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The Essence of Chinese Cuisine (An Interview with Sally Temple)

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May 2, 2017 / Chinese / By
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Eat the Globe sat down to have a chat with Pearl Lau to talk about her food blog 'Sally Temple', a site dedicated to sharing authentic Chinese dishes and recipes, and exploring Chinese cultures and traditions.

What inspired you to start Sally Temple? How did the name come about?

Sally Temple really comes from my passion for cooking, especially Chinese cuisine. I found after I moved to Australia, that it was hard to find Chinese food that was authentic. So, I decided to start Sally Temple to educate people on what true, authentic Chinese food is all about. I wanted to use simple and interesting digital formats, like video, to educate people on Chinese cuisine and cultural traditions.

The name is a combination of a few things. My childhood nickname was Sally. I also like the cocktail Shirley Temple, and I feel that a temple is quite synonymous with Chinese culture...so I decided to call my blog Sally Temple.

 

What's your point of difference?

Well, we specialise in Chinese food only, that is our focus. We are all about authentic, real Chinese food. We also include lots of useful video content (short videos and longer, more detailed videos) to give users all the details they need to learn how to cook Chinese food.

 

In your opinion, what is authentic Chinese food?

I think authentic Chinese food is simply what a real Chinese person would cook. This includes the ingredients they would use, such as spring onions (a popular cooking ingredient in Chinese cooking). Also, using the right sauce is really important too. If you can make your own sauce, that will always create a deeper flavour and the result is a more authentic dish. Getting the technique right is also very important. For example, for the classic Chinese dish, Steamed Pork Pancake; to get the texture right, you must hand chop the pork (don't use store bought minced pork).

Click here for the full recipe for the Steamed Pork Pancake dish


Another well known Chinese dish is fried rice. The key here is to make sure the heat of the wok is nice and high to get the texture of the rice right, the fried rice should have a dry texture.

Click here for the full recipe for the Chicken & Egg Fried Rice dish

 

Which part of China has the most interesting dishes?

I'm from Canton, and my favourite Chinese food is from the Sichuan province. The food there is so addictive and flavoursome. The flavour explosion happens because of the interesting range of spices and ingredients that are used - Sichuan dishes are sophisticated, and have complex, deep flavours.

One of my favourite Sichuan dishes is Sichuan Spicy Fish:

Click here for the full recipe for Sichuan Spicy Fish

 

What's the hardest thing about running Sally Temple?

Well, I had to start from zero. I also had no background in making videos and website development, so it's been a lot of learning - I've built the website from the ground up.

 

What's the most enjoyable thing about running Sally Temple?

I really enjoy getting feedback from my audience, whether positive or negative. I've had a lot of positive feedback that viewers like the way the content is presented, so that's been really encouraging.

 

Are there any recipes you'd like to share with the Eat the Globe community?

Sure, see below for two of my favourite Chinese recipes:

Steamed Garlic Shrimps Recipe


Chinese Chicken Soup Recipe

 

At Eat the Globe, we love to inspire people to try new cuisines and learn about new cultures, what's the top places you would like to visit (whether locally or abroad)? and why?

I would like to visit Japan in general. I really love the way they treat their food, it's always intricate, and beautifully presented. I also find that their food always tastes very refined and delicate.

Another country I'd love to see is France. Their cuisine is interesting - the food is very detailed, and the presentation is always impressive.

 

Where can people find out more about Sally Temple?

You can visit us at http://sallytemple.com 

You can also follow us on the social media channels below:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/heysallyt 
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCre5CM95Iz0lGFOBcgpH-8w
Pinterest: https://pinterest.com/heysallyt
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/heysallyt

 

Do you currently have any special offers you'd like to make our readers aware of?

We offer tips and recipes for Chinese cuisine in our enewsletters, you can simply subscribe via the form on our home page: http://sallytemple.com

 

So, what's the upcoming plans for Sally Temple, what's on the horizon?

We are looking to build an online community for people who like Chinese food. We are working on building more interaction opportunities with our audience.

Do you have any Chinese recipes you'd like to know more about? Simply post a comment below with the Chinese recipe you are interested in, and we'll ask Sally Temple to look into it for you.


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