Ken Hom on how to cook for Chinese New Year

There's nothing better than a delicious and flavourful Chinese dish, but replicating the tastes and textures found in some of our favourite restaurants often seems like an impossible task.

To celebrate Chinese New Year, we asked Asian cuisine master Ken Hom for his top tips on cooking the best possible Chinese dish, what makes the cuisine authentic and his top chef-approved restaurants in London...

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What are the key things to know when cooking a Chinese recipe?

If you're doing fried rice, make sure that rice is already cooked and cold. Your wok should be hot before you start stir-frying. Remember that sauces come at the end!

Are there any misconceptions about what makes an authentic Chinese dish? 

It is really a simple cuisine with layers of flavour.  Everyone thinks it's very complicated, but on the contrary it's very simple as long as you remember a few simple rules: keep your wok hot, add the oil, stir-fry your meat first then remove, drain, and add your vegetables. When cooked, return the meat to the wok, mix well and add your sauce. 

What's your favourite recipe to make on Chinese New Year?

Any noodle dish from my book: Complete Chinese Cookery (BBC Books).

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What are your favourite restaurants in the UK?

China Tang at The Dorchester (53 Park Lane, Mayfair, London, W1K 1QA), Royal China (Various locations), Kai Mayfair (65 South Audley Street, London W1K 2QU) and The Good Earth (Various locations)...all in London. 

Any favourite cooking tools and brands?

The Ken Hom wok, of course!

Finally - what food would people be surprised to learn that you love?

I do love crisps of all kind!

Get the tools you need at Fenwick...

T&G Woodware Bamboo Chopsticks, 10 for £1.95; Available at Fenwick Kingston

See Ken Hom in store...

To see Ken Hom in action, visit Fenwick Kingston's Living Kitchen on Wednesday 10 February where he will perform a cooking demo from 12-1pm and sign his latest book from 1-1.30pm.

Also, be sure to stop by Fenwick Brent Cross today (8 February) to discover the Ken Hom range with 20% off selected items in the Cookware department (Level 1) and for a chance to win a prize package including: an overnight stay at The Dorchester for two, dinner for two at A. Wong restaurant in London Victoria, a day at the Jeremy Pang School of Wok for two and a 32cm non-stick stainless steel two-piece wok set and bamboo steamer.

By Alison Millington