Chinese recipes come in thousands of different
varieties. Everyone has their favorite dish but every
restaurant you go to will have a different recipe for
This can be a pain if you are trying to recreate it
and you might have to try a couple different times to
get it just right. The best recipes have been handed
down through family lines and it may be hard to get
them without shelling out some cash for a cookbook.
The standard types of Chinese recipes are rice,
noodle, meat, seafood, and vegetable. There are also
recipes that belong to the many different regions of
China. Your Lo Mein in Beijing might taste nothing
like your Lo Mein in Shanghai.
Regions play a very important role in different
Chinese recipes. Many restaurants incorporate the
various regions into their menu so you can get a feel
for what is popular all over the different areas of
The Northern regions use more wheat and noodles as
opposed to the Southern regions which use a lot of
rice and rice flour in their dishes. China is a huge
country so the climate in the North is much different
than the South.
Spices play a key role in many types of Chinese
recipes as well. A familiar spicy dish is the famous
Kung Pao. Used with shrimp or chicken usually, this
type of recipe is made with pepper sauce and the level
of heat can vary.
Even with the regions and spices involved, Chinese
recipes still usually are rice or noodle based and
have a meat and vegetable accompanying or mixed with
it. Soups and pancakes are an exception and are great
recipes to try out.