Chicken chow mein

Easy Chinese recipes

Create your own banquet at home with some of our favourite recipes, from crispy aromatic duck with pancakes to a quick chicken chow mein and five-spice tofu

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Create your own Chinese banquet with dim sum, Chinese-style ribs and crispy duck with pancakes. Or recreate your favourite takeaway with our Shanghai beef noodles or chicken chow mein and more.

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Best Chinese recipes

Soy sauce chow mein

This speedy chow mein dish from Hetty McKinnon’s book, To Asia, With Love, requires only a handful of ingredients but makes for a satisfying midweek dinner.

A small plate of chow mein with a fried egg on top

Pork biang biang noodles

Our version of bang bang-style noodles sees fresh pasta noodles coated in a sauce that’s as sweet as it is spicy, thanks to the addition of chiu chow chilli oil.

Char siu pork

This Chinese-inspired recipe comes from Zijun Meng and Ana Gonçalves of London’s TĀ TĀ Eatery. There, they cook the pork for eight hours at a very low temperature, but this recipe has been adapted for home ovens.

Char siu pork rice bowl recipe Tata Eatery

Hoisin duck

Rustle up a speedy Chinese-style dinner with this sticky hoisin duck served with vegetable fried rice. Use leftover cooked, fridge-cold rice for a crispy, fluffy texture – this ensures the fried rice can be made without the worry of it breaking down and becoming mushy.

Francis Law’s vibrant Chinese chicken dumplings from the BaoziInn menu look seriously impressive, yet only call for simple ingredients.  

A plate of pink-coloured Chinese dumplings

BaoziInn Chinese pak choi

Follow Francis Law’s recipe and discover a brilliant way to serve baby pak choi – lightly boiled and drizzled with soy sauce and homemade garlic oil.  

A white bowl of pak choi

Spicy chicken chow mein

This super-simple chow mein can be on the table in 40 minutes. You’ll need soy sauce and shaoxing rice wine to help achieve the rich flavours that we all love this classic Chinese takeaway dish for.

Chicken chow mein

Pork dumplings

These pillowy pork and chive dumplings are ready in just 45 minutes, and best dunked in plenty of soy, vinegar and chilli.

A plate of dumplings with chopsticks

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 Pancakes Recipe with Peach

Shanghai noodle soup

This traditional pork noodle soup recipes comes from Kei Lum Chan and Diora Fong Chan’s cookbook China: The Cookbook. It might take a little while to make but this Chinese pork noodle broth, but the layers of flavours are worth the wait. Freeze any leftover broth to use later.

Chinese Noodle Soup Recipe

Pan fried soup dumplings (sheng jian bao)

Try our soup dumplings recipe. A pork filling is encased in a thin, chewy dough – crisp 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)

Sichuan-style cabbage

This fancy cabbage side dish showcases the Sichuan love of dried chillies. It’s great served alongside mapo tofu, cold sesame noodles, or dumplings in hot and sour broth.

Home-style cabbage

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.

Roast Pork Belly Recipe With Pork Belly Marinade

Kung pao caramel chicken

Using caramel in savoury cooking adds a smoky, sweet depth to marinades and braises, and brings an extra dimension to this Chinese classic.

Kung Pao Chicken Recipe with Caramel

Seared sesame tofu with noodle salad

A great vegetarian option. The sesame seeds and red chilli liven up this tofu dish.

Crispy Tofu Recipe With Noodle Salad

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

Shanghai fried beef noodles

Ready in just 30 minutes, our Shanghai-style fried beef noodles make a great, straightforward meal, with plenty of punchy flavour.

Shanghai Noodles Recipe with Fried beef

Slow-roast duck with sweet tamarind

This tender Chinese-style duck serves four and would make for a great centrepiece for a casual dinner party. Get everyone involved and carve this one on the table before you serve it up with basmati rice and pak choi.

Slow Roast Duck Recipe With Tamarind

Smacked cucumbers

By ‘smacking’ the cucumbers in this Sichuan side dish you create more rough surfaces – all the better for soaking up the zingy pickle.

Smacked cucumbers

Healthier sweet and sour chicken

Jazz up chicken breasts in this healthy version of a Cantonese classic recipe, sweet and sour chicken.

Healthy Sweet and Sour Chicken Recipe

Sticky Chinese-style ribs

These sticky Chinese-style pork ribs are really easy to make for a summer banquet. Serve with some rice and tuck in.

Chinese Ribs Recipe

Kung pao prawns

The Sichuan peppercorns and chilli flakes add some spice to the prawns while the cashew nuts add a crunchy texture to this stir-fry.

Kung Pao Shrimp Recipe

Twice-cooked Chinese-style pork

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

Twice-Cooked Chinese Pork Belly Recipe

Chinese-style purple sprouting broccoli with tofu

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

Chinese-style purple sprouting broccoli with tofu

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.

Chinese Red-Braised Chicken Recipe