The one big piece of pork is about the size what they usually sell in the Chinese market. The rice bowl is the standard rice bowl that was sold in Taiwan when I was growing up (not the current modern ones), and they measured exactly 1 cup of the western measurement. Half of that rice bowl means the liquid needs to be about 1 finger section less from the rim of the bowl because the bowl is narrower at the bottom and wider at the top. There are no standard Chinese soup spoons, so the sizes are a little different. I need to use the kind that my mom usually use, and it was sort of (could be) close to a western table spoon. When I asked how much sugar I should put in, she said, "Just enough!"
I have another very wonderful cook book written by an excellent chef. The style of writing is not like a cook book, but a collection of essays on various delicious Chinese dishes. Everything I tried from this book was wonderful. The type of the seasonings for each recipes are listed -- Thank God! However, the amount of the seasonings to be used are .... in the author's words, "season it to taste!" Everytime I use recipes from this book, I have to check for ingredients' measurements in other cook books for similar dishes and guess the rest. I generally ended up with 3 or 4 cook books all opened while cooking one recipe from this book.
Edited by fireball, 17 November 2007 - 09:32 PM.