A common problem in going outside for some chinese dish is how much things to order and the relative proportin between main dishes, appetizers, and side dishes.
In general a good proposal for a lunch/dinner would be the one below (2 persons). Usually they come all together so there’s no need to specify the order:

锅贴 – Guōtiē – Fried dumpling
油焖笋 – Yóu mèn sǔn – Bamboo shoots in oil

Main dishes
干锅虾 – Gān guō xiā – Dry pot shrimps
麻婆豆腐 – má pó dòufu – Mapo tofu

Side dishes and drinks
米饭 – Mǐfàn
气泡水 – Tànsuān shuǐ – Sparkling water

So we have a total of 5 dishes, maybe a little too much for 2 people. I remember that before this lunch i just finished to run and i had only one egg for breakfast. It was easily digested without weight buildup (i think).
55€ in Ristorante Wang Jiao in Turin, on Sunday 11.4.18.Some time ago i enrolled in the local gym, i wanted to put on some muscle. I ended up with a new passion: food science and physiology.
I advise this book: Exercise Physiology: Nutrition, Energy, and Human Performance 8th Edition

Here a brief explanation of some way of giving heat to the food in order to obtain some chemical reactions and increasing temperature, vulgarly “Cooking”:
Baking: Cook by dry heat without direct exposure to a flame, typically in an oven.
Frying: Cook in hot fat or oil, typically in a shallow pan.
Stir-frying: Fry (meat, fish, or vegetables) rapidly over a high heat while stirring briskly.
Stewing: Cook slowly in liquid in a closed dish or pan.
Braising: Fry lightly and then stew it slowly in a closed container.

In the beginning i followed receipts, but actually i can cook a lot of things without them: practice makes perfect, as in all things in life.
Take a look also to wine section
Here some dish from western and eastern cuisine:

The orecchiette with meat sauce and Primitivo wine are a tipical dish of south of Italy.
My brother stayed there for holidays in summer of ’18 and took back some local food.
Primitivo is cultivated in all the south of Italy, particularly Puglia. Arrived probably on the other side of the Adriatic by the Illyrians, people of the Balkan region dedicated to the cultivation of the vine, began to be marketed throughout the Mediterranean by the ancient Phoenician visitors of our coasts.
This wine is a DOC one, a Gioia del Colle Primitivo, produced only in the Bari area. It’s perfect for pasta with Ragu’ and strong dishes based on meat, game, grilled fish and aged cheeses.

Wine: Polvanera – Gioia del colle primitivo
Pasta: Orecchiette di Gioia del Colle
Ragu’: mom’s made

鸡肉栗子,米饭和南瓜 is a dish inspired by Chinese cuisine.
That afternoon we visited the International Alba White Truffle Fair, a long duration fair lasting just under 2 months in Alba, Piemonte, in the middle of autumn.
it’s full of local vendor and present some folkloristic events. People are numerous and parking is inversely proportional to this.
One week before we tried to collect some wild chestnut in Portofino, during a sunday morning but, at the end we discovered that they were almost all bad, with many insects inside.
Alba’s chestnuts were something safer but also very long to peal and cook. A good experience.

Pumpkins: Fiera del tartufo di Alba
Rice: Chinese one, cooked in a pressure cooker
Ragu’: Classico Barilla

芒果奶昔和现剥石榴 is not a common milkshake. Mango is very expensive in Italy (about 4€ per piece). Notice the small cubes of this fruit floating in the glass. Perfect as a end dish Il Pollo alla sorrentina (索伦托鸡) One of the most popular Campania dishes in Italy and abroad. In the area of Sorrento, it’s common to cook with tomato sauce and mozzarella, with pepper, salt and basil. 银耳莲子汤 – Tremella lotus seed soup is slightly sweetened and it’s fantastic served warm. Tremella is a kind of white mushroom that’s possible to find in the wooden trunks
The Master Kong’s instant noodles (康师傅: 泡面) are one of the most common substitute for the meal in China.
In my trip in 甘肃 in 18.8 it has been e good ally for those nights when we ended our visit late. Often with beer (see below)
Qingdao beer (青島扎啤 – Qingdao zhāpí) is one of the most famous beer in China. The first distillery was founded by german people, owner of that zone, at the beginning of XX century. As it often happens the name of a product is the same of the home town. In this case, Qingdao, is a big city in the east China with a unique climate and hosted the sailboat race for the 2008 olympics. 炕锅羊肉、蘑菇炒肉、红烧茄子 – Baked mutton, mushroom fried meat, braised eggplant. I ate this in a remote area in 甘肃, in 18.8. Actually the mutton (up) is my favourite chinese dish. A note for 外国人: let local people choose. Mushrooms at the bottom (my choice) were a DISASTER 牛油果和鸡蛋 – Avocado and egg: this is a quick and delicious receipt you can prepare if you find yourself in lack of time: the egg is boiled and the avocado is cut into cubes. The avocado tree, originating in central America, is famous for being toxic to many animals. Lasagne – 烤宽面条: maybe the most famous italian dish, it took a lot of time for cooking (~4h). But at the end it was worth it. Memories from a sunny sunday in 18.6
Chicken wings – 鸡翅: some sunday brunch MUST be dirty. This is an example. As first you have to bread the wings and finally throw all into boiling oil for 5 minutes with cheerful flame. Good after running workout. Otherwise you’ll have a slight increase in weight 酥肉 – Crunchy meat: I love this dish. full of vegetables and breaded and fried pork meat. The consistency is soft and viscous. 谢谢铭! 芹菜炒香干、炸猪排配芦笋 – Celery stir-fried, fried pork chop with asparagus: this is a chinese way for cooking the pork steak: after breaded you can stir-fry in oil. The side dish is a mix of asparagus and celery. Notice the way of cutting. 香辣海带丝 – Spicy kelp: this is a true superfood: excellent source of iron, manganese, calcium, magnesium, copper, zinc, riboflavin, niacin, thiamine and vitamins A, B12, B6 and C. Omelette with stracchino and cooked ham: one of my best receipts: easy and nutritious. 100g stracchino for 2 people
芝士猪排、香辣猪排. Cheese pork and spicy pork chop: a perfect union between oriental and western cuisine. The spicy things are weaken because of my naive palate Meat balls with vegetables: the meat balls are my specialty. When you add cheese (2 kinds in this case) and fry evrything, the result is guaranteed

年糕: in the ancient times it was a special dish for the 春節 because of the long time it required for the preparation. Nowadays you can eat easily in everyday life