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Chinese Cuisine

Trying to define Chinese food is like trying to nail down what makes American food "American." China is an enormous country, and each region has its own cuisine. Stir-frying is popular throughout, of course, but intensely spiced Szechuan fare made with chicken, pork, or shrimp is a world apart from the sweet and sour flavor profiles found in the Hunan province. To re-create authentic dishes, look for quality ingredients (hint: food made with ketchup will taste like ketchup) and try to mimic cooking techniques as closely as possible (a well-seasoned wok really does boost flavor, whether you're making noodles or fried-rice). Feel like experimenting? Opt for dim sum, so you can sample a wide range of flavors. With the right tools and ingredients, your Chinese dishes will almost certainly trump the takeout around the corner.

Chicken and Broccoli Stir-Fry

Better Homes and Gardens

This fast chicken and vegetable stir-fry dinner beats takeout any day!

Total: 30 mins

Vegetable Fried Rice

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Asian Dumplings with Pickled Ginger Drizzle

Better Homes and Gardens

Instead of ordering Chinese takeout tonight, try making it yourself. These dumplings burst with flavor: cabbage, cilantro, sesame oil, soy sauce, green onion, and chile pepper. Bonus: They are better for you, too.

Total: 55 mins

Mandarin Mu Shu Pork

Better Homes and Gardens

Flour tortillas and bagged cole slaw mix are speedy alternatives to the traditional when making mu shu pork.

Total: 40 mins

Peanut-Sesame Noodles

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Serve these spicy lo mein-style noodles as a main-dish or side dish. For a totally vegetarian recipe, replace the chicken broth with vegetable broth.

Mango Noodle Salad with Sesame Seeds

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To make this Asian noodle salad a meal, add grilled shrimp, chicken or steak.

Crunchy Mandarin Orange Salad

Better Homes and Gardens

In 15 minutes, this easy dinner salad with cashews and ramen noodles is ready to eat.

Total: 15 mins

Spareribs Cantonese

Better Homes and Gardens

This easy pork recipe uses just five main ingredients to create an intriguing, satisfying dish.

Cashew Pork and Broccoli

Better Homes and Gardens

Although not native to China, cashews worked their way into Chinese cuisine and into stir-fries like this one.

Asian Noodle Slaw

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Soba noodles, made from buckwheat, have a nutty flavor. Find them in specialty or Asian markets. They add a hearty flavor to this broccoli and carrot side dish. Toss in cooked chicken for a quick dinner idea.

Total: 25 mins

Moo Shu Beef

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Turn the popular Chinese dish into a 30-minute meal by using ground beef and packaged coleslaw mix in the filling. Flour tortillas make a handy substitute for the traditional pancakes.

Sesame Chicken with Broccoli

Better Homes and Gardens

There is mouthwatering magic in the sweet-tart, spicy-salty balance of Chinese sauces like this one. Here it is poured over tender marinated chicken, sprinkled with a generous helping of toasted sesame seeds and served with the crisp clean contrast of steamed broccoli. Its just like the dish you get from the local takeout, only so much more delicious and better for you.

Easy Shrimp Fried Rice

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Control the quality of ingredients, spiciness and fat content by stirring together your own quick Shrimp Fried Rice dinner.

Carrot and Squash Stir-Fry

Better Homes and Gardens

This quick side-dish recipe of carrots, zucchini, and leeks are stir-fried until crisp tender and sprinkled with Parmesan cheese.

Total: 20 mins
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