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China: Recipes and Cuisine

Chinese village and fields at harvest

Image by Chris Nener

One of the world's oldest and greatest culinary traditions, Chinese cuisine centers on the Eight Great Traditions, regional styles that form the foundation of most Chinese cooking.

Pork and chicken are popular meats, along with a wide variety of seafood along the coast. Apart from that the Chinese have a strong Buddhist tradition of vegetarian cuisine as well. Stir frying is the most well known cooking method. Ingredients in most dishes are cut into bite-sized pieces to be eaten with chopsticks.

Typical Chinese Dishes

Chinese Recipes


Bao (Chinese steamed, filled buns)

(Chinese steamed, filled buns)

Siu Mai

Steamed siu mai

(Chinese steamed pork and shrimp dumplings)


Zuiji (Chinese drunken chicken)

(Chinese drunken chicken)

Mapo Doufu

Mapo Doufu (Chinese Sichuan tofu and ground pork in spicy sauce)

(Chinese Sichuan tofu and ground pork in spicy sauce)

Cu Liu Ji

Chef stir frying in a wok

(Chinese chicken in vinegar sauce)

Lo Mai Gai

Lo Mai Gai (Chinese rice steamed in lotus leaves)

(Chinese rice steamed in lotus leaves)


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