10 Quick and Easy Beginner Chinese Recipes

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    Cooking Chinese Food is Actually Very Easy

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    Many Chinese recipes are quick and easy to make. Some can be made with ingredients that are available at most local supermarkets, while others may require a trip to an Asian market or a quick substitute. The best part is that they're versatile so if you don't have an ingredient, you don't have to worry too much.

    What makes a recipe easy? Some, like stir-fries, take only minutes to make. Others, such as soups and stews, take longer but still consist of only a few simple steps. This...MORE leaves you lots of free time while the food is simmering. 

    Whether you're new to Chinese cooking or just looking for a recipe that doesn't require too much time in the kitchen, you will find these recipes a breeze.

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    Begin With Basic Fried Rice

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    One of the first dishes anyone interested in Chinese cuisine should learn is fried rice. It is the foundation for many recipes and will give you experience with the wok or quick cooking in your frying pan.

    Fried rice is extremely simple and it takes just a few minutes once you have cooked rice. This recipe requires green onions, eggs, salt and pepper, and soy or oyster sauce. You can add meat and other vegetables if you like and turn this side dish into a quick meal.

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    Quick and Easy Oyster Sauce Chicken

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    As you explore Chinese recipes, you will notice that oyster sauce is a common ingredient. You can find it at almost any market that specializes in Asian foods and a bottle will last a very long time.

    The Oyster Sauce Chicken recipe is a fantastic introduction to this essential ingredient. It's a quick recipe that cooks chicken thighs and basic vegetables in a frying pan. These are simmered in a sauce of oyster and soy sauces, wine, and broth and everything is served over rice. It takes just...MORE around 30 minutes and a single pan, so it's perfect for a busy night.

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    A Gravy-Laden Pepper Steak

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    Chicken appears in a number of Chinese dishes and steak can replace it in many. For a dedicated steak recipe that is super easy, look no further than Pepper Steak.

    For this recipe, you will simmer the meat for about 30 minutes in a soy broth before adding bell peppers and tomatoes. Add a little cornstarch, some garlic, and baby corn, and let this cook down to a gravy-like consistency. It's fantastic and impressive, but no one will realize how little effort you put into it.

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    Your Basic Beef Stir-Fry

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    Stir-fry is a basic technique used in many Chinese recipes. It's very easy and, essentially, it just means that you're frying food quickly in oil. There are, of course, a few stir-fry tips you should know, but it will soon become common sense.

    Before you worry about tackling a beef stir-fry recipe with many ingredients, you might want to practice with an incredibly easy recipe. If you begin with a stir-fry sauce like Kikkoman and a frozen vegetable mix, half the work is done for you. It...MORE frees you up to concentrate on technique rather than ingredients. It's just as tasty and just a little faster.​

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    Delicious Orange Pork Chop Stir-Fry

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    You can swap the meat out in almost any Chinese stir-fry recipe and it will work. If you don't have chicken for a recipe like the Orange Chicken Stir-Fry, feel free to use beef, pork, shrimp, or even tofu.

    When it comes to pork, chops are a great cut to use. They are easily cut into bite-sized cubes and they taste great in an orange sauce. For this stir-fry recipe, you will marinade the pork and create a soy and orange juice sauce. Add a few vegetables and a little oil and starch, and...MORE you're ready to cook up an amazing stir-fry dish.

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    The Favorite Kung Pao Chicken

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    You have probably ordered Kung Pao Chicken countless times from the Chinese take-out restaurant and it is a tasty dish with a spicy kick. Did you know that it's actually really easy to make at home?

    If you stock your kitchen with a few basic ingredients found in many Chinese recipes, you will save money by avoiding take-out. The key to a speedy meal is to prep all your ingredients before turning on the wok.

    The other benefit to this particular Kung Pao recipe is that the chicken is not...MORE deep-fried. It is stir-fried instead and that makes the dish a little bit healthier.

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    A Beginner's Steamer: Cantonese Steamed Chicken

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    Steam is another popular method for preparing Chinese food and it creates a healthy, clean dish. This is where those round bamboo steamers can really come in handy. If you don't have one yet, this recipe is a good excuse to add one to your kitchen.

    This flavorful Cantonese Steamed Chicken recipe is incredibly easy to make. You will simply marinade chicken in a mix of soy, wine, and sesame oil, then place it on the steamer tray with mushrooms. Add a little ginger and green onion and let it...MORE steam for about 20 minutes. It's fantastic over that fried rice you learned how to make!

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    How About Some Vegetable Chow Mein?

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    It is extremely easy to transform Chinese dishes into a vegetarian's delight. Quite often, you simply skip the meat, add more vegetables, or even toss in some tofu (stir-fry's one of the best ways to prepare it).

    When you're ready to try a veggie noodle dish using your new stir-fry knowledge, this Vegetable Chow Mein is a delight. It uses bell pepper, onion, zucchini, shiitake mushrooms, ginger, and garlic with a sauce of oyster and soy sauces, rice vinegar, and sesame oil. It fries...MORE up quickly and the taste will impress everyone.

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    Get a Taste of Beef Chow Fun

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    Ho fun is a broad rice noodle that is used quite often in Cantonese cuisine and you might recognize it from take-out menus. It adds a depth to the dish that thinner noodles and rice just can't bring.

    To kick off your experiments with the noodle, begin with a basic Beef Chow Fun recipe. This one may not be as authentic as others, but all the flavors are there and it is a perfect introduction to the dish, which includes mung bean sprouts.

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    Tasty Sprouts in Mongolian Chicken

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    Mongolian chicken and beef recipes are similar to other recipes with the primary difference being the addition of hoisin sauce. This is sometimes called Chinese barbecue sauce though it tastes nothing like the American version. Hoisin is a spiced sauce of soybean paste and it's an excellent addition to your Chinese cooking because it can be used for dipping as well as stirfry.

    This Mongolian Chicken recipe is a quick stir-fry that uses a sauce of hoisin, soy, and red wine vinegar with chicken...MORE stock. It's as easy as any other recipe, just a little different and fun to make and eat. You'll find it is excellent when served alongside soy-fried noodles.