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Basics of Chinese Cooking and Cuisine


Whether you're new to Chinese cooking, want to brush up on your skills, or just want to learn more about Chinese cuisine in general, this is the place to start.
  1. Glossary of Chinese Ingredients
  2. Basic Chinese Cooking Techniques
  3. Buying Advice for Chinese Cooking Equipment
  4. Caring For Chinese Cooking Equipment
  5. Stocking the Pantry
  1. How-to's
  2. Health Benefits and Concerns
  3. What to Drink With Chinese Food
  4. Regional Chinese Cuisine (an Introduction)
  5. Chinese Food Pictures

Glossary of Chinese Ingredients

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

Basic Chinese Cooking Techniques

From stir-frying to velveting chicken, here are basic tips to help you master different Chinese cooking techniques.

Buying Advice for Chinese Cooking Equipment

Woks at the Wok Shop, San Francisco, 2006

Whether you're a weekend cook or prepare Chinese food on a daily basis, you'll want to learn about the different types of equipment used in Chinese cooking, from a frying pan to a wok and cleaver.

Caring For Chinese Cooking Equipment

Properly cared for, major Chinese cooking utensils such as a wok and cleaver will last for years.

Stocking the Pantry

Wok and Chinese Ingredients

Chinese cooking is really more about striking a balance in flavors, color and textures than using specific ingredients – a good Chinese cook can often come up with a dish that has the characteristic taste and flavors of Chinese cuisine using whatever ingredients are on hand. Nonetheless, there are certain staples you’ll want to keep in your kitchen cupboard.


Easy tips showing how to do everything from chopping to slicing a mango.

Health Benefits and Concerns

Healthwise, Chinese cuisine has a lot going for it, but there are also some concerns, especially for persons on low sodium or other special diets.

What to Drink With Chinese Food

It's hard to exaggerate the importance of tea in Chinese culture - the tradition of tea drinking dates back over 2,000 years and has become an indispensable part of Chinese daily life. More recently bubble tea, a fun drink made with tapioca pearls, tea, and milk, has become popular throughout Southeast Asia, China and North America. But tea isn't the only drink that can be served with Chinese food. Chiew is the Chinese name for all alcoholic drinks, from distilled liqueurs to Chinese rice wines. And while it can be challenging, it is possible to pair western grape wines with Chinese food.

Regional Chinese Cuisine (an Introduction)

The culinary map of China is divided into at least four separate regions.

Chinese Food Pictures

Before your first visit to a Chinese marketplace, it can help to view pictures of all the different ingredients and equipment used in Chinese cooking.

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