Chinese Recipes That One Must Try
Basic Fried Rice
One of the first dishes anyone interested in Chinese cuisine should learn is fried rice. It is the foundation for many recipes and will give you experience with the wok or, if you don’t have one, quick cooking in your frying pan.
Fried rice is extremely simple and when starting with cooked rice takes just a few minutes to prepare. This recipe requires green onions, eggs, salt and pepper, and soy sauce or oyster sauce. You can add meat and other vegetables if you like and turn this side dish into a quick meal.
Oyster Sauce Chicken
As you explore Chinese recipes, you will notice that oyster sauce is a common ingredient. It brings the flavor of umami (earthy and rich) to a dish while adding a bit of sweet and salty. You can find it at almost any market that specializes in Asian foods and a bottle will last a very long time.
Oyster sauce chicken is a fantastic introduction to this essential ingredient. It’s a quick recipe that cooks chicken thighs and basic vegetables in a frying pan which are simmered in a sauce of oyster and soy sauces, wine, and broth; everything is then served over rice. It takes just around 30 minutes and a single pan, so it’s perfect for a busy night.
Pepper Steak Stir-Fry
Chicken appears in a number of Chinese dishes, but steak also has its place on a Chinese menu (and can easily be substituted for chicken in many recipes). For a dedicated steak recipe that is super easy, look no further than pepper steak.
For this recipe, you will simmer the meat for about 30 minutes in a soy broth before adding bell peppers and tomatoes. Add a little cornstarch, some garlic, and baby corn, and let this cook down to a gravy-like consistency. It’s fantastic and impressive, but no one will realize what little effort you put into it.
Basic Beef Stir-Fry
Stir-fry is a basic technique used in many Chinese recipes. It’s very easy and, essentially, it just means that you’re frying food quickly in oil while moving it around in the pan. Learn some stir-fry tips and cook in this style a few times and soon stir-frying will become second nature.
This recipe for stir-fried beef with three vegetables is the perfect example of a traditional beef stir-fry. You first marinate the meat in a mixture of soy sauce, rice wine, sesame oil, and cornstarch, then cook the beef and vegetables separately, and finally combine with a homemade sauce and a quick stir-fry.
If this recipe seems a bit intimidating since you need to make a marinade and sauce and chop vegetables before even beginning to cook the dish, you might want to practice with a store-bought stir-fry sauce like Kikkoman and a frozen vegetable mix. This will free you up to concentrate on technique rather than ingredients. Then once you get it down this recipe will be the ideal next step.
Orange Pork Chop Stir-Fry
Pork is a common ingredient in Chinese cuisine; you will find it in dumplings, egg rolls, and main dishes. You can also swap out the meat in almost any Chinese stir-fry recipe for pork and it will work beautifully. This orange chicken stir-fry uses pork chops which are easily cut into bite-sized cubes, and taste great in an orange sauce. For this stir-fry recipe, you will first marinate the pork and then stir-fry with vegetables in a soy and orange juice sauce.
You may have ordered kung pao chicken from the Chinese take-out restaurant and know it is a tasty dish with a spicy kick. But did you also know that it’s really easy to make at home?
The signature ingredient in kung pao is the Szechuan peppercorn, a fragrant spice that instead of adding a lot of heat causes a numb feeling in the mouth. Soy sauce, rice wine, and sesame oil are also on the ingredient list, and peanuts or cashews add a nice crunch to the finished dish. In this particular kung pao recipe the chicken is not deep-fried but stir-fried instead, making for a lighter and healthier dish.
Steaming is another popular method for preparing Chinese food and it creates a healthy, clean dish. This is where those round bamboo steamers can really come in handy. If you don’t have one yet, this recipe is a good excuse to add one to your kitchen cabinet.
This flavorful Cantonese steamed chicken is incredibly easy to make. After marinating chicken in a mix of soy sauce, wine, and sesame oil, you place it on the steamer tray along with some mushrooms. Add a little ginger and green onion and let it steam for about 20 minutes. It’s fantastic over the fried rice you just learned how to make!