Recipes

Chinese Recipes
Collected from China and Taiwan

Authentic Chinese recipes from China and Taiwan; all tested in my kitchen. With these easy-to-follow instructions you can cook any of these delicious dishes yourself at home.

Starters/Snacks Recipes

Chinese Pickled Cucumber Salad

Pickled Cucumber Salad
A lightly pickled cucumber salad commonly served in Taiwan as a zesty appetiser. This is a simple dish but it needs to be prepared half a day in advance.

Chinese Scallion flatbread

Spring Onion Flatbread
This delicious spring onion flatbread is sold all over China. Make it at home with these easy-to-follow instructions. Eat as a snack or as part of a meal. Also known as scallion pancake.

Fish fry with peanuts

Spicy Fish Fry with Peanuts
A classic Chinese savoury appetiser. This dry fried dish is served daily by thousands of small noodle and dumpling shops across Taiwan. As a salty/spicy snack, it also goes well with an ice-cold beer or two.

Chinese tea eggs

Tea Eggs
Flavoured with tea and spices, this cheap, filling snack food is found all over China. In spite of the name, tea is not the dominant flavour.

Chinese fried radish cake

Fried Radish Cake
Radish cake is one of the great staples of breakfast stores and dim sum restaurants.

Chinese Radish Cake with Pork and Mushrooms

Fried Radish Cake with Pork and Mushrooms
The homestyle, meaty version of that great staple of Chinese breakfast shops and dim sum restaurants, fried radish cake.

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Cantonese White Cut Chicken
This simple, pure-flavoured chicken dish, served cold, makes a great starter to a meal.

Zongzi (rice dumplings in bamboo leaves)

Zongzi (Rice Dumplings in Bamboo Leaves)
Zongzi is a traditional dish that is eaten all year round, but especially during the Dragon Boat Festival. This is the delicious, chock-full of ingredients Taiwan savoury version.


Rice Recipes

Bowl of white rice

Plain White Rice
Chinese-style steamed rice. Short, medium and long grain rice is eaten in China. As long as rice is served pure, white and fluffy, all will be well under the heavens.

Egg Fried Rice

Egg Fried Rice
This Chinese egg fried rice recipe is simple to make at home with these easy-to-follow instructions. This delicious Taiwan-style dish is a wholesome meal in one dish.

Rice porridge (zhou) with side dishes

Rice Porridge with Side Dishes
Rice congee is often the Chinese baby’s first solid food. It is also fodder for the convalescing when bland food is called for. But it is best enjoyed as a foil for savoury side dishes, most commonly for breakfast.

Chinese Lard Rice

Rice Flavoured with Lard and Soy Sauce
Only plain white rice is simpler than this tasty pauper’s dish.


Noodle Recipes

Taiwan Red Cooked Beef Noodle Soup

Classic Taiwan Red braised
Beef Noodle Soup
Beef noodle soup is virtually Taiwan’s national dish. This full-flavoured ‘red braised’ soup with succulent beef and silky noodles isn’t hard to master at home.

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Classic Taiwan Clear Broth
Beef Noodle Soup
Beef noodle soup is virtually Taiwan’s national dish. This light but tasty version with succulent beef and silky noodles isn’t hard to master at home.

Ants climbing a tree (spicy mung bean noodles)

Ants Climbing a Tree
A quick and simple spicy stir-fried mung bean noodle dish that originated in Sichuan. Make it at home with these easy-to-follow instructions.

Taiwan Cold Noodle Salad

Taiwan Cold Noodles
with Chicken
This Taiwan salad, cold noodles with chicken in a tangy sesame and black vinegar dressing is delicious, and quick and easy to make following this recipe.


Soup Recipes

Taiwan Hot and Sour Soup

Hot and Sour Soup
Authentic recipe for the delicious and extremely hearty Taiwan version of hot and sour soup, a dish that can be found in Chinese restaurants worldwide.

Chinese bamboo and pork chop soup

Bamboo and Pork Soup
This simple Chinese three-ingredient soup is a traditional homestyle favourite in Taiwan. All you need is bamboo shoots, pork chops and chicken stock.

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Ginseng Chicken Soup
Ginseng has been treasured as a tonic in China for thousands of years. This homestyle dish is a tasty example of revitalising Chinese medicinal cooking.

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Pineapple and Bamboo Chicken Soup
This simple, tangy Chinese soup is a traditional homestyle favourite in Taiwan. It is easy to make following this authentic recipe.


Meat & Seafood Recipes

Slab of Chinese roast pork belly

Roast Pork Belly
Crisp, succulent Chinese pork belly, well-seasoned and roasted in the oven (or barbecued), is a great dish that will set your taste buds racing. Serve as an appetiser or with rice as part of a meal.

Three cup chicken (sanbei ji)

Three Cup Chicken
A deliciously pungent classic Taiwan dish. The three cups refer to one each of sesame oil, rice wine, and soy sauce. Make it at home quickly with this easy-to-follow recipe.

Chinese Dongpo Pork

Dongpo Pork
Dongpo pork is Hangzhou’s trademark dish, a sumptuous feast of meat; wonderfully rich tasting. To eat it is to begin to understand the role of fat in making meat taste great.

Chinese Steamed Fish

Steamed Whole Fish
Chinese whole steamed fish, deliciously clean-tasting, is quick and easy to make at home following this simple recipe that uses just a few ingredients.


Vegetable Recipes

Stir-fried water spinach

Stir-fried Water Spinach
Water spinach is one of the great vegetable staples of Taiwan and southern China. When cooked right, this quick-growing leafy green is a great combo of crunchy stems and tender leaves.

Chinese Chafing Dish Tofu

Fried Tofu with Pork Belly and Mushrooms
Chinese chafing dishes, bubbling away on your table are always fun to eat. This one, with tofu, pork and mushrooms, is easy to make following this recipe.

Chinese Deep Fried Tofu

Deep Fried Tofu
This Chinese deep fried tofu dish goes well with a dipping sauce. Great as a snack or as part of a meal. It is easy to make following this recipe.


Sauces & Condiments Recipes

Chinese Soy Sauce Dipping Sauce

Soy Dipping Sauce
A classic Chinese soy dipping sauce you can serve with dumplings, fried and steamed bread, or use it in cooking. It is easy to make following this recipe.

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Soy and Oil Hot Sauce
Soy and oil hot sauce is the spicy Chinese answer to vinaigrette. For noodles and dumplings rather than salads, it is easy to make following this recipe.

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Salt and Pepper Dip
Chinese salt and pepper dip is great on the table for poultry, fried food and much more. So simple it hardly warrants the term ‘recipe.’


Sweets and Drinks Recipes

Chinese Mung Bean Soup

Sweet Mung Bean Dessert Soup
Traditional Chinese sweet mung bean dessert soup is a healthy snack or dessert that is very easy to make. Serve cold in summer or hot in winter.

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Kumquat Fruit Tea Recipe
Kumquat fruit tea is a tangy sweet and sour drink that served hot, may help to relieve your sore throat or cough. Served cold, it is the refreshing Chinese answer to American lemonade.