Focused on minimal fuzz and maximum impact, all Chinese recipes incorporate seasonal and fresh vegetables, fish/meats, rice, and noodles. The result is perfectly balanced, flavourful, delicious, fragrant and wholesome meals, which keep you coming back for more, no matter how many times you have eaten it.
It is for this reason that the popularity of Chinese food has spread rapidly worldwide. With the Chinese takeaway being the ethnic staple on the high streets of cities internationally.
So when you pick up the phone, to call your local Chinese restaurant, with your stomach rumbling and preparing for the joys of the meal to follow, it is unlikely that you think about when the dish was invented.
Much of China’s cuisine has been cultivated over thousands of years and has now created a melting pot of cooking styles, techniques, and flavours.
Fast Chinese food ready in minutes. Photo source Unsplash.
Chinese cuisine is full of a diverse collection of unique flavours, which blend together and enhance each other to create the delicious Chinese recipes that we have come to know and love. When eating Chinese food you may not always recognise the different tastes but some of the essential ingredients are:
Ingredients for Chinese cooking
The rich flavours in Chinese food recipes which were once a mystery, difficult to buy and intimidating to cook, are no longer restricted to just to the Chinese restaurant, takeout or kitchen. You can now buy previously top-secret ingredients at your local supermarket. Chinese pre-prepared meals and off the shelf products are fast and make it easy to recreate the takeaway experience at home.
When I was younger my favourite day of the week was always Friday, not because it was the end of the school week. But because Friday was the day that we ordered Chinese takeout and ate purely Chinese dishes, I have grown up eating Chinese noodles, Stir fried rice and sweet and sour everything.
I have always loved Chinese cooking, the fragrant flavours of the ginger, spring onions, soy sauce, sesame oil and chilli. On Fridays, I was allowed to pick any 4 dishes to add to the table. I would always take a long time to look at the colourful Chinese menu, and read through the exhaustive list of items. I don’t know why, because I almost always choose to order the same thing; shrimp fried rice, fried noodles, egg rolls or spring rolls with sweet and sour chicken.
A favourite on the Chinese food Menu. Photo source Pixabay.
My parents were much more experimental. They would order lots of new things from the menu like flavourful black bean duck, roasted crab, Chinese fried rice and there were always cashews, veggies like bok choy, cabbage, broccoli, chestnuts and bamboo shoots. Not to mention the different kinds of sticky rice, sweet and savoury.
The taste of the red glistening sweet and sour sauce covering Chinese, makes my mouth water even now, it could perhaps be my favourite Chinese sauce. I always took hours to eat my saucy chicken, and taste every last drop. 4The interesting thing is that when I went to my friends or families house’s, I noticed that when they ordered Chinese food, they always ordered similar items to my family.
Chinese restaurants have filled our bellies with delicious Chinese food for centuries. Photo source Pixabay.
There was always the fried rice dish like egg or chicken fried rice, the fried noodle dish like prawn chow mein, the starter like spring rolls, the saucy dish like sweet and sour pork or prawns, and who can forget the thick chicken and corn soup. My mouth is watering again just thinking about it.
Chinese menus are full of delicious selections. The mix of diverse ingredients being turned into any number of new dishes has secured the flavourful Chinese food menu, as a firm favourite on the tables of people worldwide.
Even if you are not a confident cook, these recipes are easy quick and taste great. All of the ingredients will be available at your local supermarket or your local Asian supermarket and after you have made it once you will be able to gain confidence to make it time and time again. You will be the talking point of every dinner party when people taste your authentic Chinese food flavours and want to know your ‘secret’.
If you enjoy these recipes and want to try even more Chinese food recipes, visit the BBC, They offer Chinese recipes that you can try at home.
You will now enjoy one of the most satisfying textured Chinese soups. If you want to be creative you could also use this as a Chinese sauce for veggies or rice.
Simple Chinese recipe ready in less than 15 minutes. Photo source Pixabay.
Another easy chicken dish, these chicken noodles will have you wanting seconds so double the recipe so you don’t miss out.
How can you resist trying to make Chinese food recipes. Photo source Pixabay.
Your Chinese pork dish is served
A popular Chinese pork recipe is sweet and sour Pork. Photo source Pixabay.
A flavourful Chinese dish
Perfectly balanced Chinese food – Egg fried rice. Photo source Pixabay.
Many of the Chinese dishes and recipes can be made in less than 20 minutes, so it is perfect for a treat after a hard day at work because it is so easy. Or why not surprise your family or friends, no matter what the occasion. Have a look around your local supermarket for some of the ingredients listed above, experiment with texture – crispy, crunchy, Chinese sauce, dried ingredients, toss in nuts like peanuts and cashews, go with what you find, taste everything and enjoy the journey.
All you need is a love for food, confidence that anything you make will be great and the assurance that you will get better with practice. With this mindset, you cannot fail to create delicious and authentic better than takeout Chinese recipes.
For a truly authentic experience eat your meal with chopsticks.
It’s time for a feast
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