Cooking is one of life’s great pleasures. Take advantage of some great cooking ideas with iCooking Chinese Cuisine, developed by Apps of All Nations, LLC. It offers you some standards (like egg rolls or Chicken and Cashews) and some new and exciting dishes (like Spicy Cucumber Salad or Curried Salmon). This app helps you vary your menus as well as excite your taste buds.
iCooking Chinese Cuisine has fifty recipes that include everything from main dishes to dessert. It is easy to select a dish – you have an alphabetical list of recipes, a list sorted by types of dishes (starters, meat, fish and eggs, pasta and rice, desserts). As you sort through the recipes you can mark them as favorites so you have some options ready when you are at the grocery store. You could look at the recipe, while you are shopping, to see what you might need to buy and then come home ready to cook. If you prefer you can email the recipe to yourself, print it out and use it when cooking or shopping. You can also add your own recipes to the app – complete with a picture.
iCooking Chinese Cuisine, one of 14+ by the developer, offers you a chance to select new, and favorite recipes in order to vary your diet. It resolves that age-old question you are faced with in the grocery story, “what were the ingredients in that recipe?” It offers you an opportunity to review recipes, discuss them with your family or friends and select one that pleases everyone. There is also one unexpected benefit that iCooking Chinese Cuisine offers, which is the chance to organize all of your personal recipes. You can get rid of that stack of random pieces of paper and hand-written notes and have one go-to place to select tonight’s dinner.
I cook a lot dishes that include standard Asian ingredients. Searching through these recipes was a pleasure. The recipe I chose to test first was Stir Fried Beef and Peppers. I used to make this a lot and somehow got away from it. What’s not to like? The ingredients are simple – most of which I had on hand. The prep is not complex. You cut up the beef, chop and sauté some vegetables and mix up the sauce. Stir-frying is one of the healthiest ways to cook and the dish turned out spectacularly. This is one that will become (again) one of my regular dishes.
I have already reviewed three of the iCooking apps and I’ve discovered something I would really like to have – the opportunity to create a grocery list. I haven’t had any trouble doing this, but being to create one from the app would be a useful addition. I have mentioned in other reviews that I think the apps should include a search feature. There are only 50 recipes so that’s barely necessary, but it would be nice. Another suggestion for future enhancement would be the ability to share my personal recipes with others who also have the app. It would be nice if I could email my own recipes and make them downloadable by their iPhone.
At 99 cents, iCooking Chinese Cuisine is certainly affordable. It provides you with flexibility and choice with your meal planning. Whether you only have 30 minutes or plan to devote an afternoon to cooking this app will certainly meet your needs.
iCooking Chinese Cuisine is compatible with iPhone and iPod Touch and requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later.