Although I’m still full-to-bursting from the dim sum I enjoyed to celebrate the Chinese New Year, I’ve still got the taste for Chinese food, this fact never seems to change.
As a treat, my mum used to take me to a
dingy little charming Chinese restaurant in the Tasmanian suburb I grew up in for their $5.00 set three-course menu which usually consisted of chicken and sweet corn soup, beef in black bean sauce, followed by ice-cream served with a tinned lychee. I have very fond memories of my visits there, and still go weak at the knees for a good beef in black bean sauce.
I’ve dabbled in some Chinese cookery (see my Chinese crispy lemon chicken and Chicken and cashew stir-fry recipes) but now that the Year of the Snake is upon us, it’s time to get serious with the wok.
Here’s the ten recipes I’ve been dying to try:
- I was curious when I read the name of this dish – Hundred-flower chicken – it’s not what it seems! Looks delicate and really delicious (via hopes.dreams.aspirations)
- Pork is a favourite when I’m scanning any Chinese menu, and this Chairman Mao’s red braised pork looks like it’d be something I’d order – must give this one a try (via Soy & Ginger)
- I really like Szechuan (or Sichuan) peppery spicy flavours, so the Kung Pao chicken with peanut recipe on the Eddy’s Kitchen blog looks like a good starting point for good regional Chinese fare.
- Another Szechuan-style recipe that sounds great is Ma Po tofu, and Susan Eats London has a really well-explained process for creating it.
- Is there any better comfort food than dumplings? If there is, I’m yet to find it. These Steamed prawn and shiitake mushroom dumplings look fantastic, and the recipe seems straightforward enough for a rookie like me (via Cookin’ Canuck)
- Steamed pork buns are always delicious gobbled up straight from the bamboo steamer (via Just Putzing Around the Kitchen)
- Yes, it’s another pork recipe, but this Braised pork belly looks gorgeous – all sticky, sweet, and spicy (via Lemons & Anchovies)
- For something a little lighter, this Chinese wonton soup looks refreshingly simple (via Souper Sunday)
- Chinese duck pancakes are always popular with me and my friends when we eat out – much easier to do it at home! She Wolf in the Kitchen has a nice simple recipe I’m keen to try.
- Because no meal (even Chinese!) is complete without a sweet, this Peanut and sesame brittle looks like a real treat – great for giving as gifts too (via Roti n Rice)
Have you got any tried-and-tested authentic Chinese recipes? I’d love to hear from you!