Chinese recipes

Where to Find Chinese Recipes

Finding Chinese recipes is usually pretty easy.
Chinese food is loved all around the world and many
people are more than willing to pass on their favorite
recipes.

These can be in cookbooks, on television shows, and on
the Internet. If you are new to Chinese cooking, you
might want to try out a few free recipes before
spending any money on a new book though.

For a beginner who really wants to learn the basics of
Chinese cooking and find some great and easy recipes,
nothing can beat the Internet. There are tons of
websites out there that have nothing but recipes for
all kinds of cuisine.

Many are specially geared toward Chinese food. Some
might make you register with the site but most give
you recipes for free. You can print them out or save
them for when you are ready to start cooking.

Television is a great way to learn about Chinese
recipes and what it takes to make them. The food
networks get a lot of ratings with Chinese cooking
shows and competitions.

The food is interesting to watch being made and always
looks delicious. It can be hard to write down a recipe
while watching someone cook it so a digital recorder
can help make sure you don’t miss anything.

The old fashioned way is sometimes the best way. A
nice Chinese recipe cookbook can’t be beat most of the
time. If you get a very large one, you can pick and
choose from any Chinese dish you can imagine.

They often include common substitutions and cooking
tips as well as helpful advice for the beginner.

Types of Chinese Recipes

Chinese recipes come in thousands of different
varieties. Everyone has their favorite dish but every
restaurant you go to will have a different recipe for
it.

This can be a pain if you are trying to recreate it
and you might have to try a couple different times to
get it just right. The best recipes have been handed
down through family lines and it may be hard to get
them without shelling out some cash for a cookbook.

The standard types of Chinese recipes are rice,
noodle, meat, seafood, and vegetable. There are also
recipes that belong to the many different regions of
China. Your Lo Mein in Beijing might taste nothing
like your Lo Mein in Shanghai.

Regions play a very important role in different
Chinese recipes. Many restaurants incorporate the
various regions into their menu so you can get a feel
for what is popular all over the different areas of
China.

The Northern regions use more wheat and noodles as
opposed to the Southern regions which use a lot of
rice and rice flour in their dishes. China is a huge
country so the climate in the North is much different
than the South.

Spices play a key role in many types of Chinese
recipes as well. A familiar spicy dish is the famous
Kung Pao. Used with shrimp or chicken usually, this
type of recipe is made with pepper sauce and the level
of heat can vary.

Even with the regions and spices involved, Chinese
recipes still usually are rice or noodle based and
have a meat and vegetable accompanying or mixed with
it. Soups and pancakes are an exception and are great
recipes to try out.

Good Chinese Recipes for Beginners

Choosing a good Chinese recipe can be hard if you have
never prepared much Chinese food in the past. With
ingredients you may not be used to and cooking styles
you are unfamiliar with, it might seem a little scary
when looking through recipes.

It’s best to start with something easy and fun unless
you are an experienced cook or you know exactly what
you want. If you absolutely love pot stickers, you
might try making those.

For most people, the best Chinese recipes to start
with are single course dishes. The easiest are usually
rice, a few vegetables and one kind of meat.

If you get more complex than that, you might have too
much going on at once and it can feel overwhelming.
It’s very easy to start some rice and cook your meal
while the rice is cooking.

Rice usually takes about 20 minutes and it should take
about that long to cut some meat and vegetables and
get them cooking. Stir fry is the easiest thing to
cook. It’s basically meat and vegetables seared over
high heat while stirring constantly.

When choosing a Chinese recipe, you should keep in
mind how many people you are going to feed. If it’s
just a meal for one or two, you can get a little
fancier and try a couple different types of sauce.

If you are feeding kids, you can’t go wrong with
something familiar like sweet and sour chicken. If you
try to serve up a bunch of Chinese bean pancakes, the
kids might protest.

It’s always best to start small and try something
familiar.

Fun Chinese Recipes for Kids

There are a lot of Chinese recipes out there that are
not only familiar but very fun to make. From egg rolls
to won tons, not only are they delicious but you can
get the entire family involved in the cooking process.

Kids love to make egg rolls and won tons and enjoy
having the freedom to put their own ingredients
inside.

A fun way to change around your typical egg roll
recipe is to let your family decide what goes into
them. You can use anything from cheddar cheese and ham
to peanut butter and jelly.

The fun part is the rolling. It’s a great family
experience to sit together and create something. Even
if it doesn’t turn out perfect, it’s the effort that
makes it great.

Won tons are basically smaller and differently shaped
egg rolls and are a lot of fun to make too. Even a 4
year old can make a won ton so families of all ages
can do this together.

Traditionally, won tons have ground pork, onions, and
special Chinese vegetables and seasoning but just like
egg rolls, you can mix it up a little.

Some cream cheese or frosting inside and some cinnamon
and sugar can make for an interesting treat that
everyone will like.

For older kids, you can teach them to make almost
anything if they are willing. They can help chop
vegetables, learn to cook rice, or even make a stir
fry with little help.

It can be very rewarding to have your family help in
the kitchen and it might even become a hobby or career
for them one day.

Chinese Vegetable Recipes

Chinese vegetable recipes are very popular these days
because everyone is always on a diet. With the right
recipes on hand, you could easily drop a few pounds a
month by eating delicious Chinese food a couple times
a week.

Many people immediately think of things like bamboo
shoots, water chestnuts, and bok choy. While these are
common Chinese vegetables, not that many recipes use
them.

They are just usually prepackaged in the frozen food
section with anything that says Chinese on it. There
are many more vegetables you can use to give your
recipes a distinctly Chinese flavor.

Chinese cabbage is one of the best tasting and useful
vegetables you can buy. It’s not as tangy or large as
normal cabbage and has a great flavor.

You can use this in salads, soups and stir fry to add
a more authentic Chinese taste and look to your food
or improve any standard Chinese recipe. It doesn’t
hold up well under high heat so it should always be
added last.

A great way to make your Chinese recipe really special
is to add a handful of fresh snow pea pods. These are
very sweet and are commonly found in soups like won
ton. They can really add something special to any stir
fry and go great with seafood.

Every grocery store has a section that will have some
Chinese vegetables. If you like the taste of ginger,
it can be used to spice up almost any recipe you have.

It can be overpowering though. You will also see many
things that look like leeks and green onions. If you
don’t know what they are, it doesn’t hurt to buy some,
take it home and find a recipe for it. You might find
a new favorite vegetable!

Chinese Rice Recipes

Rice has always been a traditional part of Chinese
life. It’s cheap, filling, tastes great, and can be
used in many different ways.

Everyone has had steamed rice and fried rice and those
two very simple dishes are a great addition to many
different meals. More popular in the warmer Southern
China, rice is grown all over the place and it has
been for thousands of years.

If you have a Chinese rice recipe that sounds great,
just take your time and learn to cook rice first.

Many people think rice is simple to cook and very hard
to mess up. That couldn’t be farther from the truth.
Rice can be completely ruined in many ways.

There could be too much water, too little water, it
can be overcooked, undercooked, and burnt. Anyone who
has had restaurant quality rice and then tried to
recreate it has learned this lesson.

Chinese recipes usually call for a specific type of
rice that is cooked a certain way. If you think your
jasmine rice will taste just as good a little crunchy,
you are very wrong.

Improperly cooked rice can annihilate even the most
delicious Chinese recipe and the reaction from friends
and family might turn you off from cooking Chinese
food for a long time.

The easiest way to cook rice is with a rice cooker.
These are fairly cheap and automatically shut off when
the rice is finished.

You can never mess your rice up again as long as you
follow the directions of the machine and the rice
itself.

By adding perfect rice to accompany a great Chinese
recipe, you will have a much better reaction from
everyone who eats it.

Chinese Recipes

Chinese recipes for cooking are some of the most
interesting and delicious types you can find.

From your standard stir fry to more exotic dishes with
shrimp or duck, Chinese recipes are sure to be a big
hit at your dinner table or any type of get together.

There are thousands of Chinese recipes out there you
can find in cookbooks, on television, or on the
Internet.

Chinese recipes are often handed down throughout the
generations and some have origins that date back
thousands of years. Granted, there wasn’t near the
technology we have today with electric woks, rice
cookers, and deep fryers but the recipes remain
unchanged.

Chinese recipes have a very rich history and cultural
heritage but many were created by the lower class who
worked very hard and needed to have a good meal. This
is why so many Chinese recipes revolve around China’s
main food staple. Rice.

Rice is a very important part of Chinese recipes. Not
just for it’s filling properties but because the
climate in China is perfect for rice.

It grows fairly fast and has a high yield making it
the perfect food to accompany a meat or seafood dish.
By adding rice, a meal for two can easily become a
meal for five. This is accomplished in the same way by
using another staple of Chinese food which is noodles.

Chinese recipes vary from being easy to taking hours
upon hours to prepare. If you are not used to Chinese
cooking, you may need to buy some new cookware that is
suitable for what you will be making.

A wok is very handy for stir fry and deep fried dishes
and is a lot less messy than your standard frying pan.
With a little trial and error, you can make many
different Chinese recipes a fun new addition to your
menu.

Chinese Recipe Tips

Chinese recipes usually call for very specific
ingredients and ways to cook everything. There are
many tips you can use to save time and money and still
have a top notch meal or add ingredients to make a
good meal great.

You can cut corners on rice, kinds of oil, even the
kind of meats you use. Many people take the meat out
of a recipe and call it vegetarian.

A delicious alternative to regular cooking oil is
sesame oil. Just a few drops mixed with your normal
oil or used by itself, sesame oil makes any dish have
a very unique flavor.

Shrimp cooked in vegetable oil tastes like greasy
shrimp but shrimp cooked in sesame oil taste like a
Chinese treat. Sesame oil has a strong and unique
flavor that many people automatically associate with
Chinese food.

It is higher in fat so if you are on a diet, it might
not be a good choice.

Rice is common in all kinds of Chinese recipes. If you
make a lot of Chinese food, you can cook a lot more
rice than you know you will use.

You can freeze this excess rice and use it later on
for fried rice. This will save you the trouble of
cooking a whole new batch and it tastes just as good.

Don’t be afraid to change recipes. If you have a great
recipe for chicken, try using crab or shrimp next time
or changing some vegetables around.

You might have just created your own unique recipe!
This can be a lot of fun and the more familiar with
Chinese recipes you get, the better your creations
will be.

Chinese Recipe Cookware Substitutions

So, you have got a great Chinese recipe you want to
try out but you realize you are not prepared at all
for the demands of Chinese cooking.

Well, there are many ways you can recreate what you
should have with what you might have on hand. This
goes for cookware as well as actual food ingredients.

An important part of cooking any Chinese recipe to
perfection is to use the right cookware. Many people
don’t own a wok or rice cooker however and will have
to use what they have in the kitchen.

A normal frying pan can work as a wok but it’s best to
use a very deep frying pan that is at least 1 and a
half inches deep.

Woks rely on oil and high heat to cook meat and
vegetables and if you use a shallow pan, grease will
get all over and might even spill out and start on
fire. That’s no good at all.

For rice, a normal saucepan will work but you need to
make sure you have a tight fitting lid. Tin foil over
the top will work in an emergency but can burn you and
is not recommended.

Many Chinese recipes call for a meat or seafood to be
breaded and deep fried. Without a deep fryer, you are
going to have a mess no matter what.

The deepest cooking pot or saucepan you have will work
but will probably splash all over no matter how you
try to contain it.

These are basic solutions but having the proper
equipment can really make a difference. An electric
wok is very easy to clean and can also be used to deep
fry.

A rice cooker really isn’t necessary unless you truly
can’t cook rice. Buy what you need and have fun with
your new recipes.

Chinese Noodle Recipes

Chinese noodle recipes can be very fun to make and the
entire family can get involved. Many Chinese noodle
recipes call for fresh homemade noodles.

These are very easy to make. They usually use wheat or
rice flour mixed with water and maybe some egg or milk
(depending on the recipe) and then they get rolled out
and cut.

Of course, before you start on a recipe that calls for
these types of noodles, you might want a recipe for
the noodles themselves.

These are in most cookbooks and all over the Internet.
You should be able to find the perfect one in just
minutes.

In addition to rice, noodles are very important to
Chinese culture and are a part of many different types
of Chinese recipe.

From very easy dishes that are just noodles, meat,
vegetables and sauce to complex dishes that use very
specific types of noodles, they are usually delicious.

Noodles are typically boiled after they are made.
Sometimes, a recipe might call for them to be fried in
some kind of oil until they are crispy.

Chinese noodles cook a lot faster than Italian pasta
because the ingredients are different and the shapes
vary greatly.

The boiled noodles can be used in soups, stir fry,
with a hearty sauce, or almost anything. Noodles can
also be substituted for rice in many different dishes.

You can always buy noodles from the store or an Asian
market for your cooking and this decreases the time
you will spend in the kitchen and is a lot less mess.

For families with kids, making the noodles from
scratch can be a fun bonding experience and might help
get your kids interested in all types of cooking.