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.

See Popular Chinese Cuisine Recipes

Vegetable Fried Rice

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Chicken and Broccoli Stir-Fry

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

Total: 30 mins
Total: 55 mins

Asian Dumplings with Pickled Ginger Drizzle

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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.

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.

Mandarin Mu Shu Pork

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

Total: 40 mins

Spareribs Cantonese

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

Cashew Pork and Broccoli

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

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

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

Total: 15 mins

How to Make Orange Chicken

When you learn how to make orange chicken, you can satisfy your craving for Asian flavors without paying for take-out! Plus the total cooking time clocks in at a cool 30 minutes -- about the same time it takes for your takeout order to be ready.

Wasabi Shrimp-Stuffed Buns

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Chinese Pork Fried Rice

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This is a great way to use leftover rice. Sub in chicken breast or even more veggies for the pork, if you wish.

Sweet & Sour Pork

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Chicken Fried Rice

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Pork and Lobster Egg Rolls Florentine

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Total: 45 mins
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