Tips for Cooking Chinese Food

Tips, Resources and Recipes for the Beginner Chinese Cook

In a wok

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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

Basic Chinese Cooking Techniques

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

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