Real Chinese Cooking - The Style Sisters

Real Chinese Cooking

By The Style Sisters - Thursday, January 15, 2009

Last night for our Youth Activity Night...(for some of the 14 and 15 year olds in our church) we had a good friend of ours come over to teach the kids about Chinese cooking.

Carrie who works with my husband is Chinese....born in Hong Kong but she grew up in Costa Rica...Carrie speaks Mandarin Chinese, Cantonese, Spanish, a little Korean, some French and is completely fluent with almost no Asian dialect in ....English! Carrie is one amazing woman and boy can she cook!

Carrie made us all kinds of incredible dishes...Chicken cashew stir-fry with green onions and red, yellow and orange peppers. Fried rice noodles with carrots, green onions, eggs and ham sliced into narrow ribbons Eggs made like omelets then chopped into fine ribbon like strips to stir fry.then.... she whipped up some ground pork with those really cool noodles that puff when you pop them into the pan with oil.She also made some steamed rice, snow pea leaves with a sauce made from bamboo pith, the most incredible sweet and sour pork made from boneless country pork ribs and one whole Tilapia fish that she steamed with fresh ginger and green onions This is Carrie busily peeling the skin off the ginger while the men in the background are gobbling up the food faster than she can prepare it!

We must have had 13 youth...boys and girls and 5 adults before the night was over.

Using their chopsticks to eat the delicious food.
The kids were even taking photos of the food with their phones.
We learned so many interesting things about the Chinese culture and about how they cook their food. Carrie was amazing..... cooking and teaching and having a blast with all the kids. One interesting thing we learned was that the Chinese believe that if you eat the eyeball of the animal or fish you take on the power of the animal or fish and it is a great honor to be offered the eyeball. Carrie ate one and this boy (see below) ate the other.... gross but cool.


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  1. What an absolutely FUN activity!!!
    I enjoyed seeing the delicious food and it's awesome you are sharing these activities. It doesn't look like he was so honored to receive the eyeball;)
    Carrie is great...does she travel?
    We serve with the YSA's on the stake and regional level with my husband as the H.C. rep so we enjoy three wonderful activities a month with these awesome youth!

    Next month we rented Soldier Hollow, for snow tubing which is one of the sights of the 2002 Winter Olympics.

  2. Wow what a great blog!! I loved reading about this wonderful youth activity and the pictures are so great!

  3. What an incredible experience. It's always cool to try different foods and expose young people... but to give them the opportunity to watch the cook and talk to her? How cool! That's one of the most wonderful things about Youth Group and the adults that get involved.

  4. That looks like a lot of fun. A great way to learn about the Chinese culture.

  5. Um...I would like Carrie to move in with me. Even for just a week. :-) What a spread!! She looks like an amazing cook and I think it's great showing the kids the culture, the cooking, the FUN!


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