15 Traditional Chinese Food Dishes You Need to Try, According to a Chinese-Malaysian Chef

You probably know that the Chinese food from your go-to takeout spot isn’t actually traditional Chinese food. It’s heavily Americanized (though, we admit, tasty in its own way). Being the world’s most populous country, Chinese has an array of authentic cuisine that is incredibly varied and vastly different from one region to another. That means expanding your palate to the world of traditional Chinese food can be overwhelming if you don’t know where to start. We talked to Bee Yinn Low—author of the Asian food blog Rasa Malaysia and the cookbook Easy Chinese Recipes: Family Favorites from Dim Sum to Kung Pao and an authority on traditional Chinese cooking—to find out what she thinks are the best dishes to introduce you to traditional Chinese food.

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“Rice is a staple in Chinese cuisine,” Yinn Low tells us. “Chinese fried rice is a

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