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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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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 Takeout Cookbook: Favorite Chinese Takeout Recipes to Make at Home (Takeout Cookbooks) (Volume 1)

By Lina Chang

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Paperback (136 pages)

Chinese Takeout Cookbook: Favorite Chinese Takeout Recipes to Make at Home (Takeout Cookbooks) (Volume 1)
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Prepare your favorite Chinese takeout recipes at home!

***BLACK AND WHITE EDITION***

Chinese food is one of the most popular cuisines in the world. Chinese takeout restaurants can be found everywhere on the planet. All major cities have their Chinatown, and more and more supermarkets carry Asian ingredients, making it easier to cook authentic Chinese dishes. When we get a craving for Chicken General Tso or Kung Pao Shrimp, we are just a phone call away. But wouldn’t it be amazing to make your favorites a home? Chinese cooking involves fresh ingredients, mixing delicate flavors and spices, and cooking techniques that are specific this cuisine. Learning to make your favorite Chinese takeout dish is easier than you might think. With the right ingredients, great recipes and step-by-step instructions, it can’t be easier than that. And that is what you will find in Chinese Takeout Cookbook: Favorite Chinese Takeout Recipes to Make at Home! No need to order anymore, just gather your ingredients and cooking tools, and start cooking!



Inside find:

  • Cooking tips for preparing delicious Chinese take-out dish
  • Ingredients used in Chinese food cooking
  • Cooking methods used to prepare Chinese meals
  • Cooking tools needed to prepare Chinese food
  • Mouth-watering appetizers like the Garlic Spareribs or the Classic Egg rolls
  • Traditional Chinese soups like the Wonton soup or the Hot and Sour Soup
  • Satisfying noodles and rice dishes like the Pork Chow Mein or the Yang Chow Fried Rice
  • Luscious pork recipes like the Shanghai Pork Chops or Moo Shu Pork
  • Favorite Beef recipes like the Beef and Broccoli or the Chinese Pepper Steak
  • Easy to prepare chicken and duck recipes like the Kung Pao Chicken or the Crispy Duck and Pancakes
  • Delightful fish and seafood meals like the Fish in Black Bean Sauce or the Shanghai Shrimp Stir-fry
  • Healthy vegetarian recipes like the Chinese Mixed Vegetables or the Salt and Pepper Tofu
  • Desserts including two classic Fortune cookies or the Mango Pudding.



Please note that for this edition of Chinese Takeout Recipes, all images are in BLACK and WHITE

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

By Naomi Imatome-Yun

Imatome Yun Naomi
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!

Every Grain of Rice: Simple Chinese Home Cooking

By Fuchsia Dunlop

W W Norton Company
Released: 2013-02-04
Hardcover (352 pages)

Every Grain of Rice: Simple Chinese Home Cooking
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A James Beard Award Winner

"A must-have for anyone who wants to cook Chinese food at home, home cooks and professionals alike." ―David Chang, Momofuku

Fuchsia Dunlop trained as a chef in China’s leading Sichuan cooking school and possesses the rare ability to write recipes for authentic Chinese food that you can make at home. Following her two seminal volumes on Sichuan and Hunan cooking, Every Grain of Rice is inspired by the vibrant everyday cooking of southern China, in which vegetables play the starring role, with small portions of meat and fish.

Try your hand at stir-fried potato slivers with chili pepper, vegetarian "Gong Bao Chicken," sour-and-hot mushroom soup, or, if you’re ever in need of a quick fix, Fuchsia’s emergency late-night noodles. Many of the recipes require few ingredients and are ridiculously easy to make. Fuchsia also includes a comprehensive introduction to the key seasonings and techniques of the Chinese kitchen. With stunning photography and clear instructions, this is an essential cookbook for everyone, beginner and connoisseur alike, eager to introduce Chinese dishes into their daily cooking repertoire.

150 color photographs

The Chinese Kitchen Garden: Growing Techniques and Family Recipes from a Classic Cuisine

By Wendy Kiang-Spray

Timber Press
Released: 2017-02-08
Paperback (240 pages)

The Chinese Kitchen Garden: Growing Techniques and Family Recipes from a Classic Cuisine
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“A delightful and approachable guide to Chinese kitchen gardening.”—Fuchsia Dunlop, author of Land of Plenty and Land of Fish and Rice
 
The Chinese Kitchen Garden, by Wendy Kiang-Spray artfully blends the story of her family’s cultural heritage with growing information for 38 Chinese vegetables and 25 traditional recipes. Organized by season, you’ll learn what to grow in spring and what to cook in winter. You’ll find complete growing information for vegetables you may not have considered growing, including lotus root, bamboo shoots, tatsoi, and luffa gourd. The 25 simple, yet delicious recipes—for congee, dumplings, stir fry, and more—beautifully highlight the flavors of the vegetables.
 

35 Chinese Food Recipes For Dinner - Delicious and Easy Chinese Recipes (The Amazing Chinese Food and Chinese Recipes Collection Book 1)

By Pamela Kazmierczak

Released: 2013-01-16
Kindle Edition (78 pages)

35 Chinese Food Recipes For Dinner - Delicious and Easy Chinese Recipes (The Amazing Chinese Food and Chinese Recipes Collection Book 1)
 
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Welcome to the first volume of the The Amazing Chinese Food and The Chinese Recipes Collection!!



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There are a total of 35 quick and easy recipes inside.


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Baked Chicken Wings with Hoisin Sauce

Sweet and Spicy Stir Fried Chicken

Fiery Pepper Chicken

Panang Curry with Chicken

Kung Pao Chicken

Ginger Plum Chicken

Sweet And Sour Chicken

General Tso’s Chicken

Moo Shu Chicken

Hawaiinne Beef Stew

Beef & Broccoli

Beef Lo Mein

Sesame Beef

Ginger & Garlic Flank Steaks





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

By Charmaine Ferrara

Rockridge Press
Released: 2017-05-23
Paperback (192 pages)

The Healthy Wok Chinese Cookbook: Fresh Recipes to Sizzle, Steam, and Stir-Fry Restaurant Favorites at Home
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Want to make easy, healthy Chinese food? Go for a wok.

In the time it takes to call for takeout, you could make a delicious Chinese dinner at home! The Healthy Wok Chinese Cookbook shows you how to create nourishing, satisfying versions of Chinese restaurant favorites using just a wok. With this one versatile pan, you can stir-fry meats, steam veggies, simmer soup, and more.

This Chinese cookbook uses lower sodium and sugar, heart-healthy oils, lean cuts of meat, and fresh produce―no deep-fryer or MSG in sight. Many recipes include substitutions and variations, so you can experiment with ingredients and customize flavors just the way you like them.

In The Healthy Wok Chinese Cookbook, you’ll find:

  • A complete wok walk-through―Master the techniques and tools for cooking Chinese cuisine in just one piece of cookware―a wok.
  • 88 favorite recipes―Using this Chinese cookbook, recreate popular restaurant dishes like Orange Chicken and Honey-Walnut Shrimp, or cook up Chinese family comfort food like Yangzhou Fried Rice and Steamed Egg with Ground Pork.
  • Stir-fried, not deep-fried―Keep meals nutritious by stir-frying―one of the healthiest cooking methods, since it uses lots of vegetables and very little oil.

Skip the takeout and enjoy quick, healthy Chinese food with The Healthy Wok Chinese Cookbook.

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

By Hsiao-Ching Chou

Sasquatch Books
Released: 2018-01-30
Hardcover (256 pages)

Chinese Soul Food: A Friendly Guide for Homemade Dumplings, Stir-Fries, Soups, and More
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Chinese soul food is classic comfort food you can't resist, and in this cookbook you'll find 80 recipes for favorites you can easily make any night of the week.

Chinese food is more popular than any other cuisine and yet it often intimidates North American home cooks. Chinese Soul Food draws cooks into the kitchen with recipes that include sizzling potstickers, stir-fries that are
unbelievably easy to make, saucy braises, and soups that bring comfort with a sip. These are dishes that feed the belly and speak the universal language of "mmm!" You'll find approachable recipes and plenty of tips for favorite homestyle Chinese dishes, such as red-braised pork belly, dry-fried green beans, braised-beef noodle soup, green onion pancakes, garlic eggplant, and the author's famous potstickers, which consistently sell out her cooking classes in Seattle. You will also find helpful tips and techniques, such as caring for and using a wok and how to cook rice properly, as well as a basic Chinese pantry list that also includes acceptable substitutions, making it even simpler for the busiest among us to cook their favorite Chinese dishes at home. Recipes are streamlined to minimize the fear factor of unfamiliar ingredients and techniques, and home cooks are gently guided toward becoming comfortable cooking satisfying Chinese meals. Any kitchen can be a Chinese kitchen!

Wok Cooking Made Easy: Delicious Meals in Minutes [Wok Cookbook, Over 60 Recipes] (Learn To Cook Series)

By Nongkran Daks

Nongkran Daks
Released: 2007-06-15
Spiral-bound (128 pages)

Wok Cooking Made Easy: Delicious Meals in Minutes [Wok Cookbook, Over 60 Recipes] (Learn To Cook Series)
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Prepare delicious wok dishes from China, Thailand, India and all across Asia with this easy-to-follow wok cookbook.

Mention "wok cooking," and one immediately visualizes a huge wok flying above a mighty flame. One also thinks Asian "comfort food"—with accompanying images of wholesome and thoughtfully prepared meals, eaten together with family members in the comfort of the home.

Wok stir-frying is one of the best and quickest cooking methods out there. Because of the intense heat required, the food is cooked rapidly, and its taste and nutritional value are preserved. Plus, it's single-dish cooking at it's finest!

In Wok Cooking Made Easy, you'll find nutritious and easy-to-prepare Asian wok recipes compiled for a Western audience.

Favorite wok recipes include:
  • Spinach with Garlic stir-fry
  • Hot and Spicy Sichuan Tofu
  • Sliced Fish with Mushrooms and Ginger
  • Classic Sichuan Chicken with Dried Chilies
  • Thai Fried Rice
  • Five Spice Chicken.

All of the recipes in this cookbook are light, healthy and tasty, nor do they require specialized skills to prepare. May this cookbook bring endless cooking pleasure as you venture into the world of Asian cuisine.


 
 
 

 
 
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