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28 Things You Should Learn To Make If You Love Chinese Food

Your taste buds deserve so much more than orange chicken and fried rice.

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1. Chive and Pork Potstickers (Guo Tie)

A classic. Vary the ingredients by subbing out pork for shrimp, egg, or tofu. Learn how to make them here.
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A classic. Vary the ingredients by subbing out pork for shrimp, egg, or tofu. Learn how to make them here.

2. Tea Eggs (Cha Dan)

Soaked in the most delectable mix of black tea and other spices. Recipe here.
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Soaked in the most delectable mix of black tea and other spices. Recipe here.

3. Fried Sesame Seed Balls (Jin Deui)

Made with mochi flour and filled with sugary deliciousness. Recipe here.
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Made with mochi flour and filled with sugary deliciousness. Recipe here.

4. Shiitake and Bean Curd Rolls

Like egg rolls but better. Recipe here.
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Like egg rolls but better. Recipe here.

5. Stir-Fried Eggs and Tomatoes

It's like eggs with ketchup, except a million times better because the tomatoes and the green onions seriously upgrade the flavor. Recipe here.
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It's like eggs with ketchup, except a million times better because the tomatoes and the green onions seriously upgrade the flavor. Recipe here.

6. Scallion Pancakes

It's a fact, scallions made everything taste infinitely better. Eat these with porridge to make cold and rainy days cozier. Recipe here.
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It's a fact, scallions made everything taste infinitely better. Eat these with porridge to make cold and rainy days cozier. Recipe here.

7. Sweet Sticky Rice Cake (Ba Bao Fan)

Also known as "Eight Treasure Rice," this dish is filled with all the best dried fruits and generously coated in heaven. Recipe here.
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Also known as "Eight Treasure Rice," this dish is filled with all the best dried fruits and generously coated in heaven. Recipe here.

8. Plain Steamed Bun (Man Tou)

COAT IT IN SUGAR and be in bread heaven. Recipe here.
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COAT IT IN SUGAR and be in bread heaven. Recipe here.

9. Sticky Sesame Rice Balls (Tangyuan)

The sweet, glutinous addition to every morning. Recipe here.
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The sweet, glutinous addition to every morning. Recipe here.

10. Poached Egg Soup

This is so easy to make. Definitely try adding tangyuan to this dish. Recipe here.
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This is so easy to make. Definitely try adding tangyuan to this dish. Recipe here.

11. Steamed Or Pan-Fried Pork Buns (Baozi)

To really titillate your taste buds, add rice noodles and shiitake mushrooms. Recipe here.
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To really titillate your taste buds, add rice noodles and shiitake mushrooms. Recipe here.

12. Tofu Skin Noodles (Fu Pei Guen)

These can be cooked multiple ways, so feel free to toss in other vegetables, meats, and definitely mushrooms. Recipe here.
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These can be cooked multiple ways, so feel free to toss in other vegetables, meats, and definitely mushrooms. Recipe here.

13. Steamed Whole Fish

Bones definitely add more flavor. Recipe here.
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Bones definitely add more flavor. Recipe here.

14. Rice Porridge (Xi Fan)

Try mixing in some preserved vegetables. Recipe here.
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Try mixing in some preserved vegetables. Recipe here.

15. Cold Sesame Noodles (Liang Mian)

This is the summer noodle dish you've been craving all your life. Recipe here.
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This is the summer noodle dish you've been craving all your life. Recipe here.

16. Pumpkin Cakes (Nan Gua Bing)

Thick, chewy, and utterly satisfying. Recipe here.
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Thick, chewy, and utterly satisfying. Recipe here.

17. Lotus Root With Sweet Sticky Rice

Also drenched with honey. Don't be intimidated by the lotus root — its texture complements the sticky rice really well. Recipe here.
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Also drenched with honey. Don't be intimidated by the lotus root — its texture complements the sticky rice really well. Recipe here.

18. Bamboo-Wrapped Red Bean Dumplings (Zongzi)

Traditionally cooked during the Dragon Boat Festival, these sticky rice triangles are wrapped in bamboo leaves for a refreshing, green-tea-like flavor. You can find bamboo leaves at most Asian supermarkets or you can buy them here. Go sweet or savory with this mouthwatering recipe.
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Traditionally cooked during the Dragon Boat Festival, these sticky rice triangles are wrapped in bamboo leaves for a refreshing, green-tea-like flavor. You can find bamboo leaves at most Asian supermarkets or you can buy them here. Go sweet or savory with this mouthwatering recipe.

19. Chinese Pearl Balls

Usually filled with pork, these are sticky wonders. Recipe here.
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Usually filled with pork, these are sticky wonders. Recipe here.

20. Spicy Cucumber Salad

Soy sauce and vinegar paradise. Recipe here.
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Soy sauce and vinegar paradise. Recipe here.

21. Cold Mung Bean Noodle (Liang Fen)

Always too spicy to make it past three bites. Recipe here.
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Always too spicy to make it past three bites. Recipe here.

22. Spicy Meat Pie (Xian Bing)

Recipe here.
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Recipe here.

23. Spicy Shredded Potatoes

Potato frenzy. Recipe here.
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Potato frenzy. Recipe here.

24. Fried Breadstick Twists (Ma Hua)

Crunchy and coated in sugar — seriously addicting. Recipe here.
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Crunchy and coated in sugar — seriously addicting. Recipe here.

25. Hot Fish Stew (Suan Cai Yu)

So sour and spicy your mouth will go numb. Recipe here.
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So sour and spicy your mouth will go numb. Recipe here.

26. Moon Cakes (Yue Bing)

Make these with red bean, lotus, salty eggs, etc. Possibilities are endless. Recipe here.
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Make these with red bean, lotus, salty eggs, etc. Possibilities are endless. Recipe here.

27. Wonton Soup (Huntun)

This soup is the definition of comforting. Recipe here.
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This soup is the definition of comforting. Recipe here.

28. Corn Milk Drink

With just the right amount of sweetness, this should be the next juice trend. Recipe here.
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With just the right amount of sweetness, this should be the next juice trend. Recipe here.

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