Top 10 Recipes that must be tried
Being able to cook Chinese food in your own kitchen allows you to choose what goes into your dish, making it much healthier than takeout food, which is usually deep-fried and full of sodium. However, many Chinese dishes are not as easy to make as they look on the screen; they may have complex methods of preparation and require certain ingredients that may be hard to find in your local grocery stores, such as Sichuan peppercorns or fresh lemongrass.
#1 – Dim Sum
One of China’s most famous dishes is Dim Sum, which literally means the heart’s delight. As one of China’s most widely recognized contributions to modern cuisine, dim sum has become a widespread international favorite in both East Asian and Western countries alike. If you have yet to try any of these mouthwatering dishes, then our Top 10 recipes are just what you need. Here at Chinezimmer Restaurant, our all-star team is here to ensure your dining experience exceeds expectations. We pride ourselves on delivering authentic Chinese food while bringing it up to date with our eclectic approach to flavors and ingredients. So don’t wait a minute longer! Book now and let us take care of all your dining needs; we guarantee you won’t regret it!
#2 – Mapo Tofu
One of China’s most famous dishes, and often called the national dish of its Sichuan province, mapo tofu is nothing short of spicy perfection. It’s a creamy, melt-in-your-mouth dish that contains chopped beef and pork with ground Sichuan pepper and chili flakes to make your mouth water for more. To further spice things up, it includes hot peppers – hence its name: mapo (which means ma la in Chinese). Don’t worry; you don’t have to take out an extra loan to pay for it. There are plenty of affordable restaurants serving mapo tofu for only about six dollars a plate.
#3 – Roast Duck
Roast duck is a traditional Chinese dish. Duck is one of those foods people really love or really hate. If you are in any way squeamish about eating things with bones, then you should avoid roast duck because it has a lot of small bones. However, if you are not at all squeamish and have an appetite for unique meals (and do not care what your table looks like afterward), then you will enjoy roast duck. It is also a good option if you want to impress your friends at a dinner party since few people outside of China know how to make it properly.
#4 – Steamed Buns
Baozi (包子) or bing, which is another name for steamed bread made from flour and water. The Chinese eat it almost every day with their rice porridge for breakfast. There are different kinds of buns, such as white-sugar buns, meat-filled ones, fish-flavored ones, bean paste buns, and more. Many varieties can also be found on street carts in Beijing at night market; there is even a particular type of flatbread filled with hot sauce!
#5 – Wonton Soup
Many Chinese restaurants serve wonton soup as an appetizer. You might think it’s just a bowl of broth with a few dumplings in it, but you’d be wrong. The key to making wonton soup is getting broth and filling ratios just right; too much or too little liquid in your dish, and it won’t taste as good. Making wontons takes a little skill, but if you can master that part, making soup is quite easy. Try different types of toppings for variety!
#6 – Fried Rice
Fried rice is popular street food in most of China and it is one of my personal favorites. Fried rice can be eaten as a main dish, but I generally prefer to eat it for lunch or dinner because fried rice is so filling. The most important step when cooking fried rice is to make sure you stir-fry all your ingredients together thoroughly before adding any soy sauce, or else you will have large chunks of white rice at the bottom and brown rice at the top. Most Chinese recipes tend to have some kind of meat, but fried rice has no meat so if you want to add some protein make sure it’s already cooked.
#7 – Egg Rolls
Chinese egg rolls are considered to be some of the tastiest Chinese food you can order. A popular way to eat them is by dipping them in a special sweet and sour sauce. If you’re lucky, they may even provide a side of hot mustard! Egg rolls are also a good starter dish because you can eat an entire egg roll in one bite – otherwise known as rolling your own egg roll. Go ahead, try it for yourself! We think you’ll like it! But don’t take our word for it, give them a try and let us know what you think when you’re done!
#8 – Hot & Sour Soup
Hot & Sour Soup is a traditional Chinese dish that has been around for centuries. Made with mushrooms, bamboo shoots, ground pork, and shredded bamboo leaves, along with many other ingredients including wood ear fungus and tofu to name a few. It’s one of those dishes where there are no hard rules – use whatever ingredients you want! The taste can vary significantly depending on what is added or omitted. A vegetarian version of Hot & Sour Soup can easily be made by substituting tofu for meat. However it is traditionally served, I hope you enjoy my version! 🙂
#9 – Chow Mein
Chinese dumplings, also known as Jiaozi and Guotie in Chinese are another favorite dish for many. They can be eaten on their own or with a variety of flavors such as crab, pork, cabbage, spinach, and chicken. #9 – Chow Mein: Chow Mein is a traditional Chinese dish consisting of egg noodles stir-fried in a mixture of vegetables and meat. The word chow mein literally means stir-fried noodles. #8 – Egg Rolls: Egg rolls are small-sized appetizers consisting of julienned vegetables (usually Napa cabbage) wrapped around meat with dough usually made from wheat flour.
#10 – Dumplings
The word dumpling is an English term for various kinds of filling, folded or wrapped dishes and dumplings are part of world cuisine.
They may consist of meat (usually minced), fish, vegetables, cheese, or sweets. Dumplings can be cooked by boiling, frying, or steaming. They may come with a dipping sauce or packed in soup.
In Cantonese cuisine and Middle Eastern cuisine, they are called Jiaozi and are often eaten as part of a dim sum meal.