Popular Chinese Summertime Recipes

Summer is the time for grilling, one-dish salads, and refreshing sweet treats. Here are some of the most popular Chinese recipes perfect to enjoy during the summer months.

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    Spicy Chinese Cucumber Salad

    Cucumber salad
    Cucumber salad. Getty Images/El Huang Photography

    Served hot or cold, this is a very attractive way dish, with flecks of chili pepper scattered over cucumber slices that are lightly coated with a sesame oil and red wine vinegar dressing. A good, easy to make choice for those who want a salad recipe with ingredients available at major supermarkets.

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    The marinade for the pork spareribs gets its flavor from a host of Asian seasonings, including hoisin sauce and light and dark soy sauce.

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    Made with rice paper wrappers, these light, "no-cook" spring rolls make a great appetizer. Add cooked chicken or shrimp to turn them into a simple meal. The recipe includes a hoisin dipping sauce.

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    The secret to this easy recipe is a sweet and spicy marinade with hoisin sauce, honey and what has been referred to as the holy trinity of Chinese cooking -- garlic, ginger and spring onions (green onions).

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    The basic idea for a chicken salad with chow mein noodles, mandarin oranges and a dressing with Asian seasonings originated in California.

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    A very popular summer recipe gets a Chinese makeover with bok choy and a flavorful Asian dressing with rice vinegar and Asian sesame oil.

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    Eggplant and ground pork are stir-fried with chile paste and other seasonings in this spicy Szechuan recipe. For a vegetarian version, use vegetable stock instead of chicken broth, leave out the ground pork and increase the eggplant.

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    Used in Chinese natural medicine, speckled quail eggs are loaded with health benefits. This recipe for chop suey with shrimp and pork is perfect for a family meal.

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    In China, cakes are steamed rather than baked, which makes them moist and gives them a light texture. Here, photos showing how to prepare and steam Chinese sponge cake using a wok.

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    Check out these step-by-step photos showing how to make this popular Chinese dim sum treat.

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    Lush, fragrant mango fruit is used in everything from puddings to cake. Here it makes a refreshing ice cream.

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    Bubble tea, the sweetened tea-based drink made with milk or fruit and containing chewy tapioca pearl balls, is a unique and refreshing way to quench your thirst on a warm day.

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    Hoisin sauce forms the basis of this five-star rated dipping sauce with fresh garlic, ginger, and Asian sesame oil.