Chinese Dinner Menu Ideas
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Our family loves Chinese food, and I have been known to go all out at least once a year and make a huge feast in our home for family and friends! I’m always on the look-out for delicious recipes to add to these Chinese Dinner Menu Ideas, so that everyone feels they are at a Chinese Buffet!
(Post modified with new photos on 1/15/23.)
Yes, putting together a big Chinese dinner is a lot of work, but if you do as much preparation as possible ahead of time, things go more smoothly.
Plan Your Menu and Prep Foods Ahead
I’ll plan the menu out on paper, deciding what steps I can do ahead of time in an effort to save myself from that last-minute craziness. And it does help. But there’s no stopping it. It’s always crazy at the last minute. Especially when you’ve created this four-course dinner for ten that includes Egg Drop Soup, Fried Egg Rolls, Crab Rangoon, Fried Rice and two or three main dishes–because not everyone may like Beef Teriyaki!
This year, our family is going to do a Chinese Potluck Dinner, where each couple brings a dish or two to the dinner. I think this idea is going to work wonderfully. If you enjoy Asian cuisine or Chinese food, I hope you will give some of these recipes a try! They are some of our favorites!
Chinese Dinner Menu Ideas – Starters
Easy Egg Drop Soup is a delicious and simple recipe to begin your meal. Serve with Fried Rice, Egg Rolls, or your next stir-fry dinner. I like to serve the soup with fried wonton strips. So yummy!
Making your own Egg Rolls calls for a bit of work, but it is well worth the effort. My family loves them–even more than those at restaurants. These little gems are filled with sausage and well seasoned vegetables, and are then fried in deep fat for a crispy golden shell. Make them ahead and freeze them to make things even easier!
These little Crab Rangoon appetizers are perfect to go with your next Chinese meal. Crab meat in a seasoned cream cheese mixture enclosed in a fried wonton. So Yummy! These little appetizers also freeze very well.
The Main Entree
Fried Rice is the perfect side for your Chinese Dinner Menu. It goes well with sweet and sour, spicy, or savory stir-fry dishes with chicken, beef, or pork. Or add in pieces of chopped meat, and it becomes a light weeknight dinner.
Beef Teriyaki with Vegetables is a delicious recipe that rivals that of your favorite Chinese restaurant. Thin strips of beef in a savory teriyaki sauce.
Chicken Teriyaki on a Stick is a delicious recipe to make on the grill or in an oven broiler. Marinated chicken, tender, saucy, and so yummy!
This Lemon Chicken Stir-Fry is a quick and easy weeknight dinner to make for your family. It’s especially tasty on a summer night when you want a lighter meal after a hot day.
This Sweet and Sour Pork recipe is the perfect Main Course. Tender pieces of Seared Pork. Pineapple Chunks. Carrots, bell peppers, and onions, all come together in a sweet and savory sauce.
I worked for months trying to get Orange Chicken with Rice just right. Crunchy pieces of breaded chicken breast in a tangy orange sauce with vegetables over a bed or fluffy rice. I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as we do.
After all the holiday meals and gatherings, it’s nice to be able to turn things down a notch with soup or an easy stir-fry dinner. Such as this recipe for Easy Chicken Low Mein.
Pork Lo Mein is a Asian recipe to try making for your family. Just a tad different from my Chicken Low Mein option. Tender pieces of thinly sliced pork and vegetables in a tangy sauce served over perfectly cooked linguine. So good!
Chinese Menu – Dessert Ideas
I don’t yet have a Chinese Fortune Cookie Recipe, but these Old-Fashioned Sugar Cookies are giant disks of wonder. They spread out on the pan to make a lovely mix of crispy-chewiness
Baked Custard with Blackberries is an easy dessert to make. You can whip it up in minutes and put it in the oven to bake. It’s light and delicious, and the perfect end to a fabulous Chinese dinner.