Chinese starter recipes can be a great option whether you are catering for a dinner party or a buffet. You can serve a Chinese starter recipe before any main course cuisine and you might even want to serve a Chinese starter before a traditional western main meal.
Examples of tasty Chinese starters recipes include spring rolls, prawn crackers with a homemade dipping sauce, wonton soup, chicken and sweet corn soup, Chinese stuffed mushrooms, steamed dumplings and more. If you serve recipes like these on Asian crockery with Chinese spoons or chopsticks your home cooking is sure to be very much appreciated.
More Chinese Starters Ideas
There are lots of vegetarian Chinese starters you can make. What about homemade egg rolls or spring rolls with cabbage, mushrooms and bean sprouts inside or vegetarian dumplings?
Stuffed mushrooms or zucchini work well and you can use spiced rice as the filling. Chinese chicken wings are great at a buffet and you can add Chinese ingredients like water chestnuts, oriental mushrooms or bamboo shoots to any salad recipe to give it a flavour of China.
Recipe for Chinese Crepes
These tasty crepes are filled with spring onions, black bean sauce, fresh coriander and more for an authentic Chinese flavour. Use fried wonton skin or fried pork rind to make a crunchy filling. This recipe makes one Chinese crepe, so double it as many times as necessary, making one crepe at a time.
You can find these crepes on Chinese street corners, cooked fresh to order, and they also make a great starter before any kind of meal. They are hot, flavourful and spicy without being too spicy. If you prefer a mild flavour you can leave out the chili sauce.
You will need:
1 tablespoon black bean sauce
2 tablespoons soy milk
2 tablespoons millet flour
1 teaspoon water
1/2 teaspoon chili sauce
1/2 green onion (spring onion), sliced
1/2 teaspoon vegetable oil
2 small square crackers
1 tablespoon torn fresh cilantro leaves
1 beaten egg
How to make them:
Whisk the soy milk with the vegetable oil and millet flour to make a batter. Add a teaspoon of water if it is too thick. Stir a teaspoon of water into the black bean sauce. Mix another teaspoon of water into the chili sauce. Put these two sauces to one side.
Spray a frying pan with cooking spray and heat it over a moderately low heat. Pour the batter into the pan and spread it so you get a thin crepe. Cook it for a couple of minutes or until firm, then pour the beaten egg over it.
Cook it until the egg sets. Sprinkle the cilantro and green onion slices on top, pressing them into the egg.
Flip the crepe over and spread the chili sauce and black bean sauces on. Put the crackers in the middle, leaving 1/2 inch of space between them.
Flip the top third of the crepe over the crackers, then fold the bottom third up. Double the crepe over so the crackers are on top of each other. Serve hot.