Shanghai Noodles Recipe with Fried beef

Best ever Chinese recipes

Try one of our Chinese recipes to celebrate wealth, prosperity and longevity at Chinese New Year... and of course, amazing Chinese flavours. A great alternative to a weekend takeaway!

We all have our favourite Chinese recipe, whether it be crispy peking duck, dim sum or five-spice pork belly. On Chinese New Year, the Chinese serve particular Chinese New Year food according to their symbolic meaning. We have pulled together our favourite recipes to make sure you have a prosperous year, from noodles to dumplings, Chinese chicken to easy fish recipes. 

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Chinese dumplings – wealth

Pan fried soup dumplings (sheng jian bao)

Try our soup dumplings recipe for the best Chinese dumpling recipe. A pork, and sometimes prawn, filling is encased in a thin, chewy dough, crisped on the bottom, beautifully pleated at the top, and the first bite unleashes a torrent of heady, fragrant stock. The dumplings are served with chilli oil and black vinegar. 

Chinese Soup Dumplings (Sheng Jian Bao)

Pork and prawn dumplings

Small, delicious parcels of succulent meat and fish with a kick of chilli and ginger, pork and prawn dumplings are a dim sum favourite. Learn how to make them with step-by-step help from our test kitchen. 

Pork and Prawn Dumplings Recipe

Chicken and sweetcorn dumpling soup

Easy-to-follow recipe for chicken soup at its heartwarming best. With noodles and wanton dumplings, this Asian-flavoured broth is both light and filling.

Easy Chicken and Dumplings Noodle Soup Recipe

Open-top pork and scallop dumpling

Dumplings are a symbol of wealth, so serve this light and impressive appetiser to celebrate good fortune. Filled with scallops and pork mince in an oyster sauce, these little parcels are a delicious burst of flavour.

Scallop Dumpling Recipe with Pork

Noodles – longevity

Looking for more noodles recipes? Try our other ideas here.

Shanghai fried beef noodles

Ready in just 30 minutes, our Shanghai fried beef noodles make a great, easy meal for two midweek.

Shanghai Noodles Recipe with Fried beef

Szechuan prawn noodles

These hot and spicy Chinese-style noodles only take 15 minutes to whip up so they’d make a great quick and easy mid-week meal if you’re stuck for time or craving some healthy, low cal fast food.

Szechuan Noodles Recipe With Prawns

Sweet soy aubergine noodles

Ditch the take away menu and grab a pan, these low calorie vegetarian noodles are a quick and easy mid-week meal idea guaranteed to hit the spot.

Sweet soy aubergine noodles

Seared sesame tofu with noodle salad

A great vegetarian option, the sesame seeds and red chilli liven up this tofu dish. According to the Chinese, the noodles bring longevity, bonus!

Crispy Tofu Recipe With Noodle Salad

Fish – prosperity

Want to cook fish for Chinese New Year? Try one of our easy fish recipes here.

Ginger lemon sole with Chinese greens

A quick, easy and healthy recipe for mid-week flavour. Fish celebrates prosperity and greens symbolise longevity, so you are sure to eat your good fortune’s worth.

Lemon Sole Recipe with Chinese Vegetables

Five-spice – just because we love it

Crispy five-spice and sriracha pork belly

Check out this punchy, easy, crispy pork belly with Chinese five-spice. This flavoursome pork recipe is great with rice, noodles or bao buns.

3 Ways Pork Belly

Five-spice roast duck with clementines and port

This easy five-spice duck is a great roast for when there’s just a few of you for dinner. It feels celebratory to bring out a whole roast bird to the table and the clementines and spices will make the kitchen smell really festive.

Roast Duck Recipe With Orange Sauce

Five-spice beef with sesame greens 

An easy-to-follow recipe for slow-cooking a cheap cut of beef. With Asian flavours and sesame greens, this is a one-pot that friends and family will enjoy together.

Beef with Chinese Five Spice and Sesame Greens Recipe

Chinese duck recipes – for a Chinese banquet

Crispy duck and peach pancakes

Tangy peach sauce makes a great, simple twist to classic crispy duck pancakes. It’s so much more satisfying than calling a takeaway.

Crispy duck and peach pancakes

Sticky duck with cucumber and spring onion salad

This recipe for sticky duck with cucumber and spring onion salad takes a little extra time but is easy to make and under 500 calories, so it’s great for midweek.

Duck Salad Recipe with Cucumber and Spring Onion

Slow-roast duck with sweet tamarind

This tender and sticky duck serves four and would make for a great centre pieces for a casual dinner party. Get everyone involved and carve this one on the table before you serve it up with basmati rice and pay choy.

Slow-roasted duck with sweet tamarind

Other Chinese recipes

Crispy Chinese chicken

Check out this crispy Chinese chicken recipe with crunchy greens. This super easy meal for 3 is packed with punchy flavour and comes in at just over 400 calories.

Chinese Chicken Recipe

Crispy chilli beef stir-fry

No need to order from your local Chinese takeaway when you can rustle up this flavorsome beef stir-fry in less than 30 minutes. This recipe is not only quick and easy to make, it’s also low in calories too.

Crispy Beef Stir Fry

Sticky Chinese ribs

These sticky Chinese pork ribs are really easy to make and a great dish to treat your family and friends at the weekend. Serve with some rice and tuck in!

Chinese Ribs Recipe

Kung pao prawns

This Kung Pao shrimp recipe is a really low calorie stir-fry and is served in a homemade sauce with noodles or rice. The Szechuan peppercorns and chilli flakes add some spice to the prawns while the cashew nuts add a crunchy texture to the dish.

Kung Pao Shrimp Recipe

Twice-cooked Chinese pork

This delicious twice-cooked Chinese pork belly is really tender and packed with great flavours. Serve with green vegetables and steamed rice.

chinese pork

Chinese style purple sprouting broccoli with tofu

This Chinese-style purple sprouting broccoli with tofu recipe is easy, vegan and under 500 calories.

Chinese Tofu Recipe with Broccoli

Smacked cucumber

Check out our recipe for buffalo smacked cucumbers. ‘Smacking’ cucumbers is a Chinese technique allowing them to absorb more flavour. Their cool crunch tempers the hot buffalo sauce.

Chopped cucumbers with homemade buffalo sauce and blue cheese

Stir-fried smacked cucumber

Regional Chinese cuisines are slowly spreading across the UK, breaking the hold of Hong Kong style Cantonese cuisine. This recipe for stir-fried smacked cucumber is traditionally a beer snack, so you can serve it with drinks, or use it as a side dish. 

Stir-fried smacked cucumber

Chinese red-braised chicken

This Chinese-inspired chicken dish is quick, easy and perfect for a midweek meal. It’s called red-braised because of the colour that is infused by the spices. 

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Chinese red-braised chicken

Chinese red-cooked pork

This Chinese recipe from John Torode takes time but the result you get will be well worth it – sweet, juicy, delicious pork that will be so addictive you’ll want some in the fridge at all times.

Red Braised Pork Recipe Chinese-Style