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15 Easy China Recipes To Cook At Home

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  Easy China Recipes To Cook At Home

Find out what Chinese dishes to try in China and what Easy China Recipes to collect to try at home: Hotpot, Braised Pork Balls in Gravy, Shrimp with Vermicelli and Garlic, Dumplings, Chow Mein, Peking Roasted Duck, and Steamed Vermicelli Rolls are a few you will find on most menus.

We however want to take you more into what an every day Chinese family would have for at mealtime and some of the Easy China Recipes we love. That gives you the ability to better understand China and its culture as practiced through its food choices. Trust me, these are the same foods served by the ancestors from 1000 years ago. Nothing changes in china except the weather.

With a long history, unique features, numerous styles, and exquisite cooking, Chinese cuisine is one important constituent part of Chinese culture. Chinese traditional dishes are famous for color, aroma, taste, meaning, and appearance. To be on our list you have to be a food we would designate a “comfort food” back home in the United States.

What Are Comfort Foods?

Comfort food is food that provides a nostalgic or sentimental value to someone and maybe characterized by its high caloric nature, high carbohydrate level, or its simple preparation. They are the foods that you remember if you shut your eyes and think about your grandmother’s kitchen. Something that draws happy emotions with just a thought.

Why do people eat comfort foods?

People often use comfort food to self-medicate. Those with negative emotions tend to eat unhealthy food in an effort to experience the instant gratification that results in (short-lived) good feelings. Although this link is persistent, doing so can actually increase negative feelings rather than quell them. This is a way to make yourself happy and bring about a time of peace for your mind and body.

  1. Chinese Spicy crayfish  

Spicy Crawfish - Easy China Recipes

Chinese Spicy crayfish
Crayfish has taken China by a storm in the past decade or so. Cities all over the country go gaga over the crustaceans, which are simmered in a broth with chili and abundant spices then served dry and are one of the Easy China Recipes you can cook anytime at home. From spring to early autumn, crayfish-night-outs have become a ritual for many. Groups of friends find a jam-packed stall, sit on tiny plastic stools and order a bucket or two of bright red crayfish. No chopsticks needed -- digging in with the hands is preferred.
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  2. Lamb Hot Pot  

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Lamb Hot Pot
Outside of China, spicy Sichuan hot pot and nourishing Cantonese hot pot are well known. But in China, a country closely linked to Mongolian nomads, heavy and hearty lamb hot pot is hugely popular, especially in the north during the bitterly cold winter. Likely originating during the Yuan Dynasty and made popular by Qing Dynasty emperors, lamb hot pot is dramatic to look at -- the copper container has a tall chimney in the middle to release steam from burning coal below, while the broth cooks in the outskirts of the pot. Although a variety of meats, seafood and vegetables can be cooked, the star of the meal is plate after plate of wafer-thin lamb slices.
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  3. Lanzhou Hand-Pulled Noodles  

Lanzhou hand-pulled noodles - Easy China Recipes

Lanzhou Hand-Pulled Noodles
The flagship halal dish from China, hand-pulled noodles hail from the wild, sandy lands of northwest China. Each bowl is as much handicraft as a hearty meal. In what's usually a makeshift open kitchen, formidable Islamic noodle masters beat, fold and pull a flour-based dough, turning it into hair-thin noodles faster than most people can decide what to order. A classic bowl of hand-pulled noodles comes with beef broth, slices of beef, coriander and spring onions. Another popular derivation is knife-sliced noodles or Dao Xiao Mian. To make this, the chef slashes chunks of dough in boiled water with eye-opening speed to make shorter, thicker, and wider noodles.
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  4. Stinky Tofu  

Stinky tofu

Stinky Tofu
Fried, braised, steamed or grilled -- stinky tofu is delicious no matter how it's prepared. Somewhat similar to cheese, it's an acquired taste or one that perhaps you have to grow up with to fully appreciate. Stinky tofu is most popular in Hunan Province in central China, the Yangtze River Delta region (especially Shaoxing), and Taiwan. Recipes vary from region to region, but the basic Easy China Recipes method is to let bean curd ferment in a special brine then deep-fry it. It can be eaten with chili sauce, soy sauce, sesame oil, or kimchi.
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  5. Shanghai Hairy Crab  

Shanghai hairy crab

Shanghai Hairy Crab
For Shanghainese, autumn isn't complete without a steamed, roe-laden hairy crab. Every year the city hosts an influx of serious epicures from around the Sinosphere who come to taste its legendary food signature. Raised on crab farms in the Yangtze River estuary, the gray-shelled freshwater crab waves its big hairy claws in family kitchens, respectable restaurants, and luxury hotels in September and October. Local mothers buy them from wet markets, steam them and eat them with gingery vinegar. Specialty restaurants like Wang Bao He create expansive crab banquets out of the seasonal delicacy -- fried crab roe, crab roe tofu, steamed crab meatballs, crab meat dumplings, and other inventive dishes might all be featured.
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 6. Stir-Fried Egg and Tomato  

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Stir-Fried Egg and Tomato
We want to share this Easy China Recipes, which we found out about from a friend who lived in China for many years. She describes it as Chinese comfort food, something children would learn to make at an early age — sort of the equivalent of tomato soup and a grilled cheese sandwich in the US … The dish is simply scrambled egg with slices of juicy tomato, and it’s a traditional Pekinese dish that’s extremely common all over Beijing but relatively unknown to Americans. The photo above, which we found on Flickr, shows the dish with kale and garlic scapes added. Our friend Tricia makes hers with scallions and claims it’s great over Udon noodles.
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  7. Beef With Gai Lan  

Beef With Gai Lan

Beef With Gai Lan
Stir-fried Beef and Broccoli is a favorite Chinese dish all over the western world, but in China, everyone prefers Chinese broccoli, known as Jie Lan (Mandarin) or Gai Lan (Cantonese). This is no surprise, as many Chinese vegetable dishes are made with leafy green vegetables. Much of the time, vegetable dishes are made without any meat, but we do like our beef. If you’re on board with that, then this beef with Chinese broccoli recipe will definitely be up your alley!
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  8. Spicy Stir-Fry Kale and Potatoes w Bacon  

Spicy Stir-Fry Kale and Potatoes w Bacon

Spicy Stir-Fry Kale and Potatoes w Bacon
Shredding the kale allows you to cook it for a shorter period of time, so it retains an appealingly bright color and is gentler in flavor than if it had been slow-cooked. While cutting fresh potatoes into fine strips is not hard, it can be time-consuming for those who are still developing knife skills. I wondered if frozen shoestring fries could serve as a shortcut and tested this recipe using a store-brand frozen shoestring fries. It does save time, but the caveat is that you lose the crisp texture of fresh potatoes. You certainly can use fresh potatoes. I suggest using a low-starch potato, such as red, and cutting them into fine julienne. If you use a bagged kale salad mix, as I did, I recommend trimming any woody stalks from the pieces closer to the stem.
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  9. Zucchini Noodles w Chicken and Garlic  

Zucchini Noodles w Chicken and Garlic - Easy China Recipes

Zucchini Noodles w Chicken and Garlic
Garlic Butter Chicken Recipe with Zucchini Noodles – Low carb and gluten-free and definitely an Easy China Recipes dish, these delicious little bites of garlic butter chicken are cooked with garlic, butter, and herbs and served with zucchini noodles for the perfect 30-minute, one-pan meal the whole family will love!
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  10. Orange Beef  

Orange Beef - Easy China Recipes

Orange Beef
Spicy, Crispy Orange Beef. This version of the Chinese takeout classic features thin slices of crisp sirloin steak that are tossed in a spicy, sweet, and savory orange sauce. You can make it at home in less time than it takes to get delivery. (And it’ll taste better, too!
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  11. Egg Fried Rice w Curry  

Egg Fried Rice w Curry

Egg Fried Rice w Curry
No matter how many new and (what I think are) exciting Easy China Recipes I publish here, this Easy Curry Fried Rice continues to be one of my most visited. It stares me in the face every time I check my top posts. I guess you really can’t go wrong with a simple 30-minute meal. This recipe is also a great way to use up any leftover veggies hanging out in your crisper, and any leftover rice. In fact, I encourage leftover rice! It’s one of the key factors to bringing your rice to that nutty and crispy perfection we love so much with restaurant fried rice.
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  12. Lions Head Meatballs  

Lions Head Meatballs - Easy China Recipes

Lions Head Meatballs
They are, in many ways, the epitome of Shanghainese cooking: flavorful but not overwhelming, savory-sweet, with a bit of Shaoxing wine for extra depth. Perfect warming comfort food. If you want a saltier or more intense flavor, increase the amount of soy sauce and sesame oil.
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  13. Steamed Spare Ribs w Rice Powder  

Steamed Spare Ribs w Rice Powder

Steamed Spare Ribs w Rice Powder
Steamed Pork Ribs with Rice Powder is another classic Sichuan dish. It is both savory and sweet. While you may buy rice powder from an Asian store, making it at home is not hard. Enjoy!
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  14. Dry Fried Green Beans  

Dry Fried Green Beans

Dry Fried Green Beans
These are the best green beans I’ve ever had! Just like the ones served in Chinese restaurants! These dry-fried green beans are tender, juicy, and packed with umami, savory flavors. They are so addictive!
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  15. Dungeness Crab w Sichuan Pepper Salt  

The Dungeness crab is a mighty sea creature and beloved seafood around the world. You can cook with Dungeness crab in traditional Chinese or Asian Fusion recipes to step up the flavor game on your cooking.

What’s so irresistible about Salt and Pepper Crab? Answer: Its simplicity which is why it is on our Easy China Recipes list? Well, you’ll want to prepare this recipe and find out for yourself, but there’s something in the mix of spices and traditional Hong Kong-Chinese-style of cooking that makes for an unbelievable sensory experience.

Dungeness Crab w Sichuan Pepper Salt
The Dungeness crab is a mighty sea creature and beloved seafood around the world. You can cook with Dungeness crab in traditional Chinese or Asian Fusion recipes to step up the flavor game on your cooking.

What’s so irresistible about Salt and Pepper Crab? Answer: Its simplicity which is why it is on our Easy China Recipes list? Well, you’ll want to prepare this recipe and find out for yourself, but there’s something in the mix of spices and traditional Hong Kong-Chinese-style of cooking that makes for an unbelievable sensory experience.
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