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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

SOUP: 25 Recipes - Chinese,Moroccan, Italian,Thai, French, Jamaican & More (Amazing Recipes- Soups to die for Book 1)

By Teresa Mary Carr

Teresa Mary Carr
Released: 2015-11-17
Kindle Edition (60 pages)

SOUP: 25 Recipes - Chinese,Moroccan, Italian,Thai, French, Jamaican & More (Amazing Recipes- Soups to die for Book 1)
Product Description:
“SOUP” 25 Ultimate recipes to leave you mesmerized

“Soup”, I find it a great mystery why people only lean towards this fantastic wholesome avenue of nutrition only while they are looking to lose weight.
Soup is not only a passion of mine it is also one of my three main meals every single day. The varieties, textures, tastes are just mind blowing once you discover some of my all-time favourite soups.
I am guessing most of the people that have bought this book are just interested in the recipes and good on you for being so direct! As for those of you who want a little more insight into the history and origin of this delicacy, I shall open the history books for you and show you where what are about to cook is derived from.

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

By Naomi Imatome-Yun

Rockridge Press
Released: 2015-05-12
Kindle Edition (150 pages)

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

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!

Everyday Chinese Cooking: Quick and Easy Stir-Fry Wok Recipes

By Lina Chang

The Cookbook Publisher
Released: 2018-08-09
Kindle Edition (146 pages)

Everyday Chinese Cooking: Quick and Easy Stir-Fry Wok Recipes
Product Description:

Prepare Chinese food quickly and easily with these stir fry wok recipes. You’ll be amazed at how well they turn out!
Download FREE with Kindle Unlimited

Want a delicious, appealing, and healthy meal in just a few minutes? Got leftovers in your fridge you don’t know what to do with? Trying to avoid all the sodium in Chinese takeout?

Stir-frying at home is one of the best options!

Stir-frying keeps more nutrients in your food and gives vegetables a bright, vibrant color. Most recipes focus on filling and fiber-rich veggies mixed with just a little meat, making for healthier, less costly meals.

The traditional wok is the best pan for stir-frying, but your trusty old frying pan can give you satisfactory results as well. For authentic stir-fries, a wok will give you the best results

In this book, you will find everything you need to know about cooking with a Wok including:

•How to choose a wok
•How to season and maintain your wok
•The basic Wok cooking techniques
•The ingredients used in Chinese stir-fry cooking
•Cooking tips specific to stir-frying

There are a variety of recipes in this cookbook and you’re sure to find what will work for you. Some recipes lean more towards the traditional, while some lean more towards fusion. You’ll find some recipes that are mainstays in Chinese restaurants and some that may not be so familiar.

This collection includes over 60 of the most delicious Chinese stir-fry recipes there is including:

•Satisfying beef recipes like the Beef Chow Fun and the Beef with Tomatoes
•Traditional chicken recipes like the Kung Pao Chicken and the Honey Ginger Chicken
•Wholesome pork recipes such as the Pork in Hoisin Sauce and the Pork with Peking Sauce
•Delightful fish and seafood recipes such as the Fish in Oyster Sauce and the Ginger-Garlic Shrimp Stir-fry
•Easy to make vegetarian recipes such as the Easy Shiitake Stir-fry and the Spicy Szechuan Eggplant

All recipes come with a detailed list of ingredients, cooking and preparation times, number of servings, easy to follow step-by-step instructions, and nutritional information per serving.

Read on your favorite devices such as Kindle, iPhone, iPad, Android cellular phone, tablet, laptop, or computer with Amazon's free reading Kindle App.

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Chinese Takeout Cookbook: Classic Chinese Cooking

By Samantha Schwartz

New Wave Publishing
Released: 2018-06-18
Kindle Edition (96 pages)

Chinese Takeout Cookbook: Classic Chinese Cooking
Product Description:
Craving Chinese food? Rather than looking for the closest Chinese takeout restaurant, make your own Chinese takeout dishes at home, more affordably and equally delicious. Discover more than 50 Chinese takeout recipes, with simple, easy to follow, step-by-step directions.

Grab your copy today

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

By Lina Chang

The Cookbook Publisher
Released: 2016-03-21
Kindle Edition (136 pages)

Chinese Takeout Cookbook: Favorite Chinese Takeout Recipes to Make at Home (Takeout Cookbooks Book 1)
Product Description:

Prepare your favorite Chinese takeout recipes at home!
Download FREE with Kindle Unlimited!

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 the classic Fortune cookies or the Mango Pudding.

Read on your favorite devices such as Kindle, IPhone, IPad, Android Cellular phone, tablet, laptop, computer with Amazon's free Kindle App.

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