Traditional Chinese Shumai Dumplings

Chinese shumai dumplings, made with glutinous (sticky) rice, ground pork and vegetables, are a popular dish in southern China and are often served for Dim Sum.

Chinese Shumai Dumplings

Chinese Shumai Dumplings

Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 1 Dumpling
Calories 132 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • cups glutinous (sticky) rice
  • ½ carrot
  • 5 mushrooms
  • 2 green onions
  • ½ lb ground pork
  • 2” knob ginger (1 tbsp)
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1 tbsp sweet bean sauce
  • 1 egg
  • Pinch of salt
  • 4 tbsp vegetable oil
  • Pinch of white pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 12 oz pack wonton wrappers (50 wrappers)

Instructions
 

  • Cook the rice according to package directions.
  • Dice the carrot, mushroom and green onion. Set aside.
  • Place ground pork in a bowl.  Mince and add ginger.  Then add soy sauce, oyster sauce, sweet bean sauce, egg and salt.  Massage with hands to mix thoroughly.  
  • Heat the vegetable oil in a heavy skillet or wok.  Stir fry pork mixture until no pink remains.
  • Add mushrooms and carrots.  Cook to desired tenderness.
  • Remove pork mixture from pan to a bowl and add green onions and cooked rice.  Mix in olive oil and white pepper.
  • Line a bamboo steamer with cheesecloth.  
  • Take each wonton wrapper and place one tbsp of filling in the center.  Wrap thumb and forefinger into an “O” shape around the wonton.  Use your other hand to wet and pinch the wonton into a bucket shape, leaving the top open.
  • Press filling down firmly and add more filling, if needed, to fill the bucket to the top.
  • Place the dumplings in the steamer in a single layer, pressing down gently to form a flat bottom.
  • Place 1” of water in the bottom of the skillet or wok.  Stack and place steamer over the water and cover.  
  • When the water begins to boil, steam dumplings for 10 minutes.
  • Dumplings can also be air-fried for 7 to 9 minutes at 380℉.
  • Serve dumplings warm with your choice of dipping sauce.
  • Hack:  Leftover Shumai can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or frozen (cooked or uncooked) for up to 3 months.
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Chinese shumai dumplings are a popular dish is southern China.  They are often served during Dim Sum, a communal midday meal consisting of tea and a large range of small, shared plates.

Although you can use any dipping sauce that you enjoy, Yuhongs dumpling sauce, listed in this recipe, is by far my favorite!

Chinese Deep Fried Pork Belly

Deep fried pork belly is a popular appetizer in China.  Its salty, meaty, hearty and rich flavors pairs nicely with a spicy sesame dipping powder!

Deep Fried Pork Belly

Deep Fried Pork Belly

Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 8
Calories 369 kcal

Ingredients
  

Pork Belly

  • 1 lb pork belly
  • 2” knob ginger, minced (1 tbsp)
  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tbsp cooking wine
  • Pinch of white pepper

Batter

  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • 3 tbsp flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 eggs
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 cup water

For Frying

  • 4 cups vegetable oil

Dipping Powder

  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 2 tbsp chili powder

Instructions
 

  • Remove the skin from the pork belly.  Slice the pork belly into thin strips, 2” to 3” long.  
  • Put the pork belly and ginger into a bowl.  Add oyster sauce, soy sauce, egg white, cooking wine and pepper.  Massage the mixture for several minutes to thoroughly mix the ingredients. Set aside.
  • In a separate bowl, mix the cornstarch, flour, baking soda, eggs and salt.  Stir water while mixing, a little at a time, until the mixture reaches a batter-like consistency.
  • Add the pork belly to the batter and stir to combine.
  • Heat 4 cups of vegetable oil to a temperature of 350℉.  Careful lower coated pork belly strips and cook for 2-4 minutes, or until the batter is a pale yellow.  Remove strips from the oil to a paper towel-lined plate.
  • Turn the heat up and heat oil to 380℉.  Return the pork belly strips and fry until they turn a golden brown, 1-2  minutes.  Remove from pan to paper towel-lined pan.
  • In a skillet or wok, toast sesame seeds. Use a mortar, blender or grinder to turn them into powder.  Mix in chili powder and salt.
  • Dip the fried pork belly into the sesame/chili mixture before eating!
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Here in the US, we eat pork belly mostly as bacon and salt pork.  In many other countries, it’s eaten as a popular main dish or appetizer.

Suggestion: Twice-cooked pork belly is another Chinese dish brought to us by Yohungs Country Kitchen!

Chinese Sweet and Sour Spare Ribs

Chinese Sweet and Sour Spare Ribs

Yuhong is here, once again, to put her spin on juicy, falling-off-the-bone Chinese sweet and sour spare ribs.  You can finish them in the oven or on the grill!

Sweet and Sour Spare Ribs

(Courtesy: Yuhong Sun)
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 4
Calories 753 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • lb pork loin back rib
  • 2 tbsp cooking wine

Glase

  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1 tbsp crushed chili pepper (or to taste)
  • 2 tbsp sweet bean sauce
  • 2 tbsp Chinese black vinegar
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1” knob fresh ginger, crushed

Instructions
 

  • Cut ribs into 3 sections.
  • Place ribs in a large saucepan and cover with cold water. Add wine.
  • Bring the water to a boil, drain and rinse ribs.
  • Put the ribs into an instant pot, cover with water and cook for 50 minutes. Alternatively, you can simmer them in a large pan on the stovetop for 1 hour.
  • Mix ingredients for the sauce and set aside.
  • Preheat oven to 350℉ (380℉ for crispier ribs)
  • Line a baking pan with aluminum foil and lay ribs in the pan in a single layer.  Brush both sides with the cooking sauce. 
  • Bake for 10 minutes, turning once.
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While ribs are notorious for being high in fat and calories, it’s not all bad news.  They also contain a healthy dose of necessary nutrients so count them in for the occasional treat!

Suggestion: Serve these at your next picnic or barbecue with this creamy potato salad!

Asian Mandarin Orange Turkey

Mandarin orange turkey is a quick and easy Asian-themed meal that the whole family will love! Its fast, simple preparation makes it the perfect weekday meal.

Mandarin Orange Turkey

Mandarin Orange Turkey

Course Main Course
Servings 2
Calories 462 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 small can mandarin oranges in light syrup, undrained (11 oz)
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp hot chili paste (or to taste)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced (1 tsp)
  • 1 tsp fresh garlic, grated
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 8 oz turkey breast cutlet, cubed into 1” pieces
  • Dash of salt

Instructions
 

  • Drain juice from mandarin oranges into a small bowl.  Reserve mandarin orange slices.
  • Add soy sauce, chili paste, garlic, ginger, and sesame oil to the mandarin orange juice and whisk until combined. Set aside.
  • Mix cornstarch into water and set aside.
  • Heat oil in a heavy pan over medium heat.  Add turkey, sprinkle with salt and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side until cooked through with an internal temperature of 160℉.
  • Remove turkey from pan and set aside.
  • Add mandarin orange sauce to the pan and bring it to a simmer.  Add cornstarch mixture and allow it to simmer for 1-2 minutes or until thickened.  If the sauce becomes too thick, add a drizzle of chicken broth.
  • Put turkey and mandarin slices into the pan and heat through.
  • Serve over rice, if desired.
  • Hack: Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or frozen for up to 3 months.
  • Hack:  Do you know that you can freeze fresh ginger root?  Grating it in its frozen state is easier than grating it fresh and, if you choose organic ginger, you don’t have to peel it!  Simply place it in a sealed freezer bag or container and pop it in the freezer.
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Handle turkey with care!  Click here for some tips to avoid foodborne illnesses that can be associated with raw poultry.

The sweet flavors in this recipe pair nicely with sweet potato apple butter casserole!

Sesame Peanut Butter Noodles

Sesame peanut butter noodles are a spicy, nutritious and vegetarian meal. It’s a super quick and easy choice for a busy weeknight dinner!

Sesame Peanut Butter Noodles

Sesame Peanut Butter Noodles

Course Main Course
Servings 2
Calories 291 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 4 oz rice noodles
  • 2 tbsp creamy peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 2 tsp rice vinegar
  • 2 tsp lime juice
  • 1 clove garlic, minced (1 tsp)
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • ½ tsp ginger root, grated
  • ¾ tsp sriracha, or to taste
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds
  • 2 tsp chopped peanuts
  • 1 green onion, sliced

Instructions
 

  • Cover rice noodles in hot water and allow to soak for 30 minutes.  Drain and set aside.
  • In a small microwave bowl, mix peanut butter, soy sauce, honey, vinegar, lime juice, garlic, sesame oil, ginger and sriracha.  Heat in microwave until heated.
  • Heat vegetable oil in a heavy skillet or wok.  Add rice noodles and saute for 4-5 minutes.  Toss with peanut sauce.
  • Place in bowls and sprinkle with sesame seeds, chopped peanuts and green onion. Serve immediately.
  • Hack:  Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.  For best results, store noodles and peanut sauce separately, combining just before serving.
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Did you know?  While many are worried about the fat and calories in peanut butter, it can be part of a healthy diet!

If you like this noodle dish, try my recipe for lemon poppy seed chicken noodles!

Chinese Twice Cooked Pork Belly (huí guō ròu)

This colorful dish, Chinese Twice Cooked Pork Belly, is common in Southwest China and involves two distinct cooking methods: simmering followed by stir-frying with vegetables.

Chinese Twice Cooked Pork Belly

Chinese Twice Cooked Pork Belly (huí guō ròu)

Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 6
Calories 470 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • lbs pork belly without skin
  • 1” knob ginger, chopped
  • 2 green onions
  • A few peppercorns
  • 2 tbsp cooking wine
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 leek, trimmed (white part only)
  • 1 bell pepper (any color)
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 2 fresh chili peppers
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp sweet bean sauce
  • 1 tbsp jarred crushed pepper
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce

Instructions
 

  • Put the pork belly in a pan and cover with cold water.  Add ginger.  Cut the white ends from the green onions and add those as well, followed by the cooking wine and peppercorns.  
  • Bring the water to a boil for 20 minutes.  Immediately transfer pork to cold water and soak for 10 minutes.
  • Cut green onions, leek, carrot and pepper into 1” slices.  Slice garlic and chili peppers.
  • Thinly slice pork belly. 
  • Heat vegetable oil in a heavy skillet or wok.  Add pork belly and cook until all the fat has been rendered.  Add bean sauce, crushed pepper, sugar and soy sauce.  Cook and stir until well incorporated.
  • Put carrots in the pan and saute them for a minute or two.  Add leek, garlic and bell pepper and chili peppers. Saute until the vegetables are cooked to your preference, adding green onions in the last few minutes.
  • Serve with rice or noodles, if desired.
  • Hack:  You can replace the carrot and pepper with whatever vegetables you prefer or have on hand.
  • Hack:  You can substitute sweet bean paste or hoisin sauce for the sweet bean sauce. 
  • Hack:  Leftovers can be stored, tightly covered, in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or frozen in serving-sized portions for up to 3 months
  • Hack:  Check the produce department for loose, single carrots.  If you don’t see them, ask a clerk if they’re available.   
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Fried Vegetable Spring Rolls

This video from Yuhong Country Kitchen shows how to make authentic Chinese fried vegetable spring rolls! Make sure you subscribe so you don’t miss any videos.

Fried Vegetable Spring Rolls

Fried Vegetable Spring Rolls

(Courtesy: Yuhong Sun)
Course Appetizer, side, Snack
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 20 Spring Rolls
Calories 95 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 3 eggs
  • Pinch of salt
  • 4 tbsp vegetable oil, plus more for frying
  • 2” knob of ginger root, thinly sliced
  • 8 water chestnuts, thinly sliced
  • 1 carrot, julienned into 1” lengths
  • 4 mushrooms, thinly sliced and julienned
  • 4 green onions, julienned into 1” lengths
  • ¾ cup bean sprouts
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 20 spring roll wrappers

Instructions
 

  • Crack eggs in a bowl and add a pinch of salt. Beat well.
  • Heat 4 tbsp of vegetable oil in a heavy pan over medium-high heat. Pour in eggs and cook until puffy. Remove from the pan and set aside.
  • Place ginger in the pan. Saute until fragrant. Add water chestnuts and carrots. Saute for 3 minutes.
  • Add mushroom, green onion, bean sprouts and a pinch of salt. Cook for 3-5 minutes until bean sprouts are translucent and golden. Add soy sauce and sesame oil. Remove mixture from the pan.
  • Thinly slice the egg into 1” lengths. Add to vegetables and mix thoroughly.
  • Lay a spring roll wrapper on a flat surface. Place 2 tbsp filling on one corner, keeping away from the kedges. Roll the edge over the top of the filling and then flip the and right sides of the wrapper over the filling. Continue to roll, moistening the edge of the remaining corner to seal.
  • Heat 2” vegetable oil in a heavy pan cast iron skillet to 365℉. Turn heat to medium and lower spring roll, one at a time, into oil and fry until golden brown, turning once. Fry in batches, taking care not to crowd the pan.
  • Hack: Spring rolls can be frozen before cooking. Lay them in a single layer on a pan to freeze, then transfer them to a freezer-safe container for up to 3 months. Spring rolls can be fried in their frozen state.
  • Hack: Spring rolls can be cooked in an air fryer at 375℉, Coat with cooking spray and air fry for 6 minutes. Allow a longer time for frozen vegetable rolls.
  • Hack:  Check the produce department for loose carrots and mushrooms.  If you don’t see them, ask a clerk if they’re available.  These may also be available on the salad bar to buy in small quantities.
  • Hack: Matchstick carrots can be found in the packaged section of the produce department.  Freeze any leftover carrots for use in cooking.
  • Hack:  Chop leftover green onions and freeze in a sealable freezer bag or container for future use. While they won’t retain the crispness that would make them suitable for salads or garnish, they will be fine for cooking.
  • Hack:  Do you know that you can freeze fresh ginger root?  Grating it in its frozen state is easier than grating it fresh and, if you choose organic ginger, you don’t have to peel it!  Simply place it in a sealed freezer bag or container and pop it in the freezer.
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For more instructional videos for making traditional Chinese cuisine, visit Yuhong’s Country Kitchen on YouTube!

For more traditional Chinese appetizers, check out Yuhongs recipes for homemade Chinese dumplings and traditional Chinese shumai dumplings!

Authentic Chinese Pork Fried Rice

Chinese pork fried rice is another authentic Asian dish from Yuhong’s Country Kitchen! Make sure you subscribe so you don’t miss any of her delicious recipes.

Chinese Pork Fried Rice

Chinese Pork Fried Rice

(Courtesy: Yuhong Sun)
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 6
Calories 310 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 5 tbsp vegetable oil, divided
  • ¼ cup pork, cut into small cubes
  • 2 cloves garlic, sliced (2 tsp)
  • ½ cup frozen corn
  • ½ cup frozen peas and carrots
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 3 cups cooked rice, cold*
  • Salt to taste
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 green onions, sliced

Instructions
 

  • Heat 2 tbsp oil in a wok or saute pan over high heat. 
  • Add pork and garlic.  Saute, stirring constantly, until pork is no longer pink. 
  • Add corn and peas/carrots and saute for 3 minutes.  Remove the contents from the pan and set them aside.
  • Pour the remaining vegetable oil to the pan.  When it’s heated, add eggs and stir until cooked.
  • Push eggs to one side and add rice and pork mixture. Stir to combine.
  • Make a well in the middle of the pan and add soy sauce.  Add green onions and heat through.
  • Serve hot.
  • *Leftover, day-old rice works best for this recipe, as it’s less sticky.
  • Hack:  Store leftovers in the fridge for up to 5 days or freeze in serving-sized portions for up to 3 months.
  • Hack:  Chop leftover green onions and freeze in a sealable freezer bag or container for future use. While they won’t retain the crispness that would make them suitable for salads or garnish, they will be fine for cooking.
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For more instructional videos for making traditional Chinese cuisine, visit Yuhong’s Country Kitchen on YouTube!

Suggestion:  Any cold, cooked rice can be used in this recipe but I like to use this easy vegetable rice to kick up the nutritional value!

Braised Beef with Potatoes

Yuhong’s Country Kitchen is here to show you how to make Chinese braised beef with potatoes in the comfort of your own home! Put away the takeout menu!

Braised Beef with Potatoes

Braised Beef with Potatoes

(Courtesy: Yuhong Sun)
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 4
Calories 500 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 potatoes
  • 1 lb flank steak
  • 6 cups water, divided
  • 1 tbsp cooking wine
  • 4 tbsp vegetable or canola oil
  • 4 dried red chili peppers (optional)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 inch knob ginger root (½ oz, ¼ cup), cut into thin slices
  • 5 cloves garlic (5 tsp), thinly sliced
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • ½ onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 green onions, cut into 1” lengths
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp salt

Instructions
 

  • Cut potatoes into 1” cubes. Cover potatoes in water and set aside.
  • Cut beef into 1” cubes. Place in a large pot and cover with 3 cups cold water. Add cooking wine. Cover pan and turn heat to high.
  • When the water comes to a boil, drain beef into a heat-resistant colander and rinse under cold water.
  • Add oil to a saute pan or wok. Put in chili peppers and bay leaves. Turn heat up to medium-high.
  • When oil is hot, add ginger and garlic. Saute for 2 minutes. Add beef, soy sauce and sugar.
  • Stir fry for 5 minutes. Add sliced onion and 3 cups water. Add more water if necessary to cover all ingredients in the pan.
  • Cover pan, turn heat to medium and simmer for one hour. Remove by leaves and chili peppers. Add salt and pepper.
  • Add potatoes and simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Garnish with sliced green onions and serve.
  • Hack: Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or freeze in serving-sized portions for up to 3 months
  • Hack: Do you know that you can freeze fresh ginger root? Grating it in its frozen state is easier than grating it fresh and, if you choose organic ginger, you don’t have to peel it! Simply place it in a sealed freezer bag or container and pop it in the freezer.
  • Hack: Chop leftover green onions and freeze in a sealable freezer bag or container for future use.
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For more instructional videos for making traditional Chinese cuisine, visit Yuhong’s Country Kitchen on YouTube!

Did you know?  Beef has gotten a bad rap due to its high fat and cholesterol content but the health benefits make it a healthy addition to a balanced diet!

Suggestions:  Pair this with Chinese broccoli stir fry for a complete and nutritious meal!

Easy Homemade Ramen Noodles

These delicious and easy homemade ramen noodles are low-calorie and full of nutritious ingredients which make them a perfect choice for a snack or simple meal.

Easy Homemade Ramen Noodles

Easy Homemade Ramen Noodles

Course Side Dish, Snack, Soup
Servings 2
Calories 225 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 3 cups chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1 tbsp dried parsley
  • 1 tbsp dried chives
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger, minced or grated
  • 1 clove garlic, minced (1 tsp)
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 cup chicken breast, cubed
  • 1 carrot, thinly sliced (1 cup)
  • 2 celery stalks, thinly sliced (1 cup)
  • 2 oz dry ramen noodles (1 block)

Instructions
 

  • In a large pan mix stock, parsley, chives, ginger, garlic and soy sauce. Bring to a simmer over medium heat.
  • Add chicken, carrots and celery. Simmer for about 10 minutes or until vegetables are tender and chicken is no longer pink.
  • Add ramen noodles and cook for 5 minutes or until noodles are tender.
  • Hack: Find plain, dry ramen noodles in the Asian section of the supermarket
  • Hack: Check the produce department of your local grocery store for single carrots or stalks of celery to avoid having to buy an entire package. Frozen carrots and celery would also work in this recipe.
  • Hack: Shop the salad bar if you just need a small amount of an item that you don’t think you’ll use again before it “goes over”.
  • Hack: Do you know that you can freeze fresh ginger root? Grating it in its frozen state is easier than grating it fresh and, if you choose organic ginger, you don’t have to peel it! Simply place in a sealed freezer bag or container and pop it in the freezer.
  • Hack: Cooked leftover chicken can be used in this recipe. Add it in at the end of cooking the ramen noodles so it will have just enough time to get warm.
  • Hack: Feel free to substitute whatever vegetables and/or proteins you have on hand! You can also use whatever stock or bouillon you prefer.
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Did you know that slurping your ramen is not considered rude in Asian countries?  As a matter of fact, it’s expected. Click here to check out some fun facts about this food!

Suggestion:  Love ramen?  Try some toasted ramen noodles or Asian coleslaw with ramen noodles.

Dehydrated vegetables can be used in this recipe!

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