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Chinese Food Glossary - Chinese Ingredients and Cooking Terms

A food glossary of Chinese ingredients and cooking terms, including alternate names, storage and cooking tips, and photos where possible. Recipes using the ingredient or cooking term are included for each definition.

Chinese Ingredients - List of Alternative Words
Not sure what groundnut oil is, or whether Shanghai cabbage is a type of cabbage? This list of alternative words for Chinese ingredients will help you search through the definitions below.

Abalone - Glossary of Chinese Ingredients and Cooking Terms
A definition of the ingredient - Abalone.

Alum - Glossary of Chinese Ingredients and Cooking Terms
A definition of the ingredient - Alum.

Amaranth - Glossary of Chinese Ingredients and Cooking Terms
A definition of the ingredient - Amaranth.

Angled Luffa - Glossary of Chinese Ingredients and Cooking Terms
A definition of the ingredient - Angled Luffa, also called Silk Squash.

Aubergine - Glossary of Chinese Ingredients and Cooking Terms
A definition of the ingredient - Aubergine.

Baby Bok Choy - Glossary of Chinese Ingredients and Cooking Terms
A definition of the ingredient - Baby Bok Choy.

Bamboo Shoots - Glossary of Chinese Ingredients and Cooking Terms
A definition and photo of the ingredient - Bamboo Shoots.

Bird's Nest - Glossary of Chinese Ingredients and Cooking Terms
A definition of the ingredient - Bird's Nest.

Bitter Melon - Glossary of Chinese Ingredients and Cooking Terms
A definition and photograph of the ingredient - Bitter Melon.

Black Mushroom - Glossary of Chinese Ingredients and Cooking Terms
A definition and photograph of the ingredient - Black Mushrooms.

Blanch - Glossary of Chinese Ingredients and Cooking Terms
A definition of the cooking term - Blanch.

Bok Choy - Glossary of Chinese Ingredients and Cooking Terms
A definition of the ingredient - Bok Choy.

Braise - Glossary of Chinese Ingredients and Cooking Terms
A definition of the cooking term - Braise.

Chinese Barbecue Sauce - Chinese Ingredients and Cooking Terms
A definition of the ingredient - Barbecue Sauce.

Chinese Cabbage - Glossary of Chinese Ingredients and Cooking Terms
A definition of the ingredient - Chinese Cabbage.

Chinese Celery - Glossary of Chinese Ingredients and Cooking Terms
A definition and photograph of the ingredient - Chinese Celery.

Chinese Flowering Cabbage - Glossary of Chinese Ingredients and Cooking Terms
A definition of the ingredient - Chinese Flowering Cabbage.

Chinese White Radish (Daikon) - Glossary of Chinese Ingredients, Cooking Terms
A definition and photograph of the ingredient - Chinese White Radish, also known as Daikon.

Chinese Sausage - Glossary of Chinese Ingredients and Cooking Terms
A definition of the ingredient - Chinese Sausage, also called Lop Cheong.

Choi Sum or Choy Sum
Choi Sum - a definition, from the glossary of Chinese ingredients and cooking terms

Cilantro - Glossary of Chinese Ingredients and Cooking Terms
A definition and photograph of the ingredient - Cilantro.

Cloud Ear - Glossary of Chinese Ingredients and Cooking Terms
A definition and photograph of the ingredient - Cloud ear.

Cornstarch - Glossary of Chinese Ingredients and Cooking Terms
A definition of the ingredient - Cornstarch.

Dark Soy Sauce
Dark soy sauce information about one of the main ingredients in Chinese cooking.

Deep-fry - Glossary of Chinese Ingredients and Cooking Terms
A definition of the Chinese cooking technique - Deep-fry.

Dried Lily Buds - Glossary of Chinese Ingredients and Cooking Terms
A definition of the ingredient - Dried Lily Buds.

Dried Tangerine Peel - Glossary of Chinese Ingredients and Cooking Terms
A definition and photograph of the ingredient - Dried Tangerine Peel.

Duck Sauce - Glossary of Chinese Ingredients and Cooking Terms
A definition of the ingredient - Duck Sauce.

Fermented Black Beans - Glossary of Chinese Ingredients and Cooking Terms
Spicy Chinese black beans lend flavor to Cantonese dishes such as Shrimp With Lobster Sauce.

Fish Sauce - Glossary of Chinese Ingredients and Cooking Terms
A definition of the ingredient - Fish Sauce, also known as Nuoc Mam.

Fuzzy Melon - Glossary of Chinese Ingredients and Cooking Terms
A definition and photograph of the ingredient - Fuzzy Melon. Learn more and try a recipe for Stuffed Fuzzy Melon.

Garlic - Glossary of Chinese Ingredients and Cooking Terms
A definition of the ingredient - Garlic. Includes storage and preparation tips.

Ginger - Glossary of Chinese Ingredients and Cooking Terms
A definition of the ingredient ginger, including recipes using ginger, and how to season cooking oil with ginger.

Hoisin Sauce - Glossary of Chinese Ingredients and Cooking Terms
Hoisin sauce - Chinese cuisine wouldn't be the same without this sweet and spicy sauce. Learn more about hoisin sauce and try some recipes, including Mongolian Beef.

Hot Mustard - Glossary of Chinese Ingredients and Cooking Terms
Hot Mustard - learn more about this fiery Chinese condiment, including how to make hot mustard, from the glossary of Chinese ingredients and cooking terms.

Julienne
Julienne - what does it mean when ingredients are cut julienne?

Kecap Manis - (Indonesian)
A definition of the ingredient - Kecap Manis.

Mango
Mango – Learn more about one of the world's most popular tropical fruit and try mango recipes.

Mangosteen - Glossary of Chinese Ingredients and Cooking Terms
Mangosteen - learn more about this popular Asian fruit and see a photo of mangosteen.

Mochiko - What is Mochiko Flour?
Mochiko - What is Mochiko?

Mushroom Soy Sauce - Glossary of Chinese Ingredients and Cooking Terms.
A definition of the ingredient - Mushroom Soy Sauce.

Oyster Sauce - Glossary of Chinese Ingredients and Cooking Terms
Chinese dishes like Beef With Broccoli wouldn't be the same without oyster sauce. Learn more and try some classic oyster sauce recipes.

Rice Vinegar - Glossary of Chinese Ingredients and Cooking Terms
A definition of the ingredient - Rice vinegar. Learn more about Chinese rice vinegar, which offers a delicate, sweeter alternative to regular vinegar.

Rice Wine - Glossary of Chinese Ingredients and Cooking Terms
Rice wine - learn more about Chinese rice wine, a popular ingredient used for both drinking and cooking.

Sea Cucumber - Glossary of Chinese Ingredients and Cooking Terms
Sea Cucumber - learn more about this unusual Chinese food, pick up tips on how to prepare sea cucumber and try an ancient recipe.

Sesame Oil - Glossary of Chinese Ingredients and Cooking Terms
Sesame oil - everything you need to know about this must have ingredient in Chinese wok cooking, along with a photo and recipes using sesame oil.

Sesame Paste - Glossary of Chinese Ingredients and Cooking Terms
A definition of the ingredient - Sesame Paste.

Sesame Seeds - Glossary of Chinese Ingredients and Cooking Terms
Sesame Seeds - Dishes like Sesame Chicken and desserts such as Sesame Seed Balls wouldn't be the same without sesame seeds. Learn more about this popular ingredient in Chinese cooking and try recipes.

Snow Peas - Glossary of Chinese Ingredients and Cooking Terms
A definition of the ingredient - Snow Peas.

Snow Pea Shoots - Glossary of Chinese Ingredients and Cooking Terms
A definition of the ingredient - Snow Pea Shoots.

Soy Sauce - Glossary of Chinese Ingredients and Cooking Terms
Soy sauce - find out more about one of the most important ingredients in Chinese cooking, and try several soy sauce recipes.

Star Anise
Learn more about this popular Chinese spice, and recipes using star anise.

Steaming - Glossary of Chinese Ingredients and Cooking Terms
Steam - a definition of steaming, one of the three most important techniques in Chinese cooking, from the glossary of Chinese ingredients and cooking terms.

Stir-fry - Glossary of Chinese Ingredients and Cooking Terms
Stir-fry - learn more about China's most popular cooking technique, and try some stir-fry recipes.

Szechuan Peppercorn
Szechuan Peppercorn Learn more about one of the two key ingredients in Szechuan cooking.

Tapioca - Glossary of Chinese Ingredients and Cooking Terms
Tapioca - learn more about the starch of the Cassava plant, and its use in Chinese cooking.

Thick Soy Sauce - Glossary of Chinese Ingredients and Cooking Terms
A definition of the ingredient and condiment - Thick Soy Sauce.

Toban Djan
Toban Djan - learn more about this ingredient used in Chinese cooking.

Tofu - Glossary of Chinese Ingredients and Cooking Terms
A definition of the ingredinet - Tofu. Includes popular tofu recipes, such as Szechuan Mapo Tofu.

Water Chestnut - Glossary of Chinese Ingredients and Cooking Terms
Water Chestnut - did you know it is not really a chestnut at all? Learn more here and see a photograph of water chestnuts.

Winter Melon - Glossary of Chinese Ingredients and Cooking Terms
Winter Melon - learn more about this sweet squash and try a recipe for Chinese Winter Melon Soup.

Wok Definition - Glossary of Chinese Ingredients and Cooking Terms
A definition and information about the piece of Chinese cooking equipment - Wok.

Wood Ear - Glossary of Chinese Ingredients and Cooking Terms
A definition of the ingredient - Wood Ear.

XO Sauce - Glossary of Chinese Ingredients and Cooking Terms
XO Sauce - Learn more about this highly seasoned sauce with the unusual name, and how to make XO sauce.

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