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Top 10 Most Popular Chinese Foods You Should Try Out!

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Chinese cuisine has captured the hearts and taste buds of millions worldwide. From mouthwatering stir fries and delectable dumplings to satisfying entrees like Kung Pao chicken and Mongolian beef, Chinese food offers something delicious for everyone.

Here are 10 of the most delicious Chinese dishes you should sample – be it from your favorite restaurant or cooking them yourself!

1. Kung Pao Chicken

Kung Pao Chicken is an easy and delectable Sichuan dish packed with bold flavors, and boasting the distinct tingle of Sichuan peppercorn and dried red chili peppers.

Typically, this recipe calls for vegetable oil; however, substituting other oils, like peanut or sesame seed oil can provide a healthier option. Vegetable oil contains omega-6 fatty acids which may contribute to inflammation if not balanced out by omega-3s.

To make this recipe healthier, prepare the chicken and sauce up to 24 hours in advance. This can save time and energy when making this mouthwatering dish! Furthermore, opting for brown rice or quinoa as part of this delicious meal can help meet nutrition goals while helping maintain weight control.

2. Mapo Tofu

Mapo Tofu is an accessible dish to make at home, featuring soft tofu coated in a spicy and numbing sauce made of doubanjiang fermented black bean paste and ground Sichuan pepper. This deep-savory and spicy condiment can also be found in popular Sichuan dishes like Twice Cooked Pork, Stir Fry Beef with Mushrooms, and Sichuan Eggplant dishes.

Make this comforting Chinese dish with regular tofu in pressed blocks, ground pork (or vegetarian substitute), doubanjiang, garlic and ginger paste, chili powder, scallion green onion slices and Sichuan peppercorns. Combine all of these ingredients, stirring as needed until everything comes together before simmering until thickened with cornstarch. Enjoy it over steamed rice; this tasty treat is sure to please tofu lovers everywhere! For those not fond of spicy meals, leave out ground Sichuan peppercorns before simmering until thickened – even those not fond of spicy dishes can opt out altogether by leaving out ground Sichuan peppercorns instead!

3. Veggie Spring Rolls

This traditional Chinese snack features a vegetable mash-up wrapped in thin pastry sheet. Originating centuries ago in Asia and gradually making its way worldwide cuisines, this dish boasts low carbs while being packed with essential nutrients and fiber – perfect for vegetarians!

To start making spring roll wrappers, first soak one in water to soften, before placing it on a cutting board or clean towel and adding vegetables – starting with lettuce leaves and then carrots, cucumber, scalions, mint leaves and cooked noodles.

Fold the edges and tuck in. Serve immediately with your preferred dipping sauce or keep covered with damp paper towel in the fridge to stay fresh up to two or three hours later.

4. Wontons

Wontons are a type of Chinese dumpling (known by both Cantonese and Shanghainese names, wantan or wun tun) commonly consumed as an appetizer or snack with dipping sauce. Boiling or deep frying methods may be employed.

Fillings for wontons can range from pork, shrimp, fish, vegetables, cheeses and herbs – or for an alternative healthy choice, tofu can be substituted as the filler of choice!

To prepare steamed wontons, bring a large pot of lightly salted water to boil and add napa cabbage leaves, cooking for one minute without cover until tender. Drain and immediately rinse under cold water in order to stop the cooking process and cool the leaves down before discarding them.

To create fried wontons, arrange your wrapped wontons in an even layer on a tray or baking sheet and dust it lightly with flour or line it with parchment paper to prevent sticking.

5. Chow Mein

Chow mein is an iconic Chinese dish consisting of soft wheat noodles tossed with plenty of vegetables and protein-rich proteins, then drizzled with an aromatic sauce before being finished off with crunchy carrots, cabbage leaves and bean sprouts for garnish.

Ingredients needed for chow mein are generally easy to locate at the grocery store, though some might require special effort. Search the refrigerated section for noodles already partially cooked as these will make for quicker cooking times and better flavor!

As for protein sources, try chicken, pork, beef or shrimp (firm tofu is also great if you are vegetarian) along with some toasted sesame oil for additional flavor and warmth. For an authentic taste add oyster sauce or fish sauce (if unable to find them use dry sherry or mirin; as always a dash of sugar can add sweetness while keeping everything balanced!). A dash of sugar adds just the right touch!

6. Orange Chicken

Panda Express’ signature orange chicken dish features crispy fried chicken doused in sweet and tangy sauce. Due to its immense popularity, this fast-food chain recently debuted their plant-based orange chicken product in partnership with vegan company Beyond Meat.

Orange chicken is a classic combination of soy sauce, brown sugar, vinegar and orange juice with citrus zest for extra zesty flair. Garlic, ginger and scallions enhance its depth.

To make orange chicken more healthy, opt for boneless skinless chicken thighs instead of chicken breasts and swap out the rice for more nutritious options such as broccoli, bok choy, carrots or bean sprouts. When enjoying orange chicken remember to limit portion size as one serving can contain over 400 calories which could contribute to weight gain or adverse health consequences.

7. Dumplings

Dumplings are an adaptable dish that can be prepared any number of ways, from boiling and steaming them, to pan-frying. Made of dough wrapped around minced meat or vegetables fillings and served in soup or with dipping sauces – dumplings offer something delicious for every palate!

Some of the most famous dumplings include har gow, gyoza and niku man (). Har gow is traditionally made with shrimp and bamboo shoots wrapped in flour or various starches such as extracted wheat starch, rice starch or tapioca starch for an irresistibly chewy texture.

To eat them, they are typically dropped gently into boiling broth or steamed and fished out once they float to the surface of the liquid. The resulting soup or stew can then be enjoyed by both vegetarians and carnivores alike – additional popular fillings for these noodles include cabbage (especially napa cabbage) or ground pork.

8. Hot and Sour Soup

Have you experienced hot and sour soup at a Chinese restaurant before? Did you know it can be made easily at home, with much greater flavorful results than any takeout version!?

Hot and sour soup gets its tart edge from rice vinegar, though its tart flavor can also be achieved through adding “taste powder”. While its exact composition remains unknown, some recipes call for MSG as part of this “taste powder”.

Soft tofu, wood ear mushrooms and eggs come together in this comforting soup to form its core ingredients. Dried lily buds (sometimes called golden needles) add fruity floral notes while red pepper flakes (optional) provide spicy heat reminiscent of hot and sour soup. Garnish it off with chopped scallions.

9. Sweet and Sour Pork

Sweet, sour, savory and crunchy all rolled into one delicious meal: this mouthwatering Chinese take out inspired dish is extremely simple to recreate at home! Plus it makes great leftovers!

Tender pieces of pork are lightly battered and pan seared until golden crispy, then combined with colorful vegetables and pineapple chunks in a sweet-tart sauce for a delightful zi char classic: sweet and sour pork! Delighting diners with its vibrant mix of flavors and textures that tantalize diners’ senses.

To create the batter, whisk the cornflour (cornstarch) in a shallow bowl while beating together eggs in another. Lightly mix these ingredients, and dip each piece of pork in both cornflour and egg wash before finally dredging in seasoned flour. For extra crispy pork bites, double frying first and draining on paper towels helps the coating stay drier for even crispier coating.

10. General Tso’s Chicken

General Tso’s Chicken is one of the most iconic Chinese dishes in America. This popular appetizer typically consists of battered and fried chicken pieces covered with an addictive sweet and spicy sauce reminiscent of General Zuo Zongtang’s leadership of Qing Dynasty forces during Taiping Rebellion – an 14 year civil war which resulted in over 20 million deaths – to name but one. It takes its name from this influential Hunanese general who led Qing forces during Taiping Rebellion as leader of Qing Dynasty forces during Taiping Rebellion which resulted in 20 million deaths resulting from 20 million deaths during 14 year civil war between Qing Dynasty forces led by General Zuo Zongtang during Taiping Rebellion civil war where 20 million deaths occurred during 14 year civil war by Taping Rebellion 20 million deaths occurred due to civil war between both forces during which warring factions involved 20 million deaths each side

General Tso’s Chicken remains popular despite criticisms; some critics allege it to be too sweet, spicy or greasy while others assert it isn’t authentic Chinese cuisine. While General Tso’s Chicken contains important nutrients such as protein and iron, it may also contain high quantities of calories, fat and sugar; to find out how best to enjoy this dish while staying within your health goals consult a registered dietitian for personalized advice.