Kian Lam Kho’s Three-Cup Chicken

Kian Lam Kho's "sanbeiji" means "three-cup chicken" in Chinese because this dish was traditionally made with a cup of soy sauce, a cup of rice wine and a cup of sesame oil.

Nostalgia and yearning for the flavors of home can push us to do things we never would have imagined. Just ask Kian Lam Kho. Kho’s family is from Fujian province in Southeast China but he was born in Indonesia and grew up in Singapore. After emigrating to the US in the 1970s, he decided it better to write home for family recipes than to stomach the Cantonese fare at his neighborhood Chinese joint in Boston. Kian’s beautiful new book, “Phoenix Claws and Jade Trees,” has become my new guide to making Chinese cuisine at home.

Phoenix Claws & Jade Trees cover

Reprinted from “Phoenix Claws and Jade Trees.” Copyright © 2015 by Kian Lam Kho. Photos by Jody Horton. Published by Clarkson Potter, an imprint of Penguin Random House, LLC.