The cuisine that I love best. I love Chinese food so much that I’ll be happy to sit down to a Christmas meal with nothing but Chinese-inspired dishes in the menu. But if I were to create the menu, I’d probably go overboard. If you’re toying with the idea of cooking Chinese for the holidays, you don’t need to cook every recommended dish in this post, of course, but remember that in a lauriat, there are are at least ten dishes.
Okay, let’s start with the starter courses.
Appetizer and soup
Shorten your holiday food shopping list by buying ground pork in bulk and using it for two or three dishes.
For the appetizer, serve an array of well-loved dim sum dishes like:
For your soup, choose between:
Yes, they are all quite filling but I’m sure that everyone will still be eagerly awaiting the main dishes.
Main dishes: pork, beef, chicken or seafood?
While young and old alike adore chicken, consider that the senior citizens who still believe that red meat is bad for them probably won’t touch pork and beef dishes. Why not include a seafood dish for them?
For the seafood dish, any one or two of this should make everyone happy.
- Szechuan shrimps with plum sauce
- Steamed fish with ginger and soy sauce
- Sweet and sour fish
- Steamed whole fish with black bean sauce
- Steamed fish with oyster sauce
There are so may party-perfect Chinese chicken dishes but you’ll want to cook just one or two of them. My recommendations:
- Crisp-fried chicken with pineapple sauce
- Chinese steamed chicken and mushrooms
- Five-spice Fried Chicken
- 3-cup chicken
- Orange chicken
Now, the pork. Should it be roasted, braised or stewed? You choose!
Not a fan of pork? Here are three delicious beef dishes that should please everyone:
For contrast and a little lightness, you’ll want some vegetable dishes and, perhaps, rice or noodles.
Vegetables, rice and noodles to complement the meat and seafood
- Bok choy and mushrooms in oyster sauce
- Chili garlic eggplant
- Chop suey
- Yang chow fried rice
- Stir-fried rice sticks with chopped roast pork belly
Ready for sweets?
There really is no dessert in Chinese cuisine (dessert being a Western concept) but there are sweet dishes that will make a perfect finish to your holiday meal. I have three suggestions:
- Coconut and lychee sorbet
- Almond jelly with peaches, cherries and blueberries
- Sago (tapioca pearls) and mango dessert
Now, how’s that for a Chinese-inspired Christmas menu?
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