China

Food, wine and other drinks from China.

Mu shu pork

35 minutes
4 servings

This mu shu pork recipe has been adapted to ingredients that are easier to find in Western countries. Serve with Mandarin pancakes and hoisin sauces.

Peking duck

1 hour, 30 minutes
6 servings

The key to good Peking duck is the elaborate preparation that takes place before cooking. The bird should be thoroughly plucked and cleaned. Then it must be wiped, preferably with a bit of gin and hung to dry. Let the air flow through the bird for several hours. Keep the mouth open, a small cardboard tube works well.

Jiao zi

1 hour, 30 minutes
12 servings

Jiao Zi (or Gow Gee, in the Mandarin dialect) is a concoction made of dough stuffed with meat and/or vegetables. It is often served as part of dim sum. Proper preparation takes a bit of time and effort. But the results, when done correctly, are well worth it. Discover how to make jiao zi.

The art of dining Chinese style

Chinese dining traditions go back thousands of years. The elaborate customs are an interesting mixture of practicality, superstition and social inertia. Westerners aren't expected to know the details but, as with learning a bit of the local language, it always helps. Following them will make for an enjoyable new experience and bring pleasure to a gracious host.