp stir fry / Apple and pork fry
Asparagus and chicken stir fry / Large pepper stir fry / Chestnut and chicken stir fry
Sweet cinnamon rice balls / Apple and coconut milk / Pomegranate jello
A Chinese of Japanese nationality born January 5, 1956 in Tokyo, Japan, Chen Kenichi is best known as the Iron Chef Chinese on the original Japanese Iron Chef television series. He is the only Iron Chef to have held his position on the show throughout its 6-year run.
As the son of Chen Kenmin, who is regarded as the father of Sichuan cuisine in Japan, Kenichi is often compared to his father on the series, with some saying that Iron Chef helped the son exceed the skills of the father.
Despite the fact that he is the only lifetime and longest-serving Iron Chef, Chen had considered leaving the show on several occasions. Among his reasons was the desire to tend to his restaurants--which, unsurprisingly, had become fully-booked every
night since the show's beginning--as well as suffering a bout of depression following the death of his mother. It was fellow Iron Chef Hiroyuki Sakai who convinced Chen to stay, both agreeing that should one leave, so would the other. Because of his long tenure, Chen has fought more battles than any other Iron Chef--a whopping 92 in all--with a win/loss record of 67223, including a record 14 consecutive victories.