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Taste: The World of Dorothy Huang

Learn to cook Chinese from a globe-trotting expert

Dorothy Huang enjoys boiled coral shrimp, Chinese broccoli and steamed shrimp dumplings. (Photo by J. Griffis Smith)By Jane Wu

“If you blink, you’ll miss it,” chides Dorothy Huang as she tosses cellophane noodles into a sizzling wok. She’s showing her enthusiastic (and hungry) class how to make chicken in lettuce wraps in the kitchen of Hollandaze Gourmet, a cookware shop near Lake Georgetown. “You can make sauces, chop, and marinate ahead of time. Throw it in a wok, and you have ‘Chinese fast food.’”

Huang’s amiable manner keeps her students coming back for more —many are repeat customers. “Dorothy always takes the time to tell you about each ingredient as well as how to prepare it,” says Peggy Rush, a devoted fan.

Huang’s classes can be found in several Tex-as cities and towns, including Austin, Clifton, Cuero, Fort Worth, and Georgetown, as well as in Houston, where Huang resides. Word of mouth has taken her as far as McAllen. “I love going to new places,” she says. In 2001, Huang helped launch China Stars, an upscale Chinese restaurant in Bogotá, Colombia.

On February 16 at Fung’s Kitchen in Houston, Huang teams up with Martin Yan (of Yan Can Cook on PBS) and the restaurant’s owner and head chef Hoi Fung to host a nine-course Chinese New Year Feast, which includes wine pairings, a lion dance, and cooking demonstrations. For reservations and information, call 713/779-2288; e-mail " ' + path + '\'' + prefix + ':' + addy20362 + '\'>'+ addy_text20362+ '<\/a>'); //-->\n . For information on Huang’s classes, call 281/493-0885; e-mail " ' + path + '\'' + prefix + ':' + addy20755 + '\'>'+ addy_text20755+ '<\/a>'); //-->\n .

See related: Uncovering Houston's Chinatown

Chinatown Dim Sum and Market Tour

In Houston, the tour starts at Ocean Palace restaurant, 11215 Bellaire Blvd. The Austin tour begins at Fortune Chinese Seafood Restaurant, 10901 N. Lamar in North Austin. Each tour meets on a Saturday in alternating months (11:30 a.m.-
2:30 p.m.). Admission: $40. For details or registration, call Dorothy Huang at 281/493-0885, or e-mail .

From the January 2010 issue.

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