Why order take-out? These popular Chinese food recipes are easy to make and will please any crowd.
With a pleasant toothsome crunch, these spiced boiled peanuts resemble the legumes that peanuts actually are rather than the nuts that we think they are.
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Using fresh egg roll wrappers from the supermarket, these homemade baked egg rolls will disappear as soon as they're out of the oven.
Strips of mushrooms, noodles, tofu and pork float in this flavourful broth. Streamers of egg make this even more authentic.
This light yet satisfying soup is perfect for chasing away the chills. When making the broth, add a few slices of fresh gingerroot and a couple of green onions for extra flavour.
Crispy browned wings are always a welcome snack or main dish.
Wings don't have much meat, but what's there is choice, tender, moist and flavourful. Look for plump wings with smooth skin and no discolouration to ensure freshness.
Choose very thin wonton wrappers for these irresistible hors d'oeuvres. Look for them in the refrigerated and frozen aisles of Asian markets and most supermarkets.
These savoury open-faced dumplings are a delightful appetizer to enjoy with a glass of chilled white wine.
Steamed Bun Dough: In large bowl, dissolve sugar in water. Sprinkle in yeast; let stand until frothy, about 10 minutes. Stir in salt. Mix in enough of...
In saucepan, bring 2 cups (500 mL) water to boil; stir in rice and salt. Cover and reduce heat to low; simmer for 20 minutes or until tender and water...
Next to rice, vegetables are the most important staple in Chinese cooking. Now there's a wide variety of Asian vegetables available in the supermarket, such as baby bok choy, a small version of its namesake.
This stir-fried, braised vegetarian dish incorporates ingredients that symbolize health, long life, good luck, wealth and happiness. If you can get fresh water chestnuts, use 3/4 cup (175 mL) diced.
The hat in this well-loved dish from northern China is the eggs used to cover the julienne vegetables. In China the dish is usually served with Chinese flatbreads, which are quite similar to wheat tortillas.
Trim off eggplant stems. Cut eggplant in half lengthwise, cut each half lengthwise into 1-inch (2.5 cm) thick strips. Cut each strip into 2-inch (5 cm...
Bonus: Use Either Tofu or Chicken Tofu, made from soybeans, adds a good source of protein to a meatless meal. If set with calcium sulfate or calcium chloride (check the list of ingredients), it will also give a bone-strengthening boost to your day's nutrients.
The small ribs of organic celery look pretty and are packed with flavour.
For more kick, increase the mustard to 4 tsp (20 mL).
Save some of this dinner for a delicious lunch to pack in a microwaveable container the next day. Then all your child has to do is warm it in the microwave at school. And she can even leave the green onions out!
Cook 1-1/2 cups (375 mL) more rice one night, cook extra chicken the next, and on the third night, create this completely different dish.
This one-dish meal has chicken, vegetables and starch all in one bowl. Dry Chinese wheat noodles are flat thin noodles available in Chinese grocery stores and some supermarkets. However, you can easily replace the noodles with linguine or fettuccini, cooking it for 8 to 10 minutes.
You can quickly put together this scrumptious main course with leftover chicken. Look for sesame paste in Chinese and Japanese grocery stores; it's richer in flavour than its good substitution — tahini.
This is a jazzed-up version of a Cantonese restaurant favourite.
Serve with: Rice and saut? spinach or Chinese broccoli
Serve this tasty stir-fry with rice for a quick easy supper.
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In bowl, combine chicken, egg white, corns...
The key to this chicken's succulence is in the poaching. Offer all three dipping sauces for a delicious variety.
Pork tenderloin is tender, has a fine texture and is suited to stir-frying because it remains moist and succulent.
Although oyster mushrooms have nothing to do with the dried oysters used to make oyster sauce, they are a lovely addition to the classic beef in oyster sauce. For extra spice, add a pinch or more of cayenne pepper to the beef marinade or increase the hot peppers. Green or red finger chilies are traditionally used in China, but jalape?are very nice, too.
A main course that will also provide the makings of a complete meal the next night.
Serve with broccoli and noodles or rice.
Chinese dishes braised in soy sauce are called red-cooked. This one is a satisfying dish for casual fall or winter entertaining. Serve with noodles or steamed rice.
Given the physical demands and time constraints of her profession, Chan favours nutritious, protein-rich foods that can be prepared simply. Far from the stereotype of the underfed ballerina (in fact, The National Ballet of Canada has been a leader in educating dancers about the importance of healthful eating), Chan loves meat and describes herself as a big eater. "I never get tired of the taste," says Chan of this beef steak, which makes its way onto her dinner table at least once a week when she's not on tour. The recipe was handed down from her grandmother, who lived with the family in Vancouver. Serve this stir-fried steak with steamed rice and stir-fried Chinese broccoli for a full, nutritous meal.
This dish is representative of highly flavoured meat dishes meant to accompany fiery Chinese alcoholic drinks or sherry-like Chinese rice wine. The trick to cooking it is to cook the beef until quite dry and crispy but not overcooked and burnt. It should be similar in texture to beef jerky, only more tender, so test the strips as you cook them.
Serve this with egg rolls or brush it over chicken and ribs on the grill.
Inspired by the classic Chinese ginger-scallion condiment often served with chicken, this zesty sauce goes with grilled salmon or trout, scallops or chicken breasts. To avoid excess oil, remove sauce from jar with a slotted spoon.
When my sisters and I visited our grandparents at home, there was no lack of treats, such as these crispy cookies.
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