The Chinese have a very distinctive food history and their cooking uses a lot of chicken, duck, pork and seafood. The Chinese also use more mushrooms than American cooks, as well as trademark sauces and spices. No stamp can ever give you the full flavor of Chinese food, so try it today!
Baozi are dumplings that can be either sweet or savory. Cooks fill them with meat and vegetables or sesame paste. Eaten as a meal or as a snack, Baozi are a popular breakfast item. With over twenty different common recipes, every Chinese cook adds a special touch that makes their Baozi unique. What would you put in yours?
Bokchoy is also known as Chinese cabbage. Its popularity may be linked to the fact that it has been around for six thousand years! It has a mild flavor alone, but imagine a big bite of healthy bokchoy with a Chinese sauce and a little dash of soy sauce. It's a crisp, fresh and delicious treat.
A staple of any Chinese restaurant, Broccoli Beef is a trademark dish. Its star ingredients are tossed with scallions and a delicious sauce. The beef is tender and flavorful and the broccoli stays fresh, crispy and green. If you're new to Chinese food, make sure to try this and introduce yourself to some classic Chinese flavors.
Much like Fried Rice, Chow Mein is a dish that uses what the cook has in the fridge and what the family likes to eat. There is a noodle base with scallions and cabbage as main ingredients, and then veggies and meats, from pork to chicken to shrimp, are added to spice up the flavor.
A popular rice pudding, Congee is made by boiling rice for a very long time. When the individual grains break down, the dish turns into a type of soup. Imagine gooey oatmeal. After the base is made, Congee can be flavored with anything from eggs to meats and spices. It is traditionally served for breakfast, but it's delicious anytime.
Dim Sum means a light meal served with tea. Dim sum food includes a variety of dumplings, soups, noodle dishes, desserts and fruit. Plates of bite-sized pieces are brought around on trays and carts and the diners select what they want on a whim. Go with a big group and try as many different delicacies as you can.
The Fortune Cookie was actually invented in California! Los Angeles and San Francisco both claim to be the birthplace of the fortune cookie. How do you know which Fortune Cookie is yours? When they come to your table, your destiny is the cookie whose two ends are pointing in your direction.
Fried Rice uses leftovers from the kitchen. Rice, veggies, spices and meats are all mixed together and cooked with egg and soy sauce. In traditional Chinese meals, Fried Rice is served as a "palate cleanser," a course to wash down the meal and get your mouth ready for dessert.
Jiaozi are Chinese dumplings filled with meat and vegetables and wrapped in thick dough. They can be boiled, steamed or pan-fried and are usually served with a soy-based dipping sauce. If you've ever had a pot sticker with your Chinese meal, you've had jiaozi! If you like them, you may want to try a won ton.
The preparation for Kung Pao chicken originates in the Sichuan province of China, and to be authentic, the dish must use Sichuan peppers and peppercorns. Western versions have peanuts and chili peppers. Watch out for this one, it is packed with a fiery flavor. If you like spicy food, be sure to give Kung Pao chicken a try.
To make Peking Duck, a duck is pumped with air to separate the delicious skin from the meat. Then it's marinated in molasses and roasted for hours. The skin becomes super crispy while the meat stays moist and juicy. The dish is served with pieces of duck, puffed lotus leaf pancakes, green onion and a sweet sauce. What a treat!
Sweet and Sour Pork is a staple of American Chinese cuisine. The Sweet and Sour Pork dish is made with deep-fried pork, tomatoes, bell peppers and onions. Sometimes, pineapple is added for extra sweetness. Try this very popular dish and enjoy the sauce. You'll get both sweet and sour, the best of both worlds!
The typical won ton is filled with minced pork, shrimp, ginger, onions, sesame oil and soy sauce. These ingredients are made into tiny meatballs and wrapped in thin, delicate dough. In Cantonese, won ton means "swallowing clouds." Won Tons really are shaped like clouds, and their taste sure is heavenly!