Chinese Takeaway in 5: Kwoklyn Wan’s five-ingredient Chinese recipes

From super-speedy stir-fries to sticky chicken, cooking Chinese has never been so simple. You just need five key ingredients for all these recipes.

The Chinese store cupboard: ‘There are five ingredients that I consider to be pantry must-haves: salt, ground white pepper, light soy sauce, oil (vegetable, groundnut, coconut) and sugar. These are listed under ‘From the Store Cupboard’ in each recipe.’

Pancake rolls

These large parcels are packed full of beansprouts, and can be eaten alone or dipped in your favourite sauce.

pancake rolls
Sam Folan

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Black bean tofu and vegetable stir-fry

Tofu is a staple ingredient for vegetarian Buddhist monks in China. Black bean tofu can be found on many Cantonese restaurant menus.

black bean tofu curry
Sam Folan

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Miso steak on stir-fried vegetables

Miso paste is a fantastic way of injecting flavour into soups and rice dishes and for marinating meats. The umami flavouring creates a smooth and silky texture and, mixed with the charred juicy steak, results in an amazing taste and texture combination.

miso steak
Sam Folan

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Sticky aromatic ribs

Tender, sweet and familiar to every Cantonese takeaway!

sticky ribs
Sam Folan

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Chinese-style buffalo wings

We’ve all probably tasted the American-style buffalo wing. Well, these Chinese-style wings deliver just as much mouthwatering action; they’re crispy and juicy with a spicy tang thanks to the fermented chilli beans.

buffalo wings
Sam Folan

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Sweet & sour pork balls

What can I say about one of the most recognised Chinese takeaway dishes ever invented? These deep-fried balls – crispy on the outside, juicy in the middle – are truly yummy.

sweet sour pork balls
Sam Folan

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Satay chicken udon noodles

Even I was surprised at how quick this dish was to cook – and the washing-up consisted of just my wok and a wooden spoon! Chewy noodles, juicy chicken, crunchy onions and peppers in a rich spicy satay sauce. Lovely!

satay chicken noodles
Sam Folan

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Banana fritters

This delicious choice is a classic Chinese restaurant dessert.

banana fritters
Sam Folan

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Chinese takeaway in 5

Chinese Takeaway in 5 by Kwoklyn Wan is published by Quadrille, price £15. To order a copy for £13.20 until 31 January, go to mailshop.co.uk/books or call 020 3308 9193. Free UK delivery on orders over £15.