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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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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!

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!

Yan-Kit's Classic Chinese Cookbook

By Yan-kit So

DK
Released: 2015-01-26
Hardcover (256 pages)

Yan-Kit s Classic Chinese Cookbook
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Learn to cook traditional Chinese food with this extensive collection of authentic Chinese recipes from Chinese cookery expert Yan-kit So. Dim-sum, dumplings, Cantonese food — you name it — this classic book has every recipe and cooking method you need to prepare delicious, authentic Chinese food.

With thirty years as a favorite in home kitchens everywhere, Yan-Kit's Classic Chinese Cookbook is a staple for cooking traditional Chinese food. Now this bestselling cookbook is reborn with wonderful photography that makes cooking Chinese food recipes understandable and simple. Even inexperienced cooks can find easy recipes in this complete collection, and more experienced chefs will find plenty to challenge and delight them as well.

Step-by-step instructions, tips and techniques, and complete menu ideas make Yan-Kit's Classic Chinese Cookbook inviting for home cooks of all skill levels: Find a new favorite dim-sum recipe, learn a great technique for dumplings, or polish your proficiency in the art of delicious Cantonese food. Yan-Kit's proficiency and expertise in cooking authentic Chinese food makes her the ideal chef to begin a journey into cooking Chinese food, and a trusted ally in guiding you in more expert Chinese dishes.

Chinese Cooking: Favorite Chinese Takeout Recipes

By Sarah Spencer

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Paperback (184 pages)

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

By Lina Chang

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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.



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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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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.



 
 
 

 
 
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