Six Dishes To Try The Next Time Your Order Chinese

Posted on: 20 September 2016

If you're like many Americans, you love ordering Chinese takeout for dinner. Like most Americans, you may also be ordering the same trusted favorite, such as sesame chicken, over and over again, too. While sesame chicken is great, here are five dishes to expand your Chinese food horizons the next time you order out.

Beef Chow Fun

If you like lo mein, the thin wheat noodles, you'll love this popular Cantonese dish. Marinated beef slices are quickly cooked with fresh grated ginger, sliced scallions, bean sprouts, soy sauce, and he fen, which are wide rice noodles.

Pork Buns

Delicate, pillowy soft yeast rolls are stuffed with a sweet and savory barbecued pork filling. These little buns are then steamed rather than baked. They are reminiscent of sloppy joes.

Kung Pao Chicken

This spicy chicken dish is from the Sichuan province in China. Chicken breast chunks are sautéed along with stir fry vegetables, fresh garlic, and ginger. A sauce is made from orange juice, chicken broth, and cornstarch. The final dish is topped with roasted peanuts or cashews.

Pan Fried Pork Dumplings

Sometimes called pot stickers, these little dumplings are wonton wrappers filled with minced pork, shredded cabbage, scallions, and minced garlic and ginger. They are gently steamed in chicken broth until the broth cooks down to nothing. They are then fried in sesame oil and served with soy sauce. They are perfect as an appetizer or a complete meal.

Shrimp With Lobster Sauce

There actually isn't any lobster at all in this Cantonese dish. The seafood flavor simply comes from the shrimp. A bit of ground pork is boiled in water until it is cooked down. To the pork, garlic and shrimp are added and sautéed in oil. Fresh peas are then added. A sauce is made of corn starch, cooking sherry, and chicken broth. A scrambled egg yolk and scallions are added at the last minute. The dish is served over rice and is a good option for those who don't care for too much spicy heat.

Sweet And Sour Chicken

Chunks of chicken are dipped in a corn starch tempura batter that creates a light and airy batter. They are then deep-fried until cooked through. The sauce is made from chicken stock, pineapple juice, rice wine vinegar, garlic, and brown sugar. Once the sauce is done, fresh red and green bell peppers along with pineapple chunks are added.

As you can see, there are plenty of other yummy dishes to try the next time you order Chinese food delivery or takeout. 

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