Easy Chinese meals for students

SAVE money eating out by recreating some of these simple Chinese recipes at home. Trinity College Foundation Studies students Jimmy Li, Eason Bao and Vivi Sun share two of their favourites. 


While Melbourne is now home to many quality Chinese restaurants and eateries in the city, it’s not always possible for students to eat out, especially for students living further from the city with a host family, or when budgets don’t allow it.

With an increasing number of Chinese students studying abroad, we thought it would be a good idea to share recipes that students can learn to cook for themselves to satisfy their cravings for homey comfort food.

The following recipes are very well known in the Guangdong Province of China. They are easy to cook and delicious. It probably takes an hour or so of preparation time including cooking. Also, these dishes cost just under $10!

Cantonese poached chicken with spring onions (葱油鸡)


  • 1 whole chicken
  • 3 sprigs of spring onion
  • 4 slices of ginger
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • Juice of 2 coconuts (optional)


Wash the chicken, slice the ginger, and put it into a large saucepan. Add enough cold water (or the juice of two coconuts and water) to cover over the chicken, and bring it to the boil.

Reduce heat to medim-low and simmer for about 45 minutes.

Remove chicken from saucepan and let rest for 10mins, before chilling in the fridge for 20 mins.

Meanwhile, finely chop spring onions, and mix with soy sauce and sesame oil.

Slice the chicken into pieces, and pour the soy sauce mixture over it.

Finally, heat the vegetable oil for 4 mins till hot, pour over the chicken and serve.

Caramel Pudding(焦糖布丁)

Eggs milk sugar


  • 4 eggs
  • 4 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 cups / 500ml full cream milk


Preheat the oven to 220°c.

Beat the eggs, milk and sugar until combined.

Pour the mixture into two ramekins / moulds and bake in the oven for about 15 minutes. 

Remove from oven and serve.

This story was produced by Media and Communication students at Trinity College Foundation Studies as part of Meld’s community newsroom collaboration. Education institutions, student clubs/societies and community groups interested in being involved can get in touch with us via meld@meldmagazine.com.au.

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