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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.

    Baozi

  • 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 Healthy Wok Chinese Cookbook: Fresh Recipes to Sizzle, Steam, and Stir-Fry Restaurant Favorites at Home

By Charmaine Ferrara

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Released: 2017-05-23
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Enjoy Simple, Healthy Versions of Your Favorite Chinese Dishes with The Healthy Wok Chinese Cookbook

Chinese food is a favorite among many American families. But its harmonious fusion of sweet spice and tangy heat doesn’t have to go hand-in-hand with overly sugary sauces, extra salt, greasy meats, or undesired MSG.

When Charmaine Ferrara moved from Malaysia to America more than 15 years ago, she was struck by the difference between the American adaptation of Chinese food and the traditional Chinese fare she’d grown up on. Charmaine began experimenting with her wok, recalling how her mother and grandmother made dishes, to recreate the meals she was missing. Since then, she’s devoted herself to showing others how simple it is to create delicious Chinese recipes the way they were intended―fresh, flavorful, and light―and in her first Chinese cookbook, Charmaine does exactly that.

In The Healthy Wok Chinese Cookbook Charmaine has combined the flavors of her heritage with her passion and know-how. The Healthy Wok Chinese Cookbook makes it easy to enjoy healthy takes on classic Chinese food at home. From steaming to stir-fry, this Chinese cookbook will help you harness the simple power of your versatile wok to make more than 85 healthy, tasty dishes.

With The Healthy Wok Chinese Cookbook you will:

  • Quickly learn to make meals that swap out heavily battered ingredients and saturated fats for flavorful meats, fresh vegetables, and heart healthy oils
  • Enjoy the easy organization of chapters that follow the structure of a Chinese restaurant menu
  • Discover tips for buying and maintaining your wok so you can use it for years to come
  • Master a variety of techniques for cooking and stir-frying your favorite dishes

If you’re looking for a Chinese cookbook that offers healthy recipes with restaurant-quality taste, look no further than The Healthy Wok Chinese Cookbook.

Chinese Cookbook: Top 25 Real Home Cooking Chinese Recipes

By Jack Johns

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A common misconception amongst the Western people regarding Chinese cuisine is that they often consider it to be of a completely distinct and unique breed!

While all of the ingredients use ginger, spring onions, garlic, soy sauce, sugar, sesame oil, vinegar and bean paste, they always tend to combine everything through a highly distinctive method which alters the flavor to a great degree.

Staple foods of Chinese cuisine include but are not limited to

  • Rice - Primarily grown in Southern China, Rice is eaten by Chinese people almost every day. This is considered to be one of the major staple food in China.
  • Noodles - Noodles are considered as the basic staple food in China and they adore these, particularly in the Northern regions.
  • Tofu - Alternatively known as Bean Curd. These are made from water, curdling agent and soy milk and are good sources of protein, iron and calcium while being low in fat. Tofu has been a staple of Asian and Chinese cuisine since the ancient times and has now become popular amongst other regions as well.
  • Meat - While Chinese people tend to eat all kinds of eats ranging from duck, chicken, pigeon, beef to pork and mutton. They primarily tend to lean much more towards pork.

With that basic knowledge, you are now ready to explore the Chinese recipes and experiment them one by one to find your next favorite dish!

This book contains 25 of the best of the best Chinese recipes that you are going to find out there.

Each of these recipes is carefully chosen to ensure that they are not too difficult to make, so you should it be a breeze for you to experiment using them!

Inside we collected only best of the best Chinese recipes for:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Desserts
  • Snacks

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The Chinese Takeout Cookbook: Quick and Easy Dishes to Prepare at Home

By Diana Kuan

Diana Kuan
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

101 Asian Dishes You Need to Cook Before You Die: Discover a New World of Flavors in Authentic Recipes

By Jet Tila

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Named one of the Top 10 Cookbooks of 2017 by the Los Angeles Times!

Authentic Asian Cooking Made Simple for Everyone

Jet Tila knows a thing or two about authentic Asian cuisine. From a kid growing up in LA in a Thai and Chinese family to a prominent chef, restaurant owner and judge on Cutthroat Kitchen, he brings his years of experience and hard-earned knowledge together in this breakthrough book. Step inside Jet’s kitchen and learn the secrets to making your favorite Asian dishes taste better than takeout. Here are some of the recipes you’ll learn to master:

-Korean BBQ Short Ribs on Coke
-Jet’s Famous Drunken Noodles
-Beef Pho
-Miso Roasted Black Cod
-Panang Beef Curry
-Vietnamese Banh Mi Sandwich
-Sweet Chili Sriracha Hot Wings

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Dim Sum Cookbook: Easy to Follow Chinese Dim Sum Recipes

By Martha Stone

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Stir-Frying to the Sky's Edge: The Ultimate Guide to Mastery, with Authentic Recipes and Stories

By Grace Young

Grace Young
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Winner of the 2011 James Beard Foundation Award for International Cooking, this is the authoritative guide to stir-frying: the cooking technique that makes less seem like more, extends small amounts of food to feed many, and makes ingredients their most tender and delicious.

The stir-fry is all things: refined, improvisational, adaptable, and inventive. The technique and tradition of stir-frying, which is at once simple yet subtly complex, is as vital today as it has been for hundreds of years—and is the key to quick and tasty meals.

In Stir-Frying to the Sky’s Edge, award-winning author Grace Young shares more than 100 classic stir-fry recipes that sizzle with heat and pop with flavor, from the great Cantonese stir-fry masters to the culinary customs of Sichuan, Hunan, Shanghai, Beijing, Fujian, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Singapore, and Malaysia, as well as other countries around the world. With more than eighty stunning full-color photographs, Young’s definitive work illustrates the innumerable, easy-to-learn possibilities the technique offers—dry stir-fries, moist stir-fries, clear stir-fries, velvet stir-fries—and weaves the insights of Chinese cooking philosophy into the preparation of beloved dishes as Kung Pao Chicken, Stir-Fried Beef and Broccoli, Chicken Lo Mein with Ginger Mushrooms, and Dry-Fried Sichuan Beans.

Chinese Cooking: Favorite Chinese Takeout Recipes

By Sarah Spencer

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Stay in and prepare your favorite Chinese takeout recipes tonight! ***Black and White Edition***

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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Chinese Cooking - Foods of the World Series - SPIRAL RING RECIPE BOOKLET ONLY

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