Chinese takeout is often a go-to dinner when we need something quick, have to satisfy the entire family, and when we simply need to feed a craving. But although restaurant-made Chinese food may appear healthy as many dishes are stir-fries chock full of vegetables, there are often hidden fats, calories, and plenty of sodium.
“Good thing is, making homemade Chinese food can be simple; once you learn a technique or two and stock your pantry with the staples, whipping up a favorite from the takeout menu will be a no brainer.”
Some Chinese Receipt are:
A hot bowl of soup is a wonderful way to begin a Chinese meal. The recipes can range from very basic to somewhat complex, but even the simplest are satisfying and impressive. Egg drop soup, for example, has just 3 ingredients: broth, egg, and scallions, and is finished in only a few steps. Wonton soup, on the other hand, does take a bit more time and ingredients; however, once you’ve made the wontons, all you need to do is simmer them in the broth with some green onion. If you are a fan of spice, try a hot and sour soup, featuring interesting ingredients like black fungus or lily buds.
Appetizers and Dim Sum
No Chinese meal would be complete without a few delicious starters (referred to as a pu-pu platter), including a variety of dim sum. Surprisingly easy to make are Chinese spare ribs with hoisin sauce; once the sauce is mixed, all you need to do is pour over the ribs and bake. For something a bit lighter, serve lettuce wraps, which are quick to make, are a good use of leftover cooked chicken, and are flexible enough to suit various tastes. Spring rolls are always a favorite, filled with pork and vegetables and rolled up and fried until crispy. If you want to try your hand at dumplings, vegetable potstickers are a good choice as they don’t require you to cook the meat first.
Chinese restaurant menus always have a wide array of dishes featuring beef, often combined with vegetables and a rich sauce. Found on almost every Chinese restaurant menu is beef with broccoli, where sliced steak is marinated in a mixture of soy sauce, rice wine, oyster sauce, and sugar and then stir-fried along with the cooked broccoli. A mixture of potato starch and water is added to thicken the sauce. Beef and peppers in black bean sauce features a quintessential ingredient in Chinese cooking, fermented black beans, which have a strong flavor and pair nicely with garlic and chilis. A typical item on Chinese menus is stir-fried beef with oyster sauce, where the oyster sauce enhances the flavor of the meat.
Chinese people believe in using all parts of a chicken, including the feet, but these recipes call for just the white meat of the bird. A favorite but often a guilt-inducing order is General Tso’s chicken, but when made at home the chicken doesn’t have to be deep-fried; instead, it can be lightly pan-fried before tossing with a flavorful sauce. Moo goo gai pan basically means chicken with mushrooms, and that is exactly what this dish is, stir-fried together in a delicious sauce. For a bit of crunch, try a cashew chicken, where chicken cubes are stir-fried with vegetables, nuts, and finished with a sauce.
Sauces and Seasonings
Appetizers and dim sum are almost always accompanied by a dipping sauce, and a stir-fry isn’t complete without a sauce to finish the dish. You can easily make your own Chinese seasonings and sauces to serve alongside or use in recipes. A dumpling dipping sauce made of garlic, soy sauce, and hot chili oil is perfect to serve with potstickers or steamed dumplings. And for a quick meal, making a brown sauce (an American-Chinese sauce) or a garlic sauce ahead of time will make putting a stir-fry together a breeze. For those in the family that like spice, prepare Szechuan peppercorn oil to use as a dipping or sauce, requiring only 2 ingredients, peppercorns and oil; you cook the peppercorns first in oil and then crush them and cook again.