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10 Dairy-Free Chinese Recipes

Drew Glover • March 17, 2015
Shanghai dumplings, stir-fry dishes, chow mein, noodles, stinky tofu, and Dongpo pork. The list goes on and on and your choice of dishes in endless. Watch and learn to make amazing Chinese dishes and share with the people you love!Sichuan Green Beans by Linda Anusasananan
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1. Spicy Sichuan Green Beans with Ground Pork
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In restaurants, Sichuan green beans are typically deep-fried in oil. Linda’s simplified home recipe skips deep-frying for a healthier version of this classic dish. The beans are stir-fried until browned and blistered, then cooked with lively seasonings. With the large quantity of red chiles, the dish looks scorching hot. In fact, if you shake most of the seeds out of chiles, the effect of the chiles is relatively mild. The preserved vegetable or fermented black beans add an authentic, slightly fermented flavor, but is not essential. Omit the pork for a vegetarian version.
2. Steeped Chinese Ginger Chicken in Little Lettuce Cups
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This chicken recipe combines two easy recipes adapted from Linda’s book, The Hakka Cookbook, to make a fresh tasting first course or cool summer supper. The chicken is cooked using a no-fuss technique called steeping, which keeps it moist. The accompanying ginger sauce adds a delicate, refined flavor - the perfect compliment to the similarly sophisticated presentation in baby lettuce leaves.
3. Hakka Chinese Noodles with Pork & Mushroom Sauce
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This rustic comfort dish uses common Hakka ingredients–pork, mushrooms, and Chinese chives–to create a savory topping for a main course serving of noodles. The addition of dark soy sauce, which is aged and blended with molasses, imbues the noodles with an intense dark, deep, rich taste and color, making it a unique, filling dish to serve for family and guests after a long day.
4. Healthy Broccoli Beef
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A Chinese takeout classic made at home. Linda's healthy broccoli beef recipe can be made in less time than it would take to pack the kids into the car and drive to the nearest Chinese restaurant. In this video, you'll learn not just how to make broccoli beef, but how to present this traditional side dish as a main course centerpiece.
5. Stir-fried Beef and Onions
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With two different kinds of onions and a soy based marinate for the beef flank this dish has the perfect combination of flavors. Author of The Hakka Cookbook, Linda Lau Anusasananan shares one of her favorite recipes with the combination of beef and onion in this Grokker Premium video.
6. Hakka-Style Chinese Chow Mein with Shrimp
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This recipe was created by Hakka (Han Chinese) chefs in India for their Indian customers. It is very much like a basic Chinese chow mein or lo mein, except for the generous addition of fresh chiles and pepper. If you like it even hotter, serve with a small bowl of soy sauce, seasoned with minced fresh chiles. If you like it mild, leave out the chiles and reduce the black pepper. In this Grokker Premium video Linda demonstrates this recipe that she learned from Peter Tseng at Tangra Asian Fusion Cuisine in Queens, NY, where they call it Garlic Noodles.
7. Chinese Glazed Spare Ribs
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These ribs are sweet and savory, and easy to make. The ribs are marinated in a delicious Hoisin-based sauce, which also acts as a final glaze to give the ribs a sweet shiny finish. Hoisin sauce, which is made from ground fermented soy beans, sugar, and spices, imbues the marinade with a savory depth of flavor and the soy sauce and honey in the marinade add sweet and salty accents. Allow at least 2 hours, or better yet overnight, for the meat to soak up the flavors. Watch all of Linda's Grokker Premium videos for delicious recipes made in the style of the Hakka people of China.
8. Egg Foo Young
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This dish is an old-fashioned Chinese classic. Egg foo young is an omelette dish consisting of patties fashioned from vegetables, seafood or meat, and bound together with eggs. Make them for your family or kids, using bits of leftovers. To create your own version, you will need a ratio of ~1 1/4 cups of cooked meat and vegetables for every three eggs. Double the recipe, if you like. Hakka Expert Linda Anusasananan shares this easy and fun recipe in this Grokker Premium video.
9. Xiao Long Bao (Soup Dumplings)
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Din Tai Fung are known worldwide for their Xialongbao (soup dumplings) They have recently opened the first Din Tai Fung Dumpling Bar in the world at Westfield Sydney Level 5 and it is a sight to behold. The process of making their dumpling is highly specialised and can be witnessed first hand as they are made right in front of you. There is also an art to eating their Xialongbao which Dendy Sjahada explains to you in this piece.
10. How to Eat Xiao Long Bao (Soup Dumplings)
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How do YOU eat xiao long bao? We got together with Kristie and Clarissa from 626 Foodettes to make a fun video on the different ways they eat XLB. Learn how to eat XLB the "proper" way, or get inspired to try the more "fun" ways to eat those delicious soup dumplings.
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