In Ancient China, meat dishes referred to the dishes with pungent ingredients such as onion, ginger, garlic and leek that were considered to influence one's temperament and desire in religious. Until to the Tang Dynasty (618-907), meat dishes were given the new definition which is the dishes cooked by animal ingredients. They always contain too much fat, but they are indispensable in people's daily life, for different ingredients have different nutritious elements. For example, goose and duck meat benefits heart, chicken soup is helpful for cold and bronchitis, and pork liver benefits the eyes. The materials of meat dishes can be cooked just after cutting into necessary shapes or through initial processing. However, most of them have fishy smells, so spices are necessary for cooking meat dishes, such as prickly ash seeds, cardamom (cao guo) and star anise (da hui xiang).
Stewed Chicken with Mushroom
Chinese name: 香菇炖鸡 (xiāng gū dùn jī)
Step 1: Fill a wok half-full of water and bring to a boil. Pour in the chicken chunks. Add in half of the green onion sections, ginger slices, dry chili peppers, and coooking wine. Boil for 2-3 minutes until chunks turns white. Turn off the heat and pick them out of the wok, removing excess water through a colander.
Empty the wok and fill one and a half bowls of water again. Turn on the heat and pour in the boiled chunks. Add in the leftover green onion sections, ginger slices and dry chili peppers, and the cooking wine, salt, and chicken essence. Cover and stew it for 30-40 minutes over medium heat until the chunks turn soft. Add in the bamboo shoots slices and the mushrooms. Stew for another 10-20 minutes.
Remove from heat and ladle into a soup bowl. This dish is ready!
Cooking Class Videos:
Braised Beef with Radish
More Chinese Food Recipes:
Vegetable Dishes: Ma Po Tofu, Pine Nuts with Sweet Corn
Cold Dishes: Clear Noodles in Chili Sauce, Cucumber with Mashed Garlic
Seafoods: Steamed Perch, Braised Pomfret
Staple Foods: Chinese Dumplings, Yangzhou Fried Rice, Chow Mein
Soups: Sweet Corn Soup, West Lake Beef Soup, Tomato and Egg Soup
Dinner in a Local Family
On July 25, 2013, Mr. Radu from Canada, Ms. Carmel, Mr. Michael, Ms. Fabienne, Mr. Andrew and Mr. Thomas from the UK, and Mr. Francisco, Ms. Josephine from the US joined our family visit in Xian which they were excited to know that a Chinese cooking class is offered there. They challenged themselves to cook Stewed Chicken with Mushroom - a very nourishing dish under the guidance of the skillful hostess. We were glad to know that they really enjoyed learning to make Chinese dishes in a local family.See details at Mr. Radu's feedback
Our Guests in a Local Chinese Family
On Sep. 20, 2011, Mr. Mark, Ms. Theresa & Mr. Carl from USA joined our family visit tour in Xian. Thanks to the kindness of the hostess and the good interpretation of our guide, they had a wonderful time in the family through learning to cook Pan Fried Dumplings (Guo Tie) and Stewed Chicken with Mushroom.
Our Guest Learning to Make Dumplings
On Aug. 10, 2010, Mr. Nenad, Ms. Natasa & Mr. Eugen from Croatia paid a private family visit to a personal apartment of a typical family when joining our tour package in Xian. They were very impressed by such special service especially the cooking class by the hostess. Although they learned to cook three dishes - Chinese dumplings, Braised Beef Fillet with Scallion & Stewed Chicken with Mushroom at a time, the hostess showed much enthusiasm and patience all the time.