There is no denying how the aesthetics of China reflects on its rich and savory dishes that are being loved by visitors from different countries. Being the world’s oldest country, it has embraced the vast growth of modernization while preserving its historical culture and tradition. With its huge population, it’s a no-brainer that the Chinese people also love to eat. In fact, it is also one of the reasons why this country has a lot of recipes to share. During these trying times, you can always cook and recreate dishes while staying at home and Chinese cuisines are just of the many recipes you can try.
Are you ready to experience China right at your dinner table? Aside from the Great Wall, temples built in the mountains, and the ancient villages that may seem to be forbidden, there are a whole lot of things to discover and love about China. But since we couldn’t physically be there at the moment, a virtual tour is always possible through this technology that we are enjoying. So, while we’re at it, check out the Chinese recipes that you can cook with the ingredients that are available in your pantry.
China’s Stay-at-Home Recipes
Because of the 1.4 billion foodies in China, this quarantine season had never stopped them from cooking, sharing, and enjoying the dishes that the country was known for. In fact, the cultural lifestyle of the vast land can still find ways on how they can showcase their traditional and modern recipes while the entire nation is dealing with this pandemic.
Thanks to technology, we can still have unlimited access to global dishes that we can still try at home in order to cope with this new normal. Here are some of the recipes you can prepare and surprise your family with the Chinese menu today.
Egg Fried Rice
If you used to call a food delivery service, this time try to flaunt your cooking style with China’s famous Egg Fried Rice. With some leftover or freshly cooked rice and a wok, you’re good to have a perfect staple food.
- Rice – 250 g
- Vegetable oil – 3 tbsp
- Onion – 1, chopped
- Eggs – 4, beaten
- Spring onions -2, sliced
This dish may require simple recipes but the way it touches your taste buds is truly exquisite. Chinese loves using various ingredients and seasonings creating even a simple fried rice recipe enticingly delicious. They have actually a variety of fried rice dishes such as the Yangzhou fried rice and fried rice with soy sauce.
Traditional Chinese Spring Roll
If you have assembled a perfect staple dish then it definitely requires a perfect main course or a side that will complete your stay-at-home Chinese cuisine setup. The Chinese Spring Roll is just one of the many famous dishes you should never miss when you tour around China, which won’t happen anytime soon, unfortunately. But while we’re all dealing with the stay-at-home-new-normal, consider this as a virtual trip to this Asian country who have contributed so much in the international menu.
- Spring roll wrappers – 20 pcs
- Pork – 1 cup, shredded
- Carrot – 1 cup, shredded
- Napa cabbage – 1 cup, shredded
- Cooking oil – 2 tbsp
- Oyster sauce – 1 tbsp
- Bean sprouts – 50 g
For sealing the spring roll:
- Flour – 1 tbsp
- Water – 1 tbsp
- White pepper – ¼ tsp
- Salt – ¼ tsp
- Sugar – ½ tsp
- Soy sauce – light, ½ tsp
- Shaoxing cooking wine – 1 tbsp
- Cornstarch – 2 tsp
- Sesame oil – 1 tbsp
Chinese cuisines love to mix meat with fresh vegetables, as you may have noticed. But what they are very particular about is to make use of crunchy, sweet, light, and fresh vegetables only, which is actually their secret. Why? Because once you cook those fresh veggies and blended with various meat, it will produce nothing but a savory and enticing flavor your taste buds will definitely love.
Of course, you won’t fully enjoy a meal without a drink either before, during, or after. Now here are the “must-try” drinks to complete your Chinese meal experience even while you’re staying at home.
A non-alcoholic, non-toxic, and non-oxidized tea is considered a trademark of China. They can offer you with a lot of varieties of tea but the most famous is their Green tea. It’s a freshly brewed evergreen leaves which makes it authentically color green. To have the best kind of green tea time, it’s best to have it with either a mochi, sushi, tteok, or a cheesecake.
If you are after some booze and spirit, you can try their ancient Chinese Xifengjiu drink that came from fermented peas, barley, sorghums, and wheat, with special water that only comes from the Shaanxi province. See how intricate yet precise the spirit is created out of its bottle? Prepare a shot glass and you’re all up.
Loving China Yet?
Can you now visualize how this vast country can provide you with an enormous list of great things to experience with just their food and drink alone? That means, you won’t run out of recipe options anytime you feel like using chopsticks and look all posh with your Chinaware. Plus, having tea as a daily drink can do you wonders, health-wise.