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Old 06-09-2009, 09:36 AM   #1
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Easy Chinese?

I've been trying for years to make restaurant style chinese food with little success. I've just about given up on it. I have a question though.

Are there any particular recipes that are easier to pull off than others? I recently found an orange chicken recipe on the "chicken forums" here that looks promising.


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Old 06-09-2009, 09:43 AM   #2
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It's difficult to find a recipe that tastes like the dish you are accustomed to in your local restaurant because every restaurant makes it a little different AND Chinese restaurants in different parts of the country can be very different from what you are used to.

Your best bet is to find a recipe that is close and experiment with it until you hit the jackpot. I have been doing the same thing and it's sometimes disconcerting that you cannot hit it just right.

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Old 06-09-2009, 11:48 AM   #3
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Another thing you have to keep in mind is that the vast majority of Chinese restaurants in the U.S. buy their ingredients - including ready-made "sauces" - in bulk from commercial sources. Thus, they're always going to taste different from something you make wholly from scratch with 100% fresh ingredients.

The upside of this is, of course, that your meal, while it may taste a bit different, is going to be better, more authentic, & healthier.
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Old 06-09-2009, 11:48 AM   #4
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Hi Mr Dove,
I don't know if I would consider it restraunt quality, but I think fried rice is about the easiest chinese style food to make at home.
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Old 06-09-2009, 12:07 PM   #5
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I keep kosher, and love chineese which is not available where I live. I make it my self it is really not bad, you just have to work on it. It's not exactly what it was in the restaurant, but it really is not bad. Try for example simple sweet and sour chicken recipe offered by La Choy brand. It is as good as any sweet and sour I've had. let me know if you found the link and what you think about it.
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Old 06-09-2009, 03:58 PM   #6
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I don't have exact measurments but this one always turns out great and can be Beef and broccoli or can be pepper steak

Take beef slice fairly thin
put in bowl with some cornstarch, soy sauce, set aside
In a wok or a large frying pan - slice up an onion, chopped some garlic, lil ginger or a pinch of ginger powder sliced green peppers or broccoli, saute that till veggies almost soften , add the beef saute till done -- add in can of beef broth mixed with lil more cornstarch and stir into mixture until thickens add more soy sauce if needed. serve with rice
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Old 07-10-2009, 01:39 AM   #7
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Chinese cooking can be quite confusing. I'm a Malaysian Chinese and even I often find it difficult. Every restaurant has its own way and style of cooking. The strength of fire, the ingredients and the brands you use can make or break a recipe. My suggestion is to get a very good Chinese recipe book and try the recipe that you like. Make adjustments to it along the way. That's what I always do. Let me know if you need any further help.
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Old 07-10-2009, 03:09 AM   #8
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We love both Indian and Chinese food, however made-up dishes do not always freeze well and it is a lot of work for a meal for just two people. The sauces and additions to make everything tasty usually come in large containers. Here in Israel the humid and hot weather turns opened things iffy quickly and one's fridge is always full to overflowing storing flour, herbs pulses & spices. Suggestings please for dishes which will freeze well. Thanks. Yoddy
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Old 07-10-2009, 03:22 AM   #9
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How about a Chinese cookbook?

Check this out: Authentic Chinese Cookbook
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Old 07-10-2009, 05:14 AM   #10
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Yoddy, a lot of the Chinese or Malaysian dishes can freeze well. It depends on the types of dishes. In fact some dishes taste better after freezing. I often freeze mine. I have some Chinese recipes on my blog that can freeze well, for eg, the Chinese dumplings which is very easy to make. I learned from my Chinese friends to make and freeze them to save work. Anytime when you feel like eating, you just take out some and cook from frozen. Let me know if you need further help.

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