From Fried Rice to Chinese dumplings, here are the most popular recipes on the About.com Chinese Food site in 2011.
Originally created to help get more life out of leftovers, fried rice is classic comfort food. This is a basic, no-frills recipe showing how to make fried rice. Chicken Fried Rice
- This recipe pairs leftover cooked chicken and cold cooked rice with peas in a simple stir-fry. More Fried Rice Recipes
An easy recipe using sugar, rice vinegar, soy sauce and ketchup.
One of my most popular recipes, and well worth the bit of extra effort it takes to steam the broccoli and velvet the beef in hot oil before bringing them together in the wok to be coated in a flavorful oyster-sauce-based gravy. Beef With Broccoli
- an easier version for those nights when you’re rushed, using frozen broccoli and stir-frying the beef
Another classic comfort dish – marinated strips of chicken are paired with an assortment of stir-fried vegetables, including bok choy, celery, red bell pepper and mushrooms in an flavorful sauce. Chow mein is very adaptable - you can substitute whatever vegetables you have on hand and use pork or shrimp instead of chicken.
This recipe, from a Chinese cooking instructor, uses red rice vinegar – you’ll find it at Chinese/Asian markets. Vegetarian Hot and Sour Soup
- feel free to add in some fried tofu or seitan
The secret to preparing this simple soup all comes down to how you stir in the beaten egg (or egg white) near the end of cooking. Tomato Egg Drop Soup Video: Egg Drop Soup
- Chef Roble Ali shows how to make his recipe
The name won ton transliterates in Cantonese as swallowing clouds (see Swallowing Clouds
by A. Zee for an explanation), and the puffy wonton floating in this soup are thought to resemble clouds.
Deep-fried morsels of battered pork are paired with a tangy sweet and sour sauce with pineapple, carrots and bell peppers.
Fun to make and even more fun to eat, these tasty dumplings are pan-fried on one side, steamed, and served with the burnt side on top. Perfect Potstickers
- learn more about these Chinese Dumplings Vegetarian Potstickers
Diced chicken is paired with hot red chili peppers and peanuts (although you can substitute cashews), with Szechuan peppercorn adding its unique lemony taste and helping to bring out the fruity flavor of the capsicum. Kung Pao Chicken
- with deep-fried chicken Easy Kung Pao Chicken - includes a wine recommendation