10 Top tips for creating authentic Chinese food at home

10 Top tips for creating authentic Chinese food at home, CHINESE FOOD, CHINA, CHINESE TRADITION, CHINESE INGREDIENTS, COOKING

This is the closest you'll get to authentic Chinese food (outside of a Chinese restaurant that is)

Chinese Portal  These tips will help you make the best Chinese food you can (outside of China that is). Straight from the mouths of our Chinese colleagues, these tips are guaranteed to impress your most discerning of East Asian friends!

1. Make sauces from scratch. There's a big difference between sauces you make yourself with 100 ingredients and the stuff you get from a Ken Holmes packet. It can be a fiddly process at times, but give it a try, it'll be worth it!

2. Use plenty of garlic, ginger and chilli. Most Chinese recipes feature at least one of these in hefty quanitites. Make sure you've got all three to hand before attempting any dish.

10 Top tips for creating authentic Chinese food at home, CHINESE FOOD, CHINA, CHINESE TRADITION, CHINESE INGREDIENTS, COOKING3. Check what kind of rice/ noodle goes with your dish. Not all dishes are meant to be eaten with plain boiled rice! Depending on where the dish is from, the accompanying dish will be different. Do you research!

4. Dried ingredients enhance flavours. Dried chilis especially are a frequent feature of Chinese cuisine. 

5. Sugar is a good substitute for MSG, but…

6. You can get MSG from Chinese supermarkets (Just show the shop owner the characters and they’ll know what you mean). 

10 Top tips for creating authentic Chinese food at home, CHINESE FOOD, CHINA, CHINESE TRADITION, CHINESE INGREDIENTS, COOKING Mmmmmm....MSG. Yum.

7. Chicken powder is a good buy too, but vegetarians can substitute this with mushroom essence

8.Forget your electric stove – Chinese cooking is all about heat! Fire stoves on high heats create the most authentic dishes

9. Before cooking tofu cubes, soak them in boiling, salted water for 5-10 minutes. This will prevent them from getting grainy and make them absorb taste better

10. Not all soy sauces are the same! Some can leave a weird taste in the mouth and dark soy sauce burns easily, turning bitter. Further, some types of dish require one type of soy sauce, while other dishes require another! It’s all very confusing, so if you’ve got a Chinese friend to hand ask them their opinion!