What are the best Chinese dishes?

Considered to be one of the oldest and most diverse cuisines in the world, Chinese dishes and cuisines are definitely a crowd favorite. Chinese cuisines stem from their country’s long history and numerous styles of cooking. Chinese foods are known for their color, taste, and aroma.

A usual Chinese menu usually consists of varieties of noodles, rice, meats, and vegetables. A usual Chinese meal will consist of no more than three dishes. Each dish has its own distinct taste and eating experience, but there are definitely some that are more well-known than others such as:

  • Hotpot – a famous Chinese dish that gives you a whole dining experience. It consists of a good, flavorful broth with your chosen ingredients such as meat slices and vegetables. 
  • Chow mein – this dish translates to stir-fried noodles which also consists of either chicken, beef, shrimp, or pork, as well as onions and celery. 
  • Sichuan Pork – this dish consists of spicy slices of pork which are boiled in water with a coating made from egg white and starch. This method preserves the pork’s freshness and tenderness as opposed to stir-frying or deep-frying. 
  • Spring rolls – another classic and famous Chinese dish which is a rolled appetizer filled with either meat or vegetables. 
  • Dim sum – Usually consumed as snacks, dim sums are a small bite-sized filled-dough stuffed with either veggies or meat. 
  • Dumplings – consists of minced meat and chopped vegetables that are wrapped in a thin dough, which are eaten either as a dessert or appetizer. 

What Chinese dishes are healthy?

If you are craving for some Chinese dishes, then your first move would probably to order Chinese takeout. However, as much as it is tasty, it is not always the healthiest choice because some Chinese takeout dishes are loaded with oil, salt, sugar, and other processed additives. But luckily, there are some Chinese dishes that are made from healthy ingredients which you can easily make from home: 

  • Steamed dumplings – steamed foods are always better than fried ones. Steamed dumplings are pockets of dough filled with meat and vegetables.
  • Spring rolls – these are usually stuffed with vegetables, shrimp, or meat which you can also prepare steamed than fried. 
  • Chop suey – a stir-fried dish that consists of eggs, meat, and sliced vegetables.  
  • Beef or chicken, and broccoli – a classic healthy and filling dish that gets the job done. 

How do you make Chinese food at home?

There are several Chinese dishes that you can easily make at home. You just need several ingredients that make up a Chinese food such as garlic, ginger, onions, sliced vegetables, soy sauce, and sesame oil. Of course, don’t forget the rice. Most Chinese dishes are either prepared by steaming, deep-frying, and stir-frying which only take minutes to make. You can start by making their fried rice which usually only consists of peas, shrimp, soy sauce, egg, and frozen veggies. Then pair it up with some steamed dumplings or spring rolls.

Healthy Chinese recipes

The beauty of Chinese cuisine is that they love incorporating vegetables in their dishes. If you are craving for some authentic and tasty Chinese food, then here are some healthy Chinese recipes that you can easily make on your own. 

 

15. Easy Chicken Stir Fry

This Easy Chicken Stir Fry will become a weekly dinner the whole family will love! Swap in different veggies to keep it seasonal and affordable, just follow the basic formula!

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14. Chinese Cashew Chicken (Gluten-Free, Soy-Free)

You won’t need to spend money on take-out anymore! The best Chinese Cashew Chicken made right at home, gluten-free, and soy-free! A healthier recipe you can make for dinner and have the best leftovers for lunch!

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13. Sweet & Sour Chicken (Gluten-Free, Paleo, Allergy-Free)

The best quick and easy recipe for Sweet & Sour Chicken! A Chinese takeout favorite that’s homemade, gluten-free, paleo, and allergy-free! This healthier unfried version is made in a wok or skillet on the stove and tossed with a sweet and sticky sauce that’s naturally sweet!

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12. Classic Vegetable Fried Rice (Gluten-Free, Vegan, Allergy-Free)

A super quick and easy Classic Vegetable Fried Rice recipe so you don’t need to order takeout! It’s gluten-free, vegan, top 8 allergy-free, healthy, and full of veggies! A perfect side dish for using leftover rice and transforming it into a delicious lunch or dinner!

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11. Spiralized Chinese Egg Roll in a Bowl

The quick and easy way to have everything you love about Chinese Egg Rolls but gluten free, low carb and even soy free!

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10. Chicken Chow Mein Recipe

Your favorite Chinese restaurant is going to miss you. With this Easy Chicken Chow Mein Recipe, you’ll be making dinner in far less time than it takes to get take-out delivered to your doorstep.

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9. Vegan Egg Roll in a Bowl

Back when we ate meat, my sister would treat us to one of her favorite dishes, which is egg roll in a bowl. This was made with just a few ingredients, including ground meat, cabbage, ginger, garlic, soy sauce, green onions, and a side of rice. I really liked this dish and didn’t really ever think to recreate it with a vegan alternative.

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8. Vegan Teriyaki Chickpea Bowl

This vegan teriyaki bowl is Asian inspired (like Chinese takeout teriyaki chicken) with oven roasted frozen broccoli, served over a bed of rice.

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7. Gluten Free Stir Fry Beef and Broccoli

If you thought you had to give up Asian foods when going gluten free, this gluten free stir fry beef and broccoli dish is perfect for those busy nights. It is ready in under 20 minutes!

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6. Hot and Spicy Pot Sticker

This recipe for Hot and Spicy Pot Stickers comes from the cookbook, Half Baked Harvest Super Simple by Tieghan Gerard. I was sent the cookbook to review and all opinions listed are 100% my own.

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5. Easy Chinese Vegetable Soup (From Scratch)

This easy Chinese vegetable soup is a perfect Asian twist on a tasty classic. It’s one of our most popular recipes – healthy, comforting, and better than any canned soup out there.

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4. General Tso’s Cauliflower

General Tso’s Cauliflower will replace your Chinese take out! A silky sauce seasoned with fresh ginger, garlic and red pepper flakes, for just a touch of heat, surrounds tender cauliflower for the perfect meatless meal.

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3. Healthy Chinese Chicken Salad

A healthy Chinese chicken salad full of crunchy veggies like cabbage, carrots, sprouts, and snap peas! Served with a light, flavorful soy sesame dressing!

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2.  15 Minute Thai Basil Tofu Stir Fry (Pad Krapow)

Try this easy and fast recipe for vegetarian Thai basil tofu stir fry aka Tofu Pad Krapow. Stir fried ground tofu with garlic, ginger, and veggies in a spicy, savory soy sauce!

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1. PF Chang’s Inspired Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Easy PF Chang’s inspired chicken lettuce wraps made with ground chicken & an Asian blend of hoisin & soy sauce. Asian chicken lettuce wraps ready in 20 minutes!

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