Nibbles: Chinese cooking class and pancake breakfast coming up



As the Chinese do

PHOTO COURTESY HELEN CHEN

Sliced cucumbers with spicy peanut dressing, Sichuan eggplant with basil (with ground pork and a meatless version), Mandarin orange chicken with water chestnuts and snow peas, and coconut jasmine rice are on the menu for Chinese-born chef and Gouldsboro summer resident Helen Chen, who will do a cooking demonstration from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 12, at the Masonic Lodge in Winter Harbor.

Hosted by the Winter Harbor Public Library, Chen is the daughter of famed chef Joyce Chen, who is credited with introducing northern Asian cuisine to the United States. Joyce Chen was one of five chefs featured on a series of stamps issued by the U.S. Postal Service in 2014.

A cookbook author, Helen Chen has her own cookware product line that is distributed through Harold Import Co. under the name “Helen’s Asian Kitchen.”

In “Easy Chinese Cooking” on July 12, Chen will use two master stir-fry sauces that are so versatile that they can be used anytime with almost any combination of meats, seafood and vegetables. She also will show Asian cutting techniques and explain how to use Chinese spices and sauces. Chinese cooking equipment and how to stir-fry in a healthy way with heart-healthy cooking oils also will be covered.

Chen weaves Chinese cultural and historical background and insights into her cooking demonstrations. The tastings following each dish combine to make a meal in themselves.

Participation is limited to 30, so reservations are required. The cost is $25 per person. To sign up or for more info, contact the library at 963-9040 or [email protected]. All proceeds benefit the library. To learn more about Helen Chen, visit www.helensasiankitchen.com.

 

Dockside dining

Start your day with blueberry pancakes served up from 7:30 to 10 a.m. Sunday, June 24, on the Bernard Town Dock in Tremont. Sponsored by the Bass Harbor Memorial Library, the benefit breakfast is being held in conjunction with the annual Bass Harbor Lobster Boat Races. The breakfast costs $5 per adult and $3 for children under 3.

In addition, the library will serve hamburgers and hot dogs from 11:30 a.m. on. Lunch costs $8 for a meal. For more info, contact librarian Lisa Taplin Murray at 244-3798.