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Chinese Recipes
Authentic Chinese recipes collected mainly in Taiwan, some from China; all tested in my kitchen.
 

Starters/Snacks Recipes
Pickled Cucumber Salad  

Pickled Cucumber Salad 涼拌黃瓜 (liáng bàn huáng guā) A lightly pickled salad commonly served in Taiwan as a zesty appetiser.

Anchovies with Peanuts  

Fish Fry with Peanuts 丁香花生 (ding-1 xiang-1 hua-1 sheng-1) A classic Taiwan savoury appetiser.

Tea Eggs  

Tea Eggs 茶葉蛋 cha-2 ye-4 dan-4) A cheap snack food, found all over China. In spite of the name, tea is not the dominant flavour.

Rice Dumplings in Bamboo Leaves (zong zi)  

Spring Onion Flatbread 蔥油餅 cōng yóu bǐng. This delicious, easy-to-make snack is sold on street corners all over the Middle Kingdom.

Chinese radish (turnip) cake recipe  

Fried Radish Cake 蘿蔔糕 (luóbo gāo) Radish cake is one of the great staples of breakfast stores and dim sum restaurants.

Chinese radish (turnip) cake recipe  

Fried Radish Cake with Pork and Mushrooms 肉燥蘿蔔糕 (ròu zào luóbo gāo) The homestyle, meaty version of that great staple of Chinese breakfast shops and dim sum restaurants, fried radish cake.

Chinese delicacy  

White Cut Chicken 白斬雞 (bai-2 zhan-3 ji-1) A pure-flavoured chicken dish – served cold it makes a great starter.

Rice Dumplings in Bamboo Leaves (zong zi)   Zongzi (Rice Dumplings in Bamboo Leaves) 粽子 (zòng zi) A traditional Taiwanese recipe eaten during the Dragon Boat Festival.

Rice Recipes
Bowl of White Rice  

Plain White Rice – Asian-style 白米飯 (bái mǐ fàn) Short, medium and long grain rice is eaten in China. As long as rice is served pure, white and fluffy, all will be well under the heavens.

Egg Fried Rice  

Egg Fried Rice 蛋炒飯 (dan-4 chao-3 fan-4) This dish is typical of what is served in Taiwan, though many variations exist.

rice porridge recipe  

Rice Porridge with Side Dishes 清粥小菜 (qing-1 zhou-1 xiao-3 cai-4) 稀飯 (xi-1 fan-4) Traditional breakfast.

Chinese Lard Rice  

Lard Rice 豬油拌飯 (zhu-1 you-2 ban-4 fan-4) Only plain white rice is simpler than this pauper's dish.


Noodle Recipes
Red cooked beef noodle soup  

Red Cooked Beef Noodle Soup 紅燒牛肉麵 (hóng shāo niú ròu miàn) The slow-braised dish that is the virtual national dish of Taiwan.

 

Clear Beef Noodle Soup 清燉牛肉麵 (qing-1 dun-4 niu-2 rou-4 mian-4) Taiwanese rendering of a northern China staple.

Ants climbing tree recipe  

Ants Climbing a Tree 螞蟻上樹 (ma-3 yi shang-4 shu-4) A simple, spicy mung bean noodle dish originating in Sichuan.

Cold Noodles  

Taiwan-style Cold Noodle Salad 台式涼麵 (tái shì liàng miàn) Taiwan has many refreshing drinks, snacks and appetisers to keep you cool in summer, but actual cold meals are hard to find, so you can count this easy noodle salad with a tangy sesame dressing as a rarity.


Soup Recipes
Hot and Sour Soup  

Hot and Sour Soup 酸辣湯 (suan-1 la-4 tang-1) This is a hearty, chunky Taiwanese version of the soup that can be found in Chinese restaurants worldwide.

Bamboo and Pork Chop Soup  

Bamboo and Pork Soup 筍子排骨湯 (sun-3 zi pai-2 gu-3 tang-1) A simple, traditional Taiwanese Soup.

Chinese delicacy  

Ginseng Chicken Soup 人參雞湯 (rén shēng jī tāng) Ginseng has been treasured by Chinese as a tonic for thousands of years. This dish is a tasty example of Chinese medicinal cooking.

Chinese delicacy  

Pineapple and Bamboo Chicken Soup 鳳梨筍子湯 (feng-4 li-2 sun-3 zi tang-1) A home-style Taiwan soup.


Meat and Seafood Recipes
Chinese Pork Belly Recipe  

Roast Pork Belly 鹹豬肉 (xián zhū ròu) Pork belly, a slab of it, seasoned and roasted in the oven or crisped on a barbecue is a great appetiser that will set your taste buds racing.

Three Cup Chicken  

Three Cup Chicken 三杯雞 (san-1 bei-1 ji-1) A classic Taiwanese dish that is simply pungent. The three cups refer to one each of sesame oil, rice wine, and soy sauce.

Dongpo Pork  

Dongpo Pork 東坡肉 (dong-1 po-1 rou-4) Hangzhou's trademark dish. To eat dongpo pork is to begin to understand the role of fat in making meat taste good.

Taiwan Steamed Fish  

Steamed Fish 清蒸魚 (qing-1 zheng-1 yu-2) A really simple dish that requires only the most basic arsenal of Chinese ingredients.


Vegetable Recipes
Water spinach Chinese recipe  

Stir-fried Water Spinach 炒空心菜 (chǎo kōng xīn cài) Water spinach is one of the great vegetable staples of Taiwan and southern China. This leafy green when cooked right is a great combo of crunchy stems and tender leaves.

Chinese Chafing Dish Tofu  

Fried Tofu with Pork Belly and Mushrooms 鐵板豆腐
(tie-3 ban-3 dou-4 fu-3) Bubbling away on your table, chafing dishes like this one from Taiwan, are always fun to eat.

Deep Fried Tofu  

Deep Fried Tofu 炸豆腐 (zha-4 dou-4 fu-3) Great as a snack or as part of a meal.


Sauces etc. Recipes
Taiwan Dipping Sauce  

Soy Dipping Sauce 醬油沾醬 (jiang-4 you-2 zhan-1 jiang-4) A sauce that can be served with dumplings or Chinese steamed or fried breads.

Chinese delicacy  

Soy and Oil Hot Sauce 辣椒醬 (la-4 jiao-1 jiang-4) Soy sauce and oil spiced with chillies: the Chinese answer to vinaigrette? But for noodle soup and dumplings, rather than salads.

Chinese delicacy  

Salt and Pepper Dipping Powder 胡椒鹽 (hú jiāo yán) So simple it hardly warrants the term 'recipe.' Good for poultry, and deep fried food.


Sweets and Drinks Recipes
Sweet Mung Bean Soup  

Sweet Mung Bean Soup 綠豆湯 (lǜ dòu tāng) A refreshing summer snack or dessert. Very easy to make.

Chinese delicacy  

Kumquat Tea Kumquat Tea 金桔茶 (jin-1 ju-2 cha-2, jin-1 ji-2 cha-2) Tasty, tangy drink that served hot may help in fighting cold or flu symptoms. Served cold it is the Chinese answer to American lemonade.

   
     

 

 
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