Chinese cooking has yielded some of the most delicious foods that are available, but you may feel as if the techniques used to prepare and cook the foods are too complicated or unfamiliar to produce good results. The truth is that Chinese cooking is simple, and can be done by almost anyone.
Chinese cooking is usually done in a wok or a bamboo steamer. A wok is simply a large, bowl shaped pan that can hold soups, stews or stir fry easily. Bamboo steamers are made from bamboo, and are used to make dumplings, meats and vegetables.
You will use the bamboo steamer inside the wok, which will be filled with water. You do not need to use a lot of water, but you will want to make sure that there is enough water so that the wok does not dry before the food is cooked, and that the water is boiling before you add the steamer.
You will also want to line the bamboo steamer with either cage leaves or lettuce leaves to make sure that your food does not stick to your steamer. Most Chinese foods can be cooked with these two simple cooking utensils.
A wok is a great choice for making healthy and nutritious vegetable dishes, since you can use a high heat for your dishes so that little cooking time is required. Since Chinese cooking can be completed in just a few minutes in a wok, your family will love being able to have their favorite Chinese food anytime.
When you cook Chinese food, it is best to use ingredients that are fresh. Most Chinese cooking is very simple, using only meats and vegetables with seasonings such as ginger, soy and garlic. The staples of Chinese cooking include beef, pork, chicken, cabbage and rice.
Typically, meats are used for seasonings in Chinese foods such as dumplings and stir fry's rather than the main ingredient. Fresh vegetables and fruits are very common in Chinese cooking.
Some Chinese cooking does require some practice to make, such as egg rolls and dumplings. The main problem that you are likely to encounter is working with and folding the wrappers for these Chinese foods.
A good tip to remember is to make sure that you measure the foods you put into the wrappers, so that all of the egg rolls or dumplings are cooked in the same amount of time. You can cook egg rolls and dumplings either in hot oil for a crunchy snack, or in a steamer for a softer one. Typically, egg rolls are fried while dumplings are steamed, although you can always choose the cooking method that suits your family best.
You can put any combination of foods that you like in your dumplings and egg rolls. Chinese cooking is very versatile, and recipes can be adjusted to meet the tastes of even the pickiest members of your family.