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Chinese Recipes

Chinese meals are generally based around two main elements: firstly, a starchy "main food" (Mandarin Chinese: Zhushi) dish such as noodles, rice or steamed buns ("mantou"), and secondly, accompanying meat, seafood or vegetables (Mandarin Chinese: Cŕi).

Chinese meals

It would wrong however to think of China as simply being home to a single cuisine. Each region of the country has developed its uniquely culinary style, and additionally overseas Chinese communities around the world have both adapted traditional Chinese dishes, and developed entirely new dishes.

Some popular Chinese dishes include:
  • Baozi (xiaolongbao) - Steamed buns usually containing meat soup (sometimes seafood or vegetables may be used instead). The buns are initially prepared using a meat gelatin filling, but when the bun is steamed, this melts and becomes soup.

  • Congee - A porridge, usually made from rice, although sometimes barley, cornmeal, millet or sorghum may be used instead.


  • Guotie - Fried dumplings containing ground (minced) meat and/or vegetables.

  • Jiaozi - Steamed dumplings containing ground (minced) meat and/or vegetables.

  • Shuijiao - Boiled dumplings containing ground (minced) meat and/or vegetables.

  • General Tso's chicken - Deep-fried chicken in a sweet-spicy sauce. This dish is very popular in Canada and the US, but is virtually unknown in China.

  • Kung Po chicken - Chicken cooked with Sichuan peppercorns, Shaoxing wine, and nuts (peanuts or cashew nuts). In Western countries, the dish has been adapted to local tastes and ingredients (for example, by using bell peppers), and additionally other meats, or seafood, may be used instead of chicken.

    Kung Po chicken (Westernized version)

  • Mantou - A steamed bun. One of the staple dishes of North China.

  • Peking duck - Originally from Beijing (which used to be known as "Peking"), Peking duck is one of the most famous Chinese dishes. A duck is glazed with a syrup and roasted, it is then carved in front of diners, and eaten by wrapping the duck meat, with scallions or cucumber, and plum sauce, into small steamed pancakes (Mandarin Chinese: pinyin). In the UK, the duck is generally prepared using more spices, fried instead of roasted, and known as "cripsy aromatic duck".

  • Soy egg - A hard-boiled egg in soy sauce, sugar and water, flavored with herbs and spices.

  • Tea egg - A hard-boiled egg, soaked or stewed in tea.

  • Zhajiang mian - Thick wehat noodles with ground pork, stired-fried with fermented soybean paste.

  • Zongzi - Bamboo leaves filled with glutinous rice and other fillings. Zongzi are boiled or steam before eating.
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The Chinese Takeout Cookbook: Quick and Easy Dishes to Prepare at Home

By Diana Kuan

Ballantine Books
Released: 2012-12-11
Hardcover (208 pages)

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America’s love affair with Chinese food dates back more than a century. Today, such dishes as General Tso’s Chicken, Sweet and Sour Pork, and Egg Rolls are as common as hamburgers and spaghetti. Probably at this moment, a drawer in your kitchen is stuffed with Chinese takeout menus, soy sauce packets, and wooden chopsticks, right?
But what if you didn’t have to eat your favorites out of a container? 
In The Chinese Takeout Cookbook, Chinese food blogger and cooking instructor Diana Kuan brings Chinatown to your home with this amazing collection of more than eighty popular Chinese takeout recipes—appetizers, main courses, noodle and rice dishes, and desserts—all easy-to-prepare and MSG-free. Plus you’ll discover how to
• stock your pantry with ingredients you can find at your local supermarket
• season and master a wok for all your Chinese cooking needs
• prepare the flavor trifecta of Chinese cuisine—ginger, garlic, and scallions
• wrap egg rolls, dumplings, and wontons like a pro
• steam fish to perfection every time
• create vegetarian variations that will please everyone’s palate
• whip up delectable sweet treats in time for the Chinese New Year
The Chinese Takeout Cookbook also features mouthwatering color photos throughout as well as sidebars that highlight helpful notes, including how to freeze and recook dumplings; cooking tidbits, such as how to kick up your dish with a bit of heat; and the history behind some of your favorite comfort foods, including the curious New York invention of the pastrami egg roll and the influence of Tiki culture on Chinese cuisine. So, put down that takeout menu, grab the wok, and let’s get cooking!

Here for the first time—in one fun, easy, and tasty collection—are more than 80 favorite Chinese restaurant dishes to make right in your own kitchen:
• Cold Sesame Noodles
• Kung Pao Chicken
• Classic Barbecue Spareribs
• Beef Chow Fun
• Homemade Chili Oil
• Hot and Sour Soup
• Chinatown Roast Duck
• Moo Shu Pork
• Dry-Fried String Beans
• Black Sesame Ice Cream
• And of course, perfectly fried Pork and Shrimp Egg Rolls!

“Diana Kuan chronicles America’s love affair with Chinese food. The Chinese Takeout Cookbook is the perfect reason to throw out those menus cluttering your kitchen drawers!”—Patricia Tanumihardja, author of The Asian Grandmothers Cookbook

Chinese Cooking: Favorite Chinese Takeout Recipes

By Sarah Spencer

The Cookbook Publisher
Released: 2017-03-22
Kindle Edition (223 pages)

Chinese Cooking: Favorite Chinese Takeout Recipes
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Stay in and prepare your favorite Chinese takeout recipes tonight!
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It is not a secret that Americans love Chinese food. There’s just something special about those fried chicken bits coated in a delicious sweet and sour sauce that keeps us coming back for more. Not to mention, the incredibly delicious fried rice. Aside from these, there are the tasty and perfectly cooked meats wrapped in a soft, or crunchy, thin dough—the egg rolls, wontons, pot stickers, and, of course, the crab rangoon.

All this talk about Chinese food might be making you want to place an order at your favorite Chinese restaurant; but how about making them at home instead? This cookbook offers over 80 different Chinese take-out-inspired dishes that’s sure to satisfy your Chinese food cravings. They are easy to prepare and take almost no time at all. With ingredients, you can easily find in your pantry or at your local grocery store, cook yourself a meal that tastes just like—or even better—than your favorite Chinese take-outs. Yum!

Inside, you’ll find:
• A brief history of Chinese cuisine in America
• Commonly used ingredients for Chinese takeout recipes
• Common preparations and cooking tools
• Delightful appetizer recipes like the Roasted Chinese Pork Barbecue, Crab Rangoon, Pork Egg Rolls, and the Chinese Pancakes with Scallions
• Traditional soup recipes like the Wonton Soup and the Hot and Sour Soup
• Wholesome chicken and duck recipes such as the Classic Orange Chicken, General Tso's Chicken, Kung Pao Chicken, and the Peking Duck
• Bountiful pork recipes like the Chop Suey with Pork, Moo Shu Pork, and the Cantonese Sweet and Sour Pork
• Satisfying beef recipes like the Beef in Black Bean Sauce, Beef and Broccoli, and the Chinese Pepper Steak
• Luscious fish and seafood recipes like the Szechuan Shrimp, Cantonese-style Lobster, and the Salt and Pepper Shrimp
• Easy-to-prepare rice and noodles recipes such as the Yangzhou Fried Rice, Pan-fried Noodle Seafood Delight, and the Chicken Lo Mein
• Delightful vegetarian recipes such as the Eggplant in Garlic Sauce, Vegetarian Egg Foo Young, and the Tofu Kung Pao
• Favorite dessert recipes like the Chinese Mango Pudding, DIY Fortune Cookies, and the Chinese Egg Tarts

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Essential Wok Cookbook: A Simple Chinese Cookbook for Stir-Fry, Dim Sum, and Other Restaurant Favorites

By Naomi Imatome-Yun

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Paperback (150 pages)

Essential Wok Cookbook: A Simple Chinese Cookbook for Stir-Fry, Dim Sum, and Other Restaurant Favorites
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All the Recipes You Need to Enjoy Comforting Chinese Food at Home

Ordering Chinese takeout is easy--but it's definitely not the healthiest or most affordable way to enjoy Chinese comfort food at home. With this simple cookbook in your kitchen and a mighty wok in your hand, Chinese favorites are now quicker, healthier, and cheaper than delivery.

The Essential Wok Cookbook is your guide to mastering the wok, the versatile pan that makes possible all of the Chinese restaurant dishes you love--no extra salt, oil, or MSG required. Beyond tips for selecting, seasoning, and caring for your wok, this cookbook also provides:
  • Step-by-step illustrations for how to fold a dumpling, egg roll, and wonton 
  • Fun features on the origin stories and American reinventions of foods such as egg drop soup and fortune cookies 
  • Recipe labels to help you decide what to make when you're short on time (30 minutes or less) and tight on cash (under $10) 
  • Recipe tips to swap ingredients, save time, make a dish more healthy, or kick up the heat 
If a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, start cooking today with your wok and see just how far The Essential Wok Cookbook will take you.

Fire up the wok with recipes like Perfect Pork Pot Stickers, Easy Vegetable Stir-Fry, Lighter Egg Foo Young, Sweet Chili Shrimp, General Tso's Chicken, Better Beef with Broccoli, and many more!

Family Style Chinese Cookbook: Authentic Recipes from My Culinary Journey Through China

By Shanti Christensen

Rockridge Press
Released: 2016-12-20
Paperback (186 pages)

Family Style Chinese Cookbook: Authentic Recipes from My Culinary Journey Through China
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“Family Style Chinese Cookbook is a treasure trove of real Chinese home cooking. But it’s more than just a cookbook―it’s a collection of stories about tradition, ceremony, family, and pride.”
―Bee Yinn Low, author of Easy Chinese Recipes

Authentic Chinese cuisine is responsible for some of the most tantalizing dishes in the world. And yet, creating these delicious dishes may seem daunting. We’re not talking about westernized Chinese food that you can find in most Chinese cookbooks, but rather the succulent flavors, vibrant aromatics, and bold pairings that define what authentic Chinese food truly is.

Shanti Christensen knows a thing or two about what makes Chinese food authentic. As food editor for Time Out Beijing and an avid traveller, Shanti soaked up China’s culture and food. But the best cuisine she experienced wasn’t from five-star restaurants, but rather from the family kitchens of locals.

Family Style Chinese Cookbook is an assemblage of family recipes that Shanti collected during her time with families throughout China. Presented alongside endearing stories, these recipes form a Chinese cookbook that evokes a truly unique experience to excite your curious spirit and surprise your adventurous palate.

With Family Style Chinese Cookbook you’ll find everything you need to cook home-style Chinese food from your very own kitchen, including:

  • High quality, authentic, Chinese family heirloom recipes
  • Cooking tips based on your personal preferences, and suggested variations for hard to find ingredients
  • Guidance for stocking up on Chinese pantry essentials and finding unique ingredients
  • Overview of essential equipment commonly required for proper recipe preparation such as a glazed clay pot, wok, and mandoline
  • Simplified instructions of basic cooking techniques including those for tenderizing meat, stir-frying, parboiling, and braising

In China, food brings people together. With the ease and simplicity of Family Style Chinese Cookbook, you and yours will savor the bold flavors, sweet aromas, and warm connection that can be offered through authentic Chinese cooking.

Cooking Delicious Chinese Food with Fresh Fruits - Recipes with Photos

By Hongyang

Released: 2012-06-19
Kindle Edition (99 pages)

Cooking Delicious Chinese Food with Fresh Fruits - Recipes with Photos
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If you worry that your family isn't getting enough fresh fruits in their daily diet or if you want to add nature fragrance to your eating, it might be a good choice cooking delicious Chinese food with fresh fruits.

This 66 page photo cookbook contains 22 Chinese recipes for preparing salads, stir-fry hot dishes, soup and desserts with fresh fruits. There are 138 photos showing individual steps and making it very easy to follow.

Chapter 1: Lychee Shrimp Salad
Chapter 2: Green Papaya Salad (Sweet Spicy)
Chapter 3: Green Mango Salad (Sweet Spicy)
Chapter 4: Mango Beef Salad
Chapter 5: Honey Melon Seafood Salad Boat
Chapter 6: Orange Pork Ribs (Hot Dish)
Chapter 7: Pineapple Beef Stir-Fry
Chapter 8: Dragon Fruit Boat (Stir-Fry Vegetarian)
Chapter 9: Pineapple Boat (Stir-Fry Rice Shrimps)
Chapter 10: Lime Chicken Stir-Fry
Chapter 11: Lychee Shrimp Stir-Fry
Chapter 12: Pineapple Chicken Stir-Fry (Spicy)
Chapter 13: Lemon Asparagus Stir-Fry (Vegetarian)
Chapter 14: Pineapple Fish (Hot Dish)
Chapter 15: Papaya Pork Soup
Chapter 16: Watermelon Fruits Boat – Dessert
Chapter 17: Fried Peach – Dessert
Chapter 18: Fried Banana – Dessert
Chapter 19: Papaya Egg Pudding – Dessert
Chapter 20: Banana Walnut Egg Roll – Dessert
Chapter 21: Papaya Fruits Boat – Dessert
Chapter 22: Fried Coconut Banana – Dessert

Essential Chinese Cooking: Authentic Chinese Recipes, Broken Down into Easy Techniques

By Jeremy Pang

Quadrille Publishing
Released: 2016-09-06
Hardcover (160 pages)

Essential Chinese Cooking: Authentic Chinese Recipes, Broken Down into Easy Techniques
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In Essential Chinese Cooking, acclaimed teacher and School of Wok founder, Jeremy Pang brings the authentic flavors of traditional Chinese cooking into your own kitchen. Throughout the six chapters Jeremy outlines the fundamental techniques of Chinese cooking, focusing on a range of delicious, simple-to cook, yet authentic Chinese recipes. It includes simplified techniques such as the Wok Clock, which is a revolutionary way of organizing your ingredients before you start to cook, that will help you turn out exceptional Chinese food in your own home—day in, day out.

Revolutionary Chinese Cookbook: Recipes from Hunan Province

By Fuchsia Dunlop

W W Norton Company
Hardcover (304 pages)

Revolutionary Chinese Cookbook: Recipes from Hunan Province
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Authentic recipes and fascinating tales from one of China's most vibrant culinary regions.

Fuchsia Dunlop is the author of the much-loved and critically acclaimed Sichuanese cookbook Land of Plenty, which won the British Guild of Food Writers’ Jeremy Round Award for best first book and which critic John Thorne called “a seminal exploration of one of China’s great regional cuisines.” Now, with Revolutionary Chinese Cookbook, she introduces us to the delicious tastes of Hunan, Chairman Mao’s home province.

Hunan is renowned for the fiery spirit of its people, its beautiful scenery, and its hearty peasant cooking. In a selection of classic recipes interwoven with a wealth of history, legend, and anecdote, Dunlop brings to life this vibrant culinary region. Look for late imperial recipes like Numbing-and-Hot Chicken, Chairman Mao’s favorite Red-Braised Pork, soothing stews, and a myriad of colorful vegetable stir-fries. 65 color illustrations

35 Chinese Chicken Recipes

By Jean Pardue

Released: 2012-08-06
Kindle Edition (97 pages)

35 Chinese Chicken Recipes
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35 Chinese Chicken Recipes - Quick & Easy Oriental Chicken Meals You Can Prepare Tonight!

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