While Kylie Kwong’s relaxed, modern approach to Chinese cuisine may be new to American readers, Kwong is already a familiar face in her home country of Australia and in the UK, where she appears on BBC TV. Thanks to Kwong’s recent universal iOS app, Best of Kylie Kwong, home cooks around the world now have easy access to her recipes.
The app’s 50 recipes won’t scare off beginners — in the first recipe she actually makes salt and pepper. More advanced cooks will find a collection of recipes, such as the Stir-Fried Pumpkin with Black Beans and Ginger that use familiar ingredients in new ways.
As the user explores the app’s splash screen she will find the recipes grouped into the usual cookbook categories (Meat, Poultry, Stocks and Soups) with additional sections devoted to Eggs and Stir-fries, as well as Rice and Noodles.
To begin cooking, tap a category, then select a recipe. The user may also view all the recipes listed by category or alphabetically. There’s also a search function, so you can tap in “black vinegar” for example, and find that ingredient listed in the recipe for Kung Po Chicken.
The user may also mark a recipe as a favorite, and add ingredients to the in-app shopping list.
Best of Kylie Kwong also includes six videos that share tips for choosing a wok, stir-frying, and steaming, as her philosophy on cooking with fresh ingredients and substituting Asian ingredients such as palm sugar for easy-to-buy brown sugar.
Download Best of Kylie Kwong from the App Store for $4.99
What I liked: A cookbook is nothing without good recipes; I wanted to try nearly every one of the 50 in this cooking app. The app uses video wisely, which keeps the overall size down to a manageable 153 MB.
What I didn’t like: Rather than allowing the user to choose between metric or imperial measurements, Best of Kylie Kwong uses both, sometimes in the same recipe, which feels a bit sloppy. The Kung Po Chicken called for 1 Tablespoon brown sugar and a 5 cm piece of ginger. While it’s a small point, cookbooks typically use one system or the other consistently.
To buy or not to buy: Any cook hoping to add a few more get-dinner-on-the-table Chinese recipes to her repertoire will find Best of Kylie Kwong offers an accessible take on this popular and appealing cuisine.
- App Name: Best of Kylie Kwong
- Version Reviewed: 1.1.2
- Category: Food and Drink
- Developer: Penguin Group (Australia)
- Price: $4.99