As autumn approaches, it’s the perfect time to start looking for new recipes as you bring friends and family together.  Why not change up your traditional fall culinary repertoire and add Asian fusion into the mix?

Fall is a funny season, mixed thoughtfully with chilly mornings and warm afternoons.  It’s a transition time to wrap up projects, set new goals and explore both the lunar and solar energies of food and celebrations.

We’ve compiled a balanced list of hot and cold Chinese dishes to try your hand at as summer wraps up and we welcome the upcoming cozy weather.  Have a look below!

Top 7 Chinese Dishes to Try This Season

  • Shrimp and Vegetable Stir Fry
  • Easy Chinese Broccoli with Garlic
  • Okra Salad with Black Vinegar
  • Szechuan Cold Noodles 
  • Spicy Dry Pot
  • Pork and Mushroom Stir Fry
  • Pickled Cucumber 

Shrimp and Vegetable Stir Fry (warm)

Shrimp and veggie stir fry is a classic Chinese dish to serve at dinner.  It’s quick to prepare and easy to make vegetarian by pulling out the shrimp and loading on the veggies. Choose your local seasonal vegetables and add seasonings such as sesame oil, sugar, and white pepper. 

Easy Chinese Broccoli with Garlic (warm)

This warm broccoli dish is best enjoyed on a cozy night, adding garlic to stimulate the senses and heat up the heart. The crunch of the broccoli makes this classic a great end of summer dish, too.

Okra Salad with Black Vinegar (cold)

Okra doesn’t get enough credit in cooking;  this vegetable is so gooey and delicious, it’s hard-pressed to remember it’s a veggie at all. Take advantage of the harvest season for this vegetable!

Okra Salad with Black Vinegar

Spicy dry pot (hot)

Spicy dry pot is one of the top Chinese dishes served at Zhen Wei Fang and one you can easily make at home. 

Dry pot is always the clear answer when you’re in the mood for mouth-watering flavor and organic ingredient variety, but when you can do without the hot broth component, (which tends to be time-consuming).

Spicy dry pot is seasoned to perfection and varies in heat according to your preference. Our spicy dry pot is ready to eat; the only dipping you need to do is into your savory or spicy sauce of choice. 

Chicken, lamb, beef or pork; whatever you’re craving, our spicy hot pot will bring you the ingredients you love with a flavor you cannot resist. All vegetable options are available for plant-based diets, too, currently reveling in fall’s seasonal veggie selection.

Szechuan Cold Noodles (cold)

Cold noodles are ideal when you’re craving a heartier plate, but the weather isn’t ready to permit hot stir fry or soup. Serve cold noodles with salads at lunch or dinner and don’t forget the sesame.

Pork and Mushroom Stir Fry (warm)

As you flirt with Chinese cooking, you’ll soon learn that you can create a stir fry from just about anything. One flavorful staple is pork and mushrooms with onion, snow peas, and fresh peppers. Class stir fry dishes are cooked without additional seasoning, allowing the rich ingredients to carry the plate. If you want to add a surprise, try frying the dish with black bean sauce. 

Pickled Cucumber (cold)

Pretty much any vegetables can be made better by pickling them, and the cold, fresh dish makes an uplifting side or starter to any meal you are serving.

Good Chinese dishes follow traditional recipes and use fresh ingredients.

Authentic Chinese dishes are good for both the soul and the body as they focus on balancing energies and nourishing the physical body with local, seasonal and fresh ingredients. 

As you prepare the dishes above, scope out the most authentic recipes you can find and stick to them as closely as possible. Head to your local farmers’ markets for ingredients and make substitutions based on what’s available that is fresh, organic and in season. Quality ingredients go a long way in Chinese cooking.

Have you tried any of these dishes above or have recommendations for fellow Asian fusion foodies?  We’d love to hear about it in the comments!

Try select Chinese and Asian Fusion dishes made with the freshest ingredients at Zhen Wei Fang. Our plates will wow you as much as our funky yet swanky spot on The Bowery.  We look forward to you dining with us soon.