Join us in welcoming Kristina Cho, food writer, recipe developer and author of Mooncakes and Milk Bread: Sweet and Savory Recipes Inspired by Chinese Bakeries Cookbook to PSU Farmers Market!
FREE Public Event
Saturday, March 12, 2022
10:00 am – 12 pm
PSU Farmers Market at SW Park & Montgomery
About the Author
Kristina Cho’s culinary perspective is rooted in her experiences as a first-generation Chinese American who grew up in Cleveland going to her family’s Chinese restaurant, before moving to one of San Francisco’s unofficial second Chinatown in the Inner Richmond neighborhood. A self-taught home cook and baker, Kristina is behind the popular food blog and Instagram page Eat Cho Food, where she showcases her Asian-inspired recipes to tens of thousands of followers. The success of her blog led her to focus full-time on cooking and recipe development, and she currently teaches hands-on cooking classes and homemade dumpling workshops. Kristina had the idea for Mooncakes and Milk Bread after spending years experimenting with her own versions of recipes inspired by her favorite Chinese cafe dishes and realizing the lack of existing cookbook options focused specifically on the genre.
About the Cookbook
Mooncakes and Milk Bread features over 80 recipes and highlights the incredible range of items that can be found inside Chinese cafes and bakeries including sweet and savory baked buns, steamed buns, Chinese breads, unique cookies, whimsical cakes, juicy dumplings, Chinese breakfast dishes and drinks. Recipes include:
- Bread, Bing Bao: Mother of all Milk Bread, Moo Shu Wrappers, Youtiao, and Brown Sugar Shao Bing
- Not-Too-Sweet Buns: The Almighty Pineapple Bun (Bo Lo Bao), Coconut Jasmine Cream Buns, Egg Custard Buns (Nai Wong Bao), Chocolate Nutella Loaf, Sweet Potato and Brown Sugar Mantou, Milk Bread Doughnuts with Salted Egg Yolk Cream
- Pork Buns and Beyond: Char Siu Bao (BBQ Pork Buns), Hot Dog Flower Buns, Thanksgiving Leftover Gua Bao, Pork Floss and Seaweed Pull-Apart Rolls, Everything Bagel Bao
- Gao (Cakes + Tarts): Pau Pau’s Steamed Cupcakes (Fa Gao), Match and Jasmine Swiss Roll, Black Sesame Souffle Cheesecake, Chinese Puff Pastry, Classic Egg Tarts, Chocolate and Salted Peanut Crepe Cake, Honey Pistachio Mooncakes
- No Fortune Cookies: Coconut and Peanut Mochi Balls, Taiwanese Pineapple Cakes, Fried Sesame Balls, Pistachio Palmiers, Matcha and Hojicha Cream Puffs,
- Chinese Breakfast: Rose Siu Mai, Maple Bubble Waffles, Hong Kong-Style French Toast, Sausage, Egg and Cheese Sheng Jian Bao
- Sips: Chrysanthemum Tea, Hong Kong Milk Tea, Sparking Lime Matcha, Strawberry Jasmine Milk Tea, Coffee with Grass Jelly
Additionally, Kristina showcases easy-to-follow baking techniques via step-by-step photos and illustrations. Techniques include:
- More Than One Way to Form a Loaf
- How to Roll Up Flaky Green Onion Pancakes
- Pinching and Pulling Dough for Perky Buns
- Multiple Ways to Score and Twist Dough into Beautiful Designs
- How to Laminate Chinese Puff Pastry
- How to Decorate an Airy Sponge Cake with Fruit
- How to Press and Stamp Mooncakes with Ease
Alongside the recipes, Kristina also includes profiles of beloved Chinese cafes across the country, from Fay Da in New York City to Phoenix Bakery in Los Angeles, further bringing to life the stories of Chinese baking in the U.S.
Mooncakes and Milk Bread: Sweet and Savory Recipes Inspired by Chinese Bakeries features photography by Kristina Cho. Follow Kristina on Instagram.
We will have copies of Mooncakes and Milk Bread: Sweet and Savory Recipes Inspired by Chinese Bakeries Cookbook available to purchase at the event.
PSU Farmers Market open year-round Saturdays, 9 am – 2pm (Nov – Mar) and 8:30 am – 2 pm (April – Oct) at SW Park & Montgomery in Portland, Oregon.