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Top Chinese Restaurant Recipes

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You don't need to order take-out or head to your favorite Chinese restaurant every time you get a yen for Fried Rice or Sweet and Sour Pork. Here are twelve of my Chinese restaurant recipes that you can make at home:

1. Spring Rolls

Spring Rolls
Rhonda Parkinson
Spring rolls have their origins in the annual Spring festival celebrating the return of Spring. The first spring rolls featured vegetables from the harvest; meat was added later. This spring roll recipe contains Chinese barbecued pork.

2. Egg Rolls

Egg Rolls
Rhonda Parkinson
Egg rolls are made with thicker wrappers than spring rolls.

3. Egg Drop Soup

Egg Flower Soup
Rhonda Parkinson
Also known as Egg Flower Soup, this is the popular dish in which lightly beaten eggs are streamed into the broth at the very end.

4. Wonton Soup

The word wonton means "swallowing clouds," and the plump pork-filled wontons in this soup do resemble clouds. To make the dish, wonton wrappers are filled with ground pork and seasonings, boiled, and then added to chicken broth or stock for a final heating.

5. Beef With Broccoli

Beef and Broccoli
Rhonda Parkinson
How do restaurant chefs get the beef so tender in this dish? They “velvet” the meat in hot oil before combining it with broccoli in an oyster-flavored sauce.

6. Sweet and Sour Pork

Sweet and Sour Pork
Rhonda Parkinson
The sauce is the star of the show in this dish. Most versions use pineapple juice and combine it with vinegar, sugar, ketchup or tomato paste and pineapple chunks, green bell pepper and shredded carrot. The warmed sauce is poured over pork cubes that have been coated with batter and deep-fried.

7. Ginger Beef

Ginger Beef
Rhonda Parkinson
The staple dish of Chinese restaurants and take-outs, ginger beef consists of crisp, chewy morsels of beef that are coated in a tangy sauce.

8. Kung Pao Chicken

Kung Pao Chicken
Alan Chen, Emperor's Garden Restaurant, Las Vegas, Nevada
Named after a court official or "Kung Pao," Kung Pao Chicken is a spicy Szechuan dish made with diced chicken, peanuts and chili peppers.

9. Chicken Fried Rice

Chicken Fried Rice
Rhonda Parkinson
Classic Chinese fried rice is the perfect comfort food! In this recipe, chicken, rice and vegetables are pan-fried with bits of scrambled egg.

10. Chinese Green Beans

This popular Szechuan dish is a staple at Chinese restaurant buffets.

11. Candied Banana Fritters

Chinese Candied Bananas
Rhonda Parkinson
Have you ever had banana fritters? This recipe goes one step further – the deep-fried pieces of banana are dipped in caramelized sugar and then in ice water to harden. You'll also find this popular Chinese restaurant dessert called "Toffee Bananas."

12. Mango Pudding

This simple pudding features the indescribable flavor of mangoes. This recipe is from the HeartSmart series, and uses evaporated milk instead of fresh cream to reduce the fat.

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