10 Shellfish-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
1. Spicy Sichuan Green Beans with Ground Pork
Sichuan Green Beans
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
Chinese Ginger Chicken
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
Hakka Noodles
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
Healthy Broccoli Beef
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
Stir-fried Beef and Onions
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. Easy Kung Pao Chicken
Easy Kung Pao Chicken
This classic Chinese dish features a dark and pungent sauce, spiked with chiles, glazed chunks of chicken and crunchy peanuts. Break the chiles in half and shake out the seeds to remove some of their fire or leave the seeds in if you like it very hot. Sichuan peppercorns, aka wild pepper or prickly ash, adds a woody, citrusy aroma and tingly numbing sensation. Watch this Grokker Premium video to see Hakka Chinese chef Linda Lau Anusasananan's demonstration of how to prepare this delicious spicy Sichuan favorite.
7. Chinese New Year Potsticker Dumplings 煎餃
Chinese New Year Potsticker Dumplings 煎餃
Enjoy this old family recipe for how to make Chinese pork dumplings. Perfect little parcels of flavour with a sticky bottom and a sweet & spicy sauce. Yum yum yum!
8. Chinese Glazed Spare Ribs
Chinese Glazed Spare Ribs
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.
9. Chinese Pork Dumplings
Chinese Pork Dumplings
Watch how to make traditional Hong Kong-style dumplings filled with ground pork from Seattle's Liana Café House as well as a delicious dipping sauce. They're surprisingly simple and fun to make. You'll see how to fill and seal the dumplings before browning and steaming them and how to make a simple dipping sauce.
10. General Tso's Chicken
General Tso's Chicken
Quick and easy General Tso's chicken recipe.
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