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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: Ci).

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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Chinese Home Cooking: The Easy Cookbook To Prepare Over 100 Tasty, Traditional Wok And Modern Chinese Recipes At Home (Spanish Edition)

By Adele Tyler

Nicybooks Di Luca Biande
Released: February 11th, 2021
Hardcover (152 pages)

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  • ISBN: 1801911932
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  • Number of Pages: 152
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Healthy Wok Chinese Cookbook for Beginners: Simple Chinese Wok Recipes for Stir-frying, Dim Sum, Steaming, and Other Restaurant Food Favorites

By Lim Chou

Independently published
Released: February 15th, 2021
Paperback (290 pages)

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  • EAN: 9798707648373
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  • Number of Pages: 290
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Essential Wok Cookbook: A Simple Chinese Cookbook for Stir-Fry, Dim Sum, and Other Restaurant Favorites

By Naomi Imatome-Yun

Rockridge Press
Released: May 8th, 2015
Paperback (150 pages)

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  • ISBN: 162315605X
  • EAN: 9781623156053
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  • Format: Illustrated
  • Edition: Illustrated
  • Number of Pages: 150
  • Author: Naomi Imatome-Yun
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Complete Chinese Cookbook

By Ken Hom

Firefly Books
Released: August 14th, 2015
Paperback (352 pages)

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  • ISBN: 1770855831
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  • Edition: Reprint
  • Number of Pages: 352
  • Author: Ken Hom
  • Publication Date: August 14th, 2015
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Easy Chinese Cookbook: Restaurant Favorites Made Simple

By Chris Toy

Rockridge Press
Released: May 5th, 2020
Paperback (158 pages)

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  • ISBN: 1646115872
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  • Number of Pages: 158
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Easy Wok Cookbook: 88 Simple Chinese Recipes for Stir-frying, Steaming and More

By Terri Dien

Rockridge Press
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  • ISBN: 1641526947
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  • Authors: Terri Dien, Mia Chambers
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Chinese Homestyle: Recipes For The Modern Kitchen

By Flo Lum

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Chinese Soul Food: A Friendly Guide for Homemade Dumplings, Stir-Fries, Soups, and More

By Hsiao-Ching Chou

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

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