A collection of popular recipes featuring some of the best Chinese dishes that are not only delicious but also easy to make at home. Give them a try in the New Year!
Another year has flown by! No doubt that 2020 is one of the most unusual years that we’ve been through. Before walking into a new year with hope and new ideas in mind, I’ve curated a collection of the most popular recipes on my blog in the past year.
I’d also like to take this opportunity to ❤️THANK YOU❤️ for trying my recipes, leaving encouraging comments, providing valuable suggestions and asking questions to push me to learn more about the food both you and I are passionate about.
Homemade Dumplings (饺子)
Dumpling making is a fun culinary art that every home cook should try. Agree? Ultimate Dumpling Guide is the all-time favourite on the blog through which many of my readers have connected with me. The following posts guide you to master the process of making dumplings from scratch.
- How to Make Dumpling Dough & Wrappers
- How to Make Great Dumpling Fillings
- Fold Dumpling in Ten Ways
- Cook Dumpling in Three ways
- Six Dumpling Sauces
- Dim Sum Style Dumplings
- Soup Dumpling (Xiao Long Bao)
- Potstickers with a Crispy Skirt
Char Siu (Chinese BBQ Pork, 叉烧)
Aromatic, smoky, savoury & a little sweet, Cantonese classic dish Char Siu (Chinese BBQ pork) is one of the tastiest ways to cook pork. My easy version of this delicacy tastes just as good as what you get from a restaurant! It can be enjoyed on its own, as the centrepiece of a multi-course meal, or with some staple food forming an all-in-one dish.
Other popular pork dishes:
Salt & Pepper Shrimp (椒盐虾)
Fried to a crispy texture and served with an aromatic seasoning, Salt and Pepper Shrimp is delectable and very easy to cook. The homemade salt and pepper seasoning can be used to cook many other ingredients, such as chicken, squid, pork ribs, tofu, etc.
Other Popular Seafood & Fish Recipes:
Easy Hand-Pulled Noodles (拉面)
All-purpose flour, water and a pinch of salt, that’s all that you need for Hand-Pulled Noodles. Following my foolproof recipe, you’ll be surprised how easy it is to make them! I promise you’ll love the silky, chewy texture that you don’t find in dried noodles. I also have a few recipes showing you classic ways to serve them, such as Biang Biang Noodles, Zha Jiang Noodles, Lanzhou Beef Noodle Soup, etc.
Other Popular Noodles Recipes:
Soy Sauce Chicken (豉油鸡)
Flavourful, appetizing & comforting, Soy Sauce Chicken (See Yao Gai) is a classic delicacy that can be enjoyed in many delicious ways. My recipe introduces an approachable, less labour-intensive method to cook it at home. The flavourful cooking liquid can be reused to make more!
Other Popular Chicken Recipes:
Char Siu Bao (BBQ Pork Buns, 叉烧包)
One of the most popular dim sum dishes, Char Siu Bao is famous for its fluffy, cotton-like wrapper and saucy Char Siu pork filling. My tried-and-tested recipe includes many cooking tips and a tutorial video which will assist you to make them with ease and confidence.
Other Popular Bao Bun Recipes
- Steamed Bao Buns, a Complete Guide (Baozi, 蒸包子)
- Baked Lamb Bao Buns (羊肉烤包子)
- Gua Bao (Pork Belly Buns, 刈包)
Sichuan Boiled Beef (水煮牛肉)
The name Sichuan Boiled Beef may sound boring, but this classic Sichuan dish has nothing but bold flavours. Succulent beef slices are cooked in a well-seasoned broth along with crispy vegetables, then topped with generous amounts of spices. It’s super addictive so you must give it a try!
Other Popular Beef Recipes:
Hot & Sour Napa Cabbage (酸辣白菜)
Pungent, flavourful and crunchy, Hot & Sour Napa Cabbage is one of the best ways to cook this versatile vegetable. Although it’s a simple stir-fry, my recipe offers many tips and tricks to help you cook it to a restaurant standard.
Other Popular Vegetarian Recipes:
- Cucumber Salad, Three Ways (凉拌黄瓜)
- King Oyster Mushroom with Garlic Sauce (鱼香杏鲍菇)
- Spicy Lotus Root Stir-fry (辣炒莲藕)
Beef Chow Fun (干炒牛河)
If you’re a fan of Chinese takeout (takeaway) dishes, you must try making Beef Chow Fun (Beef Ho Fun) at home. Succulent beef slices stir-fried with soft, springy rice noodles then seasoned with soy sauce, it’s simply delicious and very easy to cook.
Other Popular Takeout Recipes:
Eggplant with Garlic Sauce (鱼香茄子)
As you may know, I’m a big fan of Sichuan food, Eggplant with Garlic Sauce is one of my favourites from this great cuisine. Soft, creamy eggplant seasoned with pungent, fragrant seasonings, it’s simply irresistible! My recipe doesn’t involve deep-frying and substitute ideas are included.
Other Popular Sichuan Recipes:
- Mapo Tofu, the Authentic Way (麻婆豆腐)
- Sichuan Spicy Wonton in Chilli Oil (红油抄手)
- Dry Fried Green Beans (干煸四季豆)
15-min Chicken Congee (鸡肉粥)
Hearty and delicious, Chicken Congee is a classic Chinese breakfast. Instead of the usual lengthy process, my recipe introduces a quick method to cook it in just 15 minutes. I love eating it with Chinese Doughnut Stick (You Tiao, 油条) and boiled egg. Very comforting indeed!
Other Popular Breakfast Recipes:
Pumpkin Mochi with Red Bean Paste (红豆南瓜饼)
Soft, gooey, sweet & nutty, Pumpkin Mochi with Red Bean Paste offers pleasure for both the eyes and the palate. It’s also great fun to make! My recipe includes make-from-scratch instructions and short-cut options.