So you've decided to take the plunge and start cooking Chinese food. Congratulations! Still, tackling cooking equipment and ingredients you've never used before can be nerve-wracking. Below are resources to help ease your introduction into cooking Chinese food.
Before You Get Started
- Stocking the Pantry: Find out what ingredients you need to start cooking Chinese food.
- How to Store Chinese Sauces and Seasonings: Not all sauces need to be refrigerated. Learn which can be safely stored on the shelf.
- Before You Buy a Wok: Flat or Round Bottom? Carbon steel or aluminum? This information will help you choose the wok that best meets your needs. Instructions for seasoning and cleaning a wok are included.
- Before You Buy a Cleaver: Do you really need a cleaver? If so, what type should you buy?
Basic Chinese Cooking Techniques
- Chinese Stir-Frying Tips: Handy tips that begin with having everything ready before you start a recipe to make stir-frying easy.
- Chinese Deep-Frying Tips: From correct temperature to the type of oil to use, these tips will make deep-frying easier.
- Cutting Stir-fry Vegetables on the Diagonal: How to cut vegetables on the diagonal to expose more surface area to the heat so they cook faster and absorb more of the sauce and seasonings.
- How to Add Oil to a Wok: Two methods of adding oil to a wok are described.
- How to Tell if Your Wok Is Hot Enough: Three methods for checking the hotness of your wok are discussed.
- Ingredient Substitutions: This is a handy list of substitutes when you can't find or don't have a certain ingredient.
- How to Make Crispy Egg Rolls Every Time: There's nothing worse than a soggy eggroll. With these tips, that will never happen to you.
- How to Cook Rice: Sounds simple enough, but many can't master the technique. For rice that is fluffy and doesn't stick to the pan, follow these guidelines.
- How to Cook Chinese Sausage: Steaming and stir-frying are just two of the techniques outlined for cooking Chinese sausage.
Basic Recipes for the Beginner
- Top 10 Easy Chinese Recipes: These recipes don't require a wok or knowledge of Chinese cooking techniques.
- Basic Fried Rice Recipe: Build upon this basic recipe by varying the add-ins and seasonings.
- Pork or Beef Chop Suey Recipe: Although a Western invention, chop suey is a great choice for those nights when you're cleaning out the vegetable crisper.
- Egg Drop Soup Recipe: Nothing could be simpler to make than this ever-popular Chinese soup.
- Egg Rolls Recipe: Instructions are for an easy method of folding the egg rolls making a simple recipe even simpler.
- Beef with Tomatoes Recipe: This Cantonese home-style dish is super easy to prepare.
- Almond Float Recipe: A refreshing and easy-to-make dessert uses unflavored gelatin, evaporated milk, and canned or fresh fruit.
- More Easy Dessert Recipes: From almond float to bananas in coconut milk, these desserts are easy to prepare but are sure to impress.
Chinese Recipes with Step-by-Step Photo Instructions
- How to Make Chinese Green Beans
- How to Make Dan Dan Noodles
- How to Fill and Fold Wonton Wrappers
- How to Make Braised Eggplant in Garlic Sauce (Szechuan)
- How to Make Fried Rice
- How to Make Hot Chili Oil
- How to Prepare Bitter Melon
- How to Make Wonton Purses
- How to Make Baked Nian Gao (Lunar New Year Cake)
- How to Steam a Chinese Sponge Cake
- How to Make Deep-Fried Prawn Crackers
- How to Make a Bacon and Water Chestnut Appetizer
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