Shumai, dumplings, spring rolls, and so much more. These Chinese appetizers are a great way to start off a traditional Chinese dinner, or enjoy them for a Sunday dim sum meal.
We’ve rounded up 15 of the best Chinese Appetizers for a traditional Cantonese meal. Read on for those delicious dishes, and more Chinese recipes.
Popular Chinese Appetizers
This Chinese cabbage stir fry is crunchy, flavorful, and so easy to make! Enjoy it as a side dish, add it to soups or noodles for a complete meal.
Stir-fried garlic bok choy is a healthy and delicious side dish for just about any meal! You can make this easy recipe in 10 minutes with only 4 ingredients. Fresh bok choy is cooked with amazing garlic flavor using a few essential tips for perfect results every time!
Considered a Dim Sum delicacy, these chicken feet are just like the ones you’d find in your favorite Chinese restaurant. With this recipe, they’re tender, juicy and full of flavor.
This traditional dim sum consists of a juicy pork filling. Even kids and picky eaters can’t resist these flavorful steamed buns.
Homemade Chinese rice noodle balls make an irresistible appetizer. Here are five delicious ways to make Cheong Fun, using simple ingredients you already have at home.
These pan-fried dumplings are a delicious cross between Asian and American cuisine. These irresistible potstickers are nothing like the Italian pasta dish that shares its name. It was called ‘ravioli’ as a clever marketing trick to attract Italian-American customers.
These steamed dumplings are filled with a tasty combination of juicy pork and shrimp. Learn the proper technique for folding authentic Chinese Siu Mai with this simple recipe.
This popular Cantonese appetizer is simply irresistible. Here’s a simple, yet authentic recipe for Chinese Har Gow shrimp dumplings.
These super crispy vegetable spring rolls are incredibly easy to make. Serve with a honey garlic dipping sauce for a crowd-pleasing dim sum.
Fragrant sprigs of fresh chives make these savory pancakes absolutely delicious. Enjoy with a drizzle of soy sauce for a healthy vegetarian breakfast.
Chinese fried rice is one of our favorite appetizers. This no-fuss “dump and go” rice cooker recipe is made with a few simple ingredients with less than 5 minutes of prep! It’s so easy to make, customizable with any of your favorite mix-ins, and it’s incredibly delicious.
In China, pig trotters are considered one of the most delicious cuts of pork. This meaty dim sum is slow cooked in a rich and flavorful sauce and garnished with green onions.
When you’re having takeout cravings, close the UberEats app and make your very own Chinese wonton soup. You won’t believe how easy it is to make this comforting dim sum from scratch.
These crispy, savory dumplings are a favorite menu item at Chinese restaurants. Make a big batch and freeze the leftovers, so they’re ready to be fried the next time you have a potsticker craving.
These soft, pillowy buns are stuffed with a flavorful BBQ pork filling. With the right technique, it’s easy to make Char Siu Bao dumplings from scratch.
Easy Chinese Appetizer: Stir-Fried Chinese Cabbage
- 1 ½ lbs Chinese cabbage
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 2 tablespoons minced garlic
- 4 dried red chilies de-seeded and chopped
- 2 teaspoons cooking wine
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce or more if needed
- 1/2 teaspoon sugar
- 1-2 tablespoons water
- 1/2 teaspoon vinegar
- 2 scallions chopped
- salt to taste
- In a wok over high heat, add the oil. Once hot, add the garlic and chili, reduce the heat to medium, and stir-fry for a minute. Do not let the garlic burn.
- Add the cabbage, wine, soy sauce, sugar, and water.
- Increase the heat to high, cover the wok and let the cabbage cook for 1-2 minutes.
- Uncover the wok and stir in the vinegar, scallions, and salt to taste. The cabbage should be wilted, but still slightly crunchy and caramelized. Serve hot and enjoy!