The Chinese have a long and fascinating culinary history. They have been growing rice grains and millet since as early as 5000 BC, which helped the early Chinese survive on rice wine, tea and porridge. Many of their ingredients were native to their land. Soon traders began importing wheat and meat products, till eventually in every province there would be varying versions of traditional Chinese recipes representative of their region. Today, Chinese cuisine has earned global respect and popularity for their rich and unique cooking styles. Chinese food is known to not only provide an extraordinary dining experience, but also a therapeutic combination of flavorful delight and nutrition. Aside from the staple fried rice and dim sum platters, among the other well-known examples of Chinese recipes are described in the menu below.
- Peking Duck is a popular dish that originated from Beijing. It is fun to eat because you get to prepare it yourself. The serving has the following components: a thin pancake on which you will lay the duck meat strips, a small amount of hoisin or sweet noodle sauce, and some shallots and spring onions. You will then roll this into a bun and enjoy every bite!
- Kung Pao Chicken traditionally consists of bite-sized chopped chicken pieces that were marinated and dusted with cornstarch, diced bell peppers, carrots, cabbage, celery, chili peppers and Sichuan peppercorns. The sauce is a mixture of sherry wine, soy sauce and oyster sauce. Tofu, shrimp and beef can also be used in place of chicken.
- Beef Chow Mein is a variety of stir-fried noodles that makes use of beef meat among other possibilities like chicken, shrimp, pork, or plain vegetables with tofu. It can be steamed or crispy depending on the noodles used. This dish mixes bold flavors of onions, scallions, celery, broccoli, cabbage and even mushrooms in soy sauce.
- Szechuan Ginger Beef is a spicy Chinese dish representative of the region from where it originated. It is made of marinated beef strips covered in a vinegar and sugar-based sauce. First the beef strips are stir-fried with garlic, onion and ginger. Vegetables are mixed in and ground pepper is added to flavor. Cornstarch is used to come up with a more tender meat, while longer deep frying time will achieve a degree of crispiness you might prefer instead.
- Sweet and Sour Pork for some chefs can be a tricky dish to perfect, and thus this has been for some time a recipe used to test their culinary skills. The sauce, which is a thick combination of soy sauce, ketchup and white vinegar, will clash with the sweet pineapple if not mixed right. It is served with green bell peppers, big slices of onion and cubed pork.
Chinese recipes are festive, generous in servings and are very easy to make. A traditional Chinese dinner can be enjoyed anytime with your family and friends because one, you are certain that there is always a Chinese restaurant nearby where you can ask for Chinese delivery; two, who hasn’t experienced the good ol’ late-night Chinese take-out? And finally, Chinese food ingredients never run out in the market. Grab a Chinese cookbook while you’re at it and choose from the vast selection of nutritious and satisfying dishes.