Cooking Techniques for Chinese Food

Cooking Techniques for Chinese Food

March 2, 2024 0 By Lewys Huffman

Chinese culture places less importance on food groups and more emphasis on taste, texture and appearance of their meals. A typical Chinese meal includes rice with vegetables or fruit alongside meat or fish and soup for accompaniment.

Chinese dishes typically served in Chinese restaurants include Kung Pao Chicken, Peking Duck and Potstickers (meat or vegetable-filled dumplings). Other popular Chinese fare includes Chow Mein Noodles, Fried Rice, Prawn Crackers and Fortune Cookies.


After pouring cooking oil onto a hot pan, ingredients are slowly added one at a time depending on the dish being created. Meat and vegetables that require time to tenderize or brown are typically among the first components to go in first.

Start with aromatics like finely chopped garlic, ginger or scallions as your aromatic base, followed by vegetables in a flavorful sauce thickened with starch slurry and optional quick-cooking veggies like leafy greens, bean sprouts or snow peas; finish it off with garnish such as sliced scallions to complete this delicious meal!

Chinese stir-fry dishes are designed to be eaten over rice or other grains like quinoa, Japanese rice, udon noodles and glass noodles. A successful stir fry should boast an aromatic sauce with bold flavor that coats each grain without making it soggy or sodden; to achieve this goal, cooks should utilize an exceptional soy sauce.


Chinese cooking is world-renowned for its vibrant colors, scents and flavors. While this may be due to the ingredients themselves, its unique appeal also stems from its cooking techniques used. These techniques include stir-frying, boiling and roasting which all play their own parts in creating Chinese cuisine.

Boiling is one of the easiest and quickest ways to make Chinese dishes, as ingredients are washed and cut prior to being submerged into boiling water or broth until fully cooked. This method works especially well when it comes to small-sized and soft ingredients like vegetables and vegetable soup.

Keep some essential Chinese cooking liquids on hand, such as Shaoxing wine, dark soy sauce (thicker and richer than regular soy sauce usually used for coloring), hot chili oil and oyster sauce (which provides quick umami). When possible use fresh ingredients when available; otherwise choose packaged items with minimal preservatives.


Chinese recipes are world renowned, requiring careful attention to every detail in their preparation. Employing various cooking techniques – stir frying, boiling, roasting and steaming among them – these dishes aim to preserve flavors while creating beautiful appearances.

Roasting is a popular method used in Chinese cuisine, wherein dishes are seasoned and basted with cooking oil prior to being suspended over an open flame or placed in an oven. This process allows ingredients to reach their ideal crispiness while simultaneously developing their flavors over time.

Roasted meats are a common feature in Chinese cuisine, including chicken and duck. One particularly delicious Cantonese roast pork dish known as siu yuk is prepared using this method: after cleaning and seasoning the pork loin with cooking oil before being placed in an oven at high temperature to roast at an optimal temperature, its succulent flesh becomes succulent yet flavorful while its crispy skin has an irresistibly succulent texture – often served alongside sauce made from its juices!


Sauteing involves cooking food in a small amount of oil at moderately high heat in order to achieve that exquisite brown crust that distinguishes Chinese cuisine. To prevent burning, the food must be moved and flipped regularly – the ideal method being using a heatproof spatula.

Chinese dishes often use fragrant herbs and spices to add an aromatic flair, not only increasing their delicious taste but also stimulating one’s sense of smell and stimulating appetite. A well-seasoned dish not only tastes wonderful, but can stimulate both senses at once!

Chinese cooking relies heavily on rice vinegar, soy sauce, hoisin sauce, oyster sauce, sesame oil, and sesame seed oil for seasoning purposes. These sauces impart sweet, tangy, savory and deep flavors into their food while other spice additions include chilies, scallions, ginger garlic as well as fresh herbs such as cilantro and mint to further add depth.