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Blast from the Past: Retro Chinese Recipes with a Modern Twist

Reinvent the Chinese restaurant meals of your childhood with our Throwback Thursday of retro Chinese recipes. Read on for modern versions of your favourite Mongolian lamb, sweet and sour beef, and black bean chicken, plus
classic Chinese starters and sides.

Mongolian lamb

Put some sizzle into your Asian cooking repertoire with this recipe for Mongolian lamb. Eight easy-to-source ingredients are all it takes for lip-smacking lamb in a spicy sauce. You can refresh this classic by adding broccoli, snow peas and halved cherry tomatoes.

Mongolian lamb

Sweet and sour beef

Rather than deep-frying the meat in a heavy batter, this light take on sweet and sour beef uses a healthier stir-frying method for a modern twist on this Cantonese classic. Or, try our fruity golden fish with pineapple plum sauce.

Sweet & Sour Beef

Black bean chicken

A family favourite, this simple black bean chicken recipe takes less than 20 minutes to prepare, and requires just five supermarket ingredients. Serve as part of a banquet, or with steamed rice for a speedy midweek meal.

Black Bean Chicken Recipe

Lettuce cups (san choy bow)

Channel your local Chinese restaurant with this authentic starter of san choy bow lettuce cups. Crunchy iceberg lettuce leaves are filled with a tempting, textural blend of pork, vegetables and sweet and salty seasonings.

Lettuce Cup (San Choy Bao) Recipe

Sweet corn soup

There’s nothing more comforting than a bowl of chicken and sweet corn soup. Kickstart your Chinese banquet with steaming-hot bowls of this nourishing soup.

Sweet corn soup

Traditional fried rice

No Chinese restaurant meal is complete without a serve of traditional fried rice. Whip up a batch of this crowd-pleasing classic to serve alongside your Mongolian lamb, sweet and sour beef and black bean chicken.

Best Chinese fried rice Recipe

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