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According to the 1875 Census there were 20 Chinese living in Austin. Most of these were men who left China to find work in order to support their families. Because of the Chinese Exclusion Act, they could not bring over their wives or children. These men worked mainly in the laundry or restaurant business. That was the beginning of Asian presence in our city. As displayed in this photo exhibit, the individuals and families who ended up in Austin built a life for themselves by opening up businesses and immersing themselves into the community. All of their hard work paved the way for future immigrants and Asian Americans who settled down in Austin. Beginning in the 1870's the Chinese population in Travis County grew rather slowly until there was a large jump from 94 to 332 in the 1960's to the 1970's. Today, we have over 10,000 Chinese Americans in Austin working in many different industries. They share their culture and heritage and are constantly contributing to the great success of our city. All of the families featured in the photo exhibit have archival collections or biography files at the Austin History Center. These donated items were acquired through the Asian American Liaison program and can be accessed in our Reading Room by utilizing the Asian American Resource Guide.


China Kitchen China Kitchen Austin offers great Chinese cuisine at a low price! If you’re looking for take-out that provides massive portions, we are the place to go on the East side of Austin. Our menu boasts a rather large selection including the traditional egg roll and Fried Wonton and dumplings. If you’re in the mood for seafood, why not try one of our crab puffs? Our food is fresh and we have a number of specials and combos, which can save you money in these difficult economic times. Also, if you do not eat meat, we have a wide range of tasty vegetarian options. Order your food conveniently online or have it delivered to your home/business. All Major Credit cards accepted.


Cookbooks The Wisdom of the Chinese Kitchen: Classic Family Recipes for Celebration and Healing IACP Le Cordon Bleu International Cookbook Award Finalist IACP First Cookbook Award Finalist James Beard International Cookbook Award “A cookbook of family secrets that the Kitchen God’s Wife would have been proud to write for her daughter.” –Amy Tan The Joy Luck Club “But even if you don’t eat one dish from this book, you’ll feel satisfied. The Wisdom of the Chinese Kitchen, like Diana Kennedy’s My Mexico and works by M.F. K. Fisher, is as much about a way of life as it is about cooking. That this way of life exists with such astounding vitality next door makes this book all the more valuable.” –Patricia Unterman, San Francisco Examiner Magazine A delicious celebration of 150 recipes for classic Cantonese family meals with warm stories of their importance to health and prosperity and detailed instructions on their preparation culled from a lifetime of lessons at the sides of Mama, Baba, grandparents, aunties, uncles, and close family friends. No other Chinese cookbook offers such a wealth of information on obtaining ingredients and their preparation, or provides such full detail behind the Chinese tradition of using foods to nourish the body and soul. The Wisdom of the Chinese Kitchen is a treasure, sure to become a classic reference in any well-equipped kitchen. The Wisdom of the Chinese Kitchen is the culmination of 4 years of painstaking research into my Cantonese culinary heritage. In heeding my Grandfather’s advice to never forget my Chinese heritage, I hope to have honored my ancestors and family with a cookbook of our recipes and culinary lore. Each chapter begins with its own engaging story, offering insight into the Chinese beliefs that surround life-enhancing and spiritually calming meals. In addition, my family’s vintage photographs illustrate the stories and capture the spirit of China before the Revolution. The first part, “Mastering the Fundamentals,” provides instruction on the arts of steaming and stir-frying; the preparation of rice, panfried, and braised dishes; the proper selection of produce; and the fine art of chopping and slicing. Part Two, “The Art of Celebration,” concentrates on the more elaborate, complex and meaningful dishes—such as Shark’s Fin Soup and West Lake Duck—that are usually made with rare ingredients, and sweets such as Water Chestnut Cake and Sesame Balls. The final part, “Achieving Yin-Yang Harmony,” explores the many Chinese beliefs about the healing properties of ginseng, gingko nuts, soybeans, dong quai, and the many vegetable and fruit soup preparations that balance and nourish the body. The stories and recipes combine to demonstrate the range of Cantonese cooking from the rich flavors and honored combinations to an overall appreciation of health, well being and prosperity. The Wisdom of the Chinese Kitchen extends even further to include how to care for a wok, the importance of buying, cooking, and eating rice, and how to best find the proper Chinese ingredients. Understanding how perplexing it can be to shop for authentic Chinese ingredients, I provide guidance on how to find anything. Beautifully detailed full-color photographs show finished dishes, produce, herbs, and dry ingredients which assuage all doubt as to how to cook my recipes. Nevertheless, I have also included special step by step technique photos. Purchase The Wisdom of the Chinese Kitchen


The Wisdom of the Chinese Kitchen: Classic Family Recipes for Celebration and Healing IACP Le Cordon Bleu International Cookbook Award Finalist IACP First Cookbook Award Finalist James Beard International Cookbook Award “A cookbook of family secrets that the Kitchen God’s Wife would have been proud to write for her daughter.” –Amy Tan The Joy Luck Club “But even if you don’t eat one dish from this book, you’ll feel satisfied. The Wisdom of the Chinese Kitchen, like Diana Kennedy’s My Mexico and works by M.F. K. Fisher, is as much about a way of life as it is about cooking. That this way of life exists with such astounding vitality next door makes this book all the more valuable.” –Patricia Unterman, San Francisco Examiner Magazine A delicious celebration of 150 recipes for classic Cantonese family meals with warm stories of their importance to health and prosperity and detailed instructions on their preparation culled from a lifetime of lessons at the sides of Mama, Baba, grandparents, aunties, uncles, and close family friends. No other Chinese cookbook offers such a wealth of information on obtaining ingredients and their preparation, or provides such full detail behind the Chinese tradition of using foods to nourish the body and soul. The Wisdom of the Chinese Kitchen is a treasure, sure to become a classic reference in any well-equipped kitchen. The Wisdom of the Chinese Kitchen is the culmination of 4 years of painstaking research into my Cantonese culinary heritage. In heeding my Grandfather’s advice to never forget my Chinese heritage, I hope to have honored my ancestors and family with a cookbook of our recipes and culinary lore. Each chapter begins with its own engaging story, offering insight into the Chinese beliefs that surround life-enhancing and spiritually calming meals. In addition, my family’s vintage photographs illustrate the stories and capture the spirit of China before the Revolution. The first part, “Mastering the Fundamentals,” provides instruction on the arts of steaming and stir-frying; the preparation of rice, panfried, and braised dishes; the proper selection of produce; and the fine art of chopping and slicing. Part Two, “The Art of Celebration,” concentrates on the more elaborate, complex and meaningful dishes—such as Shark’s Fin Soup and West Lake Duck—that are usually made with rare ingredients, and sweets such as Water Chestnut Cake and Sesame Balls. The final part, “Achieving Yin-Yang Harmony,” explores the many Chinese beliefs about the healing properties of ginseng, gingko nuts, soybeans, dong quai, and the many vegetable and fruit soup preparations that balance and nourish the body. The stories and recipes combine to demonstrate the range of Cantonese cooking from the rich flavors and honored combinations to an overall appreciation of health, well being and prosperity. The Wisdom of the Chinese Kitchen extends even further to include how to care for a wok, the importance of buying, cooking, and eating rice, and how to best find the proper Chinese ingredients. Understanding how perplexing it can be to shop for authentic Chinese ingredients, I provide guidance on how to find anything. Beautifully detailed full-color photographs show finished dishes, produce, herbs, and dry ingredients which assuage all doubt as to how to cook my recipes. Nevertheless, I have also included special step by step technique photos. Purchase The Wisdom of the Chinese Kitchen


Each chapter begins with its own engaging story, offering insight into the Chinese beliefs that surround life-enhancing and spiritually calming meals. In addition, my family’s vintage photographs illustrate the stories and capture the spirit of China before the Revolution.


A delicious celebration of 150 recipes for classic Cantonese family meals with warm stories of their importance to health and prosperity and detailed instructions on their preparation culled from a lifetime of lessons at the sides of Mama, Baba, grandparents, aunties, uncles, and close family friends. No other Chinese cookbook offers such a wealth of information on obtaining ingredients and their preparation, or provides such full detail behind the Chinese tradition of using foods to nourish the body and soul. The Wisdom of the Chinese Kitchen is a treasure, sure to become a classic reference in any well-equipped kitchen.