10 Foods from Chinese Cuisine You Should Know About

Chinese Cuisine

In China, food is more than just sustenance. It’s a source of art and culture. In fact, the word “cuisine” comes from the French word for cooking: cuisine. And in China, there are 10 foods you should know about because they’re Chinese delicacies that have been around for centuries.

Chinese rice wine

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Rice wine is a Chinese alcoholic beverage made from rice. It has an alcohol content of about 18%. Rice wines are often consumed during Chinese meals, and it’s common to see rice wines alongside Chinese dishes in restaurants.

Some styles of Chinese cuisine use rice wine as part of the cooking process, while others serve it on the side like soy sauce for dipping various types of food into. The flavor profile can vary depending on how long you cook the wine with the dish, or if you used any other ingredients in your recipe besides just Chinese rice wine.

Types include: Shaoxing Wine (紹興酒), Shaojiu (燒酒), Hongqu (紅麴)

Dim Sum

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When you think about Chinese cuisine, what comes to mind? Stir-fries, sweet and sour dishes, chow mein? All of these are common dishes in the Chinese food canon. But there is one dish that is often overlooked: Dim Sum.

Dim Sum consists of many different types of small bites or snacks which are usually steamed or fried dumplings filled with meat and vegetables. These bite sized morsels come in a variety of flavors such as shrimp and chive dumplings, pork potstickers, chicken feet (a bit odd for some), wontons with minced pork filling. You can get them plain or served in an aromatic broth. They make excellent appetizers before your main course at a chinese restaurant and they’re just as tasty as an appetizer before a chinese feast at home.

Many Chinese restaurants today offer Dim Sum during lunch hours or weekday evenings. You can place your order for Chinese food online to enjoy these wonderful Chinese treats in the comfort of your own home. Just make sure you try them with friends, chinese food is always a communal experience!

Peking Duck

The Peking Duck is a Chinese dish that has been known to be served in Beijing for over 500 years, according to some sources. It’s typically roasted with plum sauce and eaten with thin pancakes, cucumbers, scallions, and hoisin sauce. There are many variations of this dish including the Cantonese version which is usually pan-fried or steamed rather than roasted. The meat of the duck is used in various other dishes as well including soup dumplings called xiao long bao.

Since its origin it has become one of China’s most famous dishes due to its delicious taste and history behind it. This food should be on everyone’s list if they ever visit china!


Wontons are chinese dumplings that can be boiled, fried or steamed. They come in two varieties: the boiled and the deep-fried. A wonton wrapper is a thin dough skin with a square shape and draped over is chinese chives and ground pork filling. Boiled wontons are served as an accompaniment to rice congee or soup, while deep-fried wontons may be served as finger food accompanied by dipping sauces such as soy sauce, vinegar or chili oil for added flavor. The origin of the word “wonton” has been debated but amongst various sources it has been believed to have derived from Chinese “wonton”, meaning “swollen”. These easy to prepare snacks make for excellent party foods and are loved by chinese food fans the world over.

Fried Rice

If you don’t know what chinese cuisine is, or have never heard of fried rice, this article is for you.

Chinese cuisine is a type of food that originated in China and has since spread across the world. It’s often characterized by an emphasis on vegetables, seafood and meats with soy sauce as a condiment. Fried rice is one dish that comes from Chinese cuisine; it’s typically made with leftover cooked rice (usually white) mixed with other ingredients like meat (typically pork), eggs, green onions and garlic. The result is a dish that can be served warm or cold depending on your preference.

The chinese version of fried rice varies greatly from the traditional american recipe; the chinese style uses less oil, more meat, eggs and chinese sausage. The Chinese also season their rice with Chinese five-spice powder too to add flavor.

Hot Pot

Chinese cuisine has a lot of interesting dishes. Some, like hot pot, are more popular in China than they are abroad.

Hot pot is also known by the names chao shou or chao guo; it can refer to either individual pots of soup (cooked at the table) or large communal cauldrons (cooked in front of an open fire). The ingredients for each dish vary widely and may include bone-in cuts of meat, whole fish, tofu, vegetables or seafood. Whatever you choose will be cooked with broth and spices until tender before being placed on your plate to be eaten with rice noodles or other accompaniments.

The idea behind hotpot is that diners dip raw ingredients into boiling soup just long enough to cook it. It’s important to be careful when the broth is boiling furiously, so as not to scald your mouth or hands.

Kung Pao Chicken

Kung Pao Chicken, or Gong Bao Ji Ding in Chinese, is a spicy Chinese dish that consists of chunky dry-fried chicken pieces with peanuts and vegetables. The dish has been claimed to have Sichuan origins but it may also be an evolution of the Guizhou dish called Kung Pao Shrimp.

There are many variations on the recipe but the most common ingredients are dried chili peppers, garlic cloves, doubanjiang (a chile paste), rice wine or Shaoxing wine, soy sauce or light soy sauce, sugar and dark vinegar. The flavor is usually oily which comes from adding hot oil at the end of cooking time. Besides meat and vegetables there might also be added cashews for texture and peanuts or sesame seeds for flavor.

The vegetables used in Kung Pao Chicken usually consist of celery and carrots as well as scallions which are cut into chunky pieces. The chilis, garlic and ginger make up the main part of this dish but you can also add chinese leeks to it as well as dried chinese chilis that are not spicy but give the dish a very intense chinese flavor.

The chinese seasoning is one of the most important parts of this recipe as well as it’s preparation, because every single ingredient has its own function to play in creating the perfect Kung Pao Chicken taste. It is therefore important to mix well before adding the chilis making sure not to burn them.


Chawanmushi is a type of steamed egg custard dish that’s well known for its silky and smooth texture. This chinese food is especially popular in eastern china, where it may be eaten as dessert or used as filling inside buns and cakes.

Chawanmushi has been around for centuries, but the earliest recorded mention of this Chinese dessert was by Liu Bao, who wrote about chawanmushi back in the Song Dynasty (960-1279). The word chawanmushi itself literally translates to “teacup steam rice” because the dish originally came from Japan where tea cups were often used to make these types of dishes. In China today, chawanmushi can range from light and soft egg custard studded with meat and vegetables, to a chunky egg slab with bits of shrimp, chicken and pork.

If you want to try it for yourself, chawanmushi can easily be prepared at home by boiling a mixture of dashi stock, soy sauce and mirin together. Whisk the mixture into a smooth paste and pour it into chawanmushi cups with the egg mixture already in them. Top this off with your choice of ingredients such as shiitake mushrooms, chives, shrimp, chicken and so much more!

Beijing Roast Duck

This Chinese dish is a must-try for those who enjoy Chinese cuisine.

The Beijing Roast Duck recipe has been passed down from generation to generation and was originally created by the imperial chefs of the Ming Dynasty in Nanjing.

This dish originally consists of a whole roasted duck with crispy skin, served with aromatic vegetables and sweet sauces on top. The meat tastes juicy and tender, while the skin is crisp and full of flavor. It’s usually eaten as part of a traditional chinese meal that includes other dishes such as steamed rice, soup or congee, chow mein noodles etc., but it can also be enjoyed on its own if one desires to have just this dish for dinner or lunch time snack.

Spring Rolls

Spring rolls are a chinese food that is typically made with vegetables, meat or shrimp. The spring roll can be fried or deep-fried, and may also contain chives, garlic chives, scallions, bean sprouts and cilantro leaves.

They have been described as being similar to an egg roll but smaller in size – about the size of your hand.

The filling typically consists of cabbage which has been shredded finely before mixing it with rice vermicelli noodles (sometimes called chow mein noodles) and other ingredients like carrots, cucumber slices, onions etc. A mixture of sauces including soy sauce mixed with sugar is usually added for flavour. Sometimes sesame seeds are sprinkled on top for decoration purposes.

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