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‘If I ever feel the pang of homesickness, I eat something with rice. It’s my comfort food’
Ken Hom almost single-handedly introduced British people to Chinese Food and the joys of the wok. His first TV programme, Ken Hom’s Chinese Cookery, in 1982, was a huge success and the book of the series sold millions. Still a regular feature on our screens, his documentary on the noodle for Korean TV won a Peabody award and in 2012 he presented the BBC series Exploring China: A Culinary Adventure. His guide to Chinese New Year is available from kenhom.co.uk and his Chinese meal range on sale in Tesco.
What are your most and least used pieces of kitchen kit? Most used?
My cleaver and my wok. Simply because that’s really all you need. I grew up very poor, and we had a tiny kitchen and my mum made everything with just those two pieces. She would make fabulous three-course meals. A Chinese cleaver and a wok are really all you need to cook anything. It’s also the reason why I don’t have anything I don’t use. If you had only £10 to spend on food, where would you spend it and on what? With £10 I would go to a fresh market and just get all the fresh vegetables I could. I would start with onion and garlic, because once you have those, you have a base. I would stir-fry vegetables, throw in a couple of eggs and have a wonderful meal.
What do you eat for comfort?
A little bit of rice. I think if I ever feel the pang of homesickness, I would have something with rice. There’s something comforting about eating rice. I love salty things. I’m not one of these people who craves sweet things. I love savoury
things, and so anything salty is really wonderful. So, stir-fry a bunch of Chinese greens, with garlic on top of rice – delicious to me.