3 Must-Have Basic Ingredients in Chinese Cooking

(Last Updated on January 31, 2024 by Amiee)

Scallion, ginger, and garlic are the most commonly used and indispensable ingredients in Chinese kitchens.

1. Stir-fry before cooking

Scallion sliced and garlic in the hot oil before stir-frying

Usually when cooking, put the chopped scallion, ginger, or minced garlic in hot oil, stir-fry the scent, and then add the raw vegetables. Called the shabu-shabu. The dish that has been fried in this way adds the aroma of scallion, garlic, or ginger and tastes better. But the diced green onion can be put in a few seconds, and the minced garlic and ginger must be a little longer to be fragrant, and then stir-fried with vegetables

2. Stirring stuffing

pork fillings, chopped garlic, ginger and scallion in a bowl

Mix the meat stuffing, such as dumpling stuffing, wontons stuffing, meatball filling, and other fillings, all of which are to be added with chopped green onion and ginger. However, the chopped green onion cannot be released early, only when it is used, and the onion has a hint of scallion, which makes the taste in the meat filling more delicious;

3. Cooking Meat and seafood

a plate of seafood, Juhyun with soy sauce

when cooking chicken, duck, fish, meat, seafood, and other ingredients, adding the appropriate amount of onion, garlic, and ginger can not only go to the sputum but also make the dish more mellow. From the perspective of traditional Chinese medicine, ginger is hot and can balance the coolness of seafood.

4. Cold dishes  

Mainly used garlic or garlic sauce to cook or prepare vegetable salad, such as garlic mixed with white meat, garlic mixed with eggplant, garlic mixed with cucumber, garlic sauce, and jelly; you can also add onion or ginger juice according to taste.

5. As the vegetable for cooking with other ingredients

Presentative dishes include onion sea cucumber, ginger meat, garlic, and yellow croaker.

6. Other magical effects of scallion, ginger, and garlic,

Scallion oil, scallion oil noodles, and mixed vegetables; Beijing roast duck must-have seasoning, scallion and sweet noodle sauce.

Ginger vinegar, foraging when eating crabs, is very delicious.

Sugar garlic: Refers to the new garlic marinated in sugar and vinegar. Eating with porridge, hot pot, and barbecue, can be sterilized and tasted. A Sauce of sugar garlic can be used to eat dumplings.

Sauces made from garlic and shallots, ginger, cooking wine, soy sauce, etc. are also sauces for making more delicious dishes.

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