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112 Chinese Recipes You’ll Make Again and Again

By: Margaret Wong and Carlos Olaechea
Updated on June 21, 2024

From congee and noodles to char siu and dumplings, these recipes will help you fill out your Chinese cooking repertoire.

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Our Favorite Chinese Dishes

China has one of the world’s most well-developed and sophisticated cuisines. It is the origin of many of the world’s cooking techniques, and traditional Chinese foods have spread throughout the world where they have been adopted by local populations. Nevertheless, many of us only know the tip of the iceberg when it comes to this nation’s myriad cuisines. From stir-frys to dumplings, and so much more in between, here’s just a sample of what Chinese and Chinese American food can look and taste like.

The chicken and broccoli you find at your favorite Chinese restaurant is usually covered in an intensely flavored brown sauce often based on oyster and soy sauces. This recipe showcases a milder but equally delicious Chinese white sauce that might be familiar to you from dishes like shrimp in lobster sauce. It’s clear and savory, thickened with a cornstarch slurry. This recipe also highlights the traditional Chinese technique of “velveting,” a marinating process that coats proteins to tenderize, lock in the juices and promote browning.

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Singapore Mei Fun

Singapore mei fun, a classic noodle dish in Chinese restaurants around the world, did not originate in Singapore – and many Singaporeans have not even heard of the dish that bears their country’s name. It was created in Hong Kong when it was a British colony and curry powder was readily available. Mixed with rice noodles and a variety of proteins and vegetables, it is the perfect seasoning for this satisfying stir-fry.

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Scallion Pancakes with Dim Sum Dipper

A classic, go-to appetizer. Ming Tsai’s soft, pliable pancakes come together in just 40 minutes – and are sure to please any crowd.

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Takeout-style Air Fryer Egg Rolls

We created an air fryer version of egg rolls that’s crisp, savory and satisfying without all the oil of deep frying. We kept the filling classic with shredded cabbage, carrots, and strips of char siu, which you can buy from Chinese barbecue restaurants (you’ll likely see this red-tinged roast pork hanging on hooks in the window). Make a large batch and freeze extras so you can have this Chinese American takeout favorite as an appetizer any time.

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