A Guide to Delicious Chinese Food

Chinese Food

Chinese food

Traditional Chinese food is one of the foods that always has to be fresh. Chinese food is rich in diversified color, excellent taste, and aromatic flavor. Chinese foods are mostly filled with large quantities of herbs, spices, seafood, grass-fed meats, and vegetables. The Chinese people avoid eating frozen food. Chinese consider that their food is the most delicious and healthy in the world. They believe that eating Chinese food can bring closeness and harmony to relationships and family. It is highly addictive because of MSG (Monosodium glutamate used as a flavor enhancer) in their foods.

Chow Mein

Chow Mein is the stir-fried cuisine consisting up of the noodle, beef, vegetables, celery, and sausages. It is mainly served as the most important dish in Chinese restaurants. It has the spicy taste of fried flavors.

Chow Mein is started in Northern China in the 1850s when Chinese immigrants brought the recipe to American restaurants.

The ingredients for making this are chicken breast, vegetables, peanut oil, carrot, green onion, beans, chow Mein noodles, and water. For the sauce, ingredients are corn flour, soy sauce, oyster sauce, Chinese cooking wine, sugar, sesame oil, and white paper.

IngredientQuantity
Chow mein noodles8 oz
Chicken breasts (boneless, skinless)1 cup, cooked and shredded
Vegetables (chopped)1 cup (broccoli, carrots, peppers – your choice!)
Soy sauce2 tablespoons
Oyster sauce1 tablespoon
Sesame oil1 teaspoon
Vegetable oil1 tablespoon
Ginger (minced)1 tablespoon
Garlic (minced)1 teaspoon
Salt & pepperTo taste
Chow Mein Ingredient

The method for this is to heat oil over high heat. Add garlic and make it brown. Add chicken and fry it. Now add the vegetables and fry them. Then, add the noodles to the mixture and stir. Put it from the heat and serve.

Dumplings

Dumplings is a small ball of dough that may be fried, boiled or baked in a casserole. The taste of the cuisine depends on the sweet or spicy depending on the kind of filling they are filled with.

It is invented by a famous doctor of traditional Chinese medicine, named Zhang Zhongjing 1800 years ago in China.

The ingredients for making this are purpose flour, salt, warm water, red cabbage, red onion, cloves garlic, ginger, soy sauce, sesame oil, mushrooms, and carrots.   

CategoryIngredient
WrapperAll-purpose flour, Water
Filling (Choose one or combine)Ground meat (pork, chicken, etc.), Chopped vegetables (cabbage, scallions, etc.), Shrimp (chopped), Tofu (crumbled)
SeasoningSoy sauce, Sesame oil, Ginger (minced), Garlic (minced), Salt, Pepper
Dumplings Ingredient

The method for this is: Make the dough first and then convert it into four equal parts. Now roll the dough on a flat surface and knead until it gets smooth. Now cut it into 8 or 9 parts. Mix all the ingredients well and fill them in the dough pieces. Cook them in the oil over the high flame. Now, make the sauce separately for serving with the dumpling and enjoy.

Fried rice

It is one of the most simple but delicious and most famous foods in the Chinese world. A cuisine is a dish of boiled fried rice along with minced meat, scallions, and the quickly scrambled along with eggs.

The fried rice was prepared first during the Sui dynasty in china.

It has different flavors, but the most liked flavors are as follows:

Cantonese fried rice: in this type of fried rice, the Chinese mix fried rice along with the preserved meat, minced garlic, and sausages.

Fujian fried rice: in this type of fried rice, Chinese mix fried rice with chicken, mushrooms, braised shrimp, scallops, carrots, tomatoes, egg, and potato starch by making the thick sausage.

CategoryIngredient
RiceCooked and chilled white or brown rice (preferably day-old)
Protein (Optional)Eggs (beaten), Cooked and chopped chicken, pork, shrimp, tofu
VegetablesChopped onions, carrots, peas, corn, green beans (or your choice)
AromaticsMinced garlic, ginger
SeasoningsSoy sauce, Oyster sauce (optional), Sesame oil, Salt, Pepper
FatCooking oil (vegetable, peanut, etc.)
Fried Rice Ingredients

Yeung Chow fried rice: in this type of fried rice, the rice is mixed with ham sausage, shrimp, green beans, carrots, and scrambled with eggs and it is the most popular cuisine in Chinese restaurants.

Hot pot

It is one of the most liked cuisines by Chinese people. You will find the people barely who don’t like this. It is the soup food or stew of vegetables and meat that is cooked in a simmering pot of soup stock. It has also a variety of flavors.

China is considered as the home of the hotspot and the tradition came from the horsemen and Mongol warriors who camped outside and had combined dinner around the pot placed on the fire about 800-900 years ago.

CategoryIngredient
BrothPre-made hot pot broth OR Make your own with
Chicken/beef/pork broth
Aromatics (ginger, scallions, garlic)
Spices (optional: Sichuan peppercorns, star anise, chili flakes)
MeatSliced thinly (beef, lamb, pork, etc.)
SeafoodShrimp, mussels, fish balls, etc.
VegetablesLeafy greens (bok choy, spinach), mushrooms, root vegetables (carrots, potatoes), etc.
Tofu & OtherTofu puffs, aburage (fried tofu pouches), fish tofu, etc.
Noodles & DumplingsWontons, rice noodles, udon noodles, etc.
Dipping SauceSoy sauce, sesame oil, chili oil, scallions, cilantro, other condiments
Hot pot Ingredients

There is a numerous number of Chinese hot pot. The basic ingredients for making this are leafy greens, hearty greens, root vegetables, mushrooms, Tofu, tomatoes, corn meats, beef, lamb, chicken, seafood, and many more. You can make several different hot pots from these basic ingredients of the choice of your own.

Kung Pao chicken

It is the most typical Chinese food served in restaurants and is made with peanuts, vegetables, cubes of chicken, and oil peppers. It tastes sour, savory, and sweet along with the signature tangle of heat.

It is formed by the Chinese’s Burmese immigrant couple named Peggy Cherng and Andrew and is began in the Sichuan province of southwestern China that including Sichuan peppercorns in 1983.

The ingredients used for this cuisine are chicken , soy sauce, baking soda, cornflour, black vinegar, dark soy sauce, Chinese Shaoxing wine, hoisin sauce, sugar, ginger, red bell pepper, dried chilies, onion, and unsalted peanuts.

CategoryIngredient
ChickenBoneless, skinless chicken breasts (cubed)
MarinadeCornstarch, Soy sauce, Shaoxing wine (or sherry), Sesame oil (optional)
VegetablesDried red chilies, Peanuts (cashews can be substituted), Garlic (minced), Green onions (chopped)
SauceChicken broth, Soy sauce, Chinese black vinegar (or balsamic vinegar), Oyster sauce (optional), Sugar, Cornstarch, Chili crisp (optional)
Kung Pao chicken

The method for making this is: gather all the ingredients for the chicken in the bowl and marinate it for 10 minutes. Heat the oven and add two tbsp. of cooking oil, now fry the chicken for almost 2-3 minutes. Now remove the heat and set it aside. Now fry ginger, garlic, and chili diced papers in the pan. Wait for the mixture to get thicken and add the chicken in it and mix it. Now, mix the green onions, sea some oil, and peanuts. Cook it for almost 5 minutes and serve with fried rice.

Spring rolls

It is the filled rolled used as the appetizers and snacks. Their name is linked to the Chinese New Year and has the custom of Chinese to mark out the rolls at the end of winter and the beginning of spring.

A cuisine has the widest history in china. It is said that in the past, people made the roles with flour and eat them with the vegetables on the day of the beginning of spring. This is why it is known as the name “spring rolls” in China and worldwide.

CategoryIngredient
WrapperSpring roll wrappers (round rice paper sheets)
* Vegetables**Shredded carrots, cucumber, cabbage, bean sprouts
* Protein**Cooked and shredded chicken, pork, shrimp, tofu (optional)
* Noodles**Rice vermicelli noodles (soaked and softened)
Fresh HerbsChopped mint, cilantro, basil (optional)
SeasoningSoy sauce, Oyster sauce (optional), Sesame oil (optional)
Spring Roll Ingredients

The flavor consists up of the filling of rolls, it could be either sweet or spicy. For a sweet filling, you can use sweetened bean paste as a good option. For a spicy flavor, you can use shredded bamboo shoots and mushrooms as a good sauce.

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