There’s something that’s just comforting about Chinese takeout. Maybe it’s the unique and flavorful dishes, fused with delicious sauces that can be both sweet and savory. Or perhaps, it’s the simple carbs like rice and noodles! Whatever it is, Chinese food keeps us coming back for more of its saucy, salty goodness. However, the cost of takeout can add up pretty quickly.
It’s time to cancel that next order and get in the kitchen because our bloggers have some tips and tricks for you to make your homemade Chinese food taste like takeout! All of these recipes can also be found on the Food Monster App. Let’s dig in.
Spring roll wrappers are essential when it comes to Chinese Takeout. The combination of crisp veggies, stuffed inside a thin but crispy wrapper, is simply the best. Debbie Adler starts off with something that everyone loves: Egg Rolls! These crispy bites are made using spring roll wrappers and are filled with wood ear mushrooms, baby bok choy, Napa cabbage, carrots, and water chestnuts. These rolls are great when dipped in the homemade duck sauce. That’s right, she shows you how to even make the duck sauce. You can also use wrappers in these Veggie Wontons! These are wontons are stuffed with mushrooms and baked to crispy perfection.
A lot of on the Chinese Takeout menu includes meaty dishes such as Beef and Broccoli, Sweet and Sour Chicken, and more. To capture that flavor and texture at home, you can use seitan or meaty vegetables. Kristen Genton shows you how to make a quick, easy version of the classic Chinese dish; Beef and Broccoli. The slightly spicy, sweet sauce coats the tender broccoli and the sautéed seitan and the whole thing is topped with fresh green onions and sesame seeds. You can even make Sweet and Sour Chicken with chicken-less strips! You’ll never have to order delivery again. In fact, people will be coming over to your place, eagerly asking if they can have some.
You know those eggy pieces that it’s in the usual Chinese takeout rice? It’s easily recreated at home with tofu! Christina Bedetta replaces those with crumbled firm tofu in her Simple Veggie Fried Rice recipe, and the result is perfect! The peas and carrots make this rice fresh and hearty. The bottom line is that vegan fried rice is just as (or even more!) delicious as its non-vegan counterparts. Tofu is also great in noodle dishes, like this Tofu Scramble and Broccoli Noodles recipe.
The sauce that is used in Tso dishes is incredibly popular in takeout! Typically, it’s made by combining soy sauce, sugar, rice wine, and chili paste. You can also use cornstarch or arrowroot powder to thicken it up. Served with crunchy broccoli and rice, Rhea Parson‘s General Tso’s Tofu is made to order. No delivery needed. The tofu is crispy and flavorful, the sauce is not too sweet and not too spicy, just thick and rich. Speaking of sauce…
When it comes to Chinese food, hoisin sauce plays a big role in a lot of dishes. It’s made of peanut butter, soy sauce, brown sugar, rice vinegar, sesame seed oil, and spices. It’s sticky, spicy, and sweet, and in this recipe by Celeste Meredith, pairs well with some tofu! Sautéed to perfection, this Super Easy Hoisin Tofu is delicious, and yes– super easy to make!
What are you waiting for? Grab your wok and start cooking! For some more inspiration, be sure to check out our Chinese Food archive, as well as more info about Making Chinese Food At Home. Crispy fried tofu is possible at home, and we’re here to help you through it. While you’re on your quest for food, you should check out our Food Monster App. With over 10,000 recipes right in the palm of your hand, you’ll always have something delicious and new to try. It’s available for both Android and iPhone, and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. Full of allergy-friendly recipes, subscribers gain access to new recipes every day. Check it out!
Lead Image Source: 10-Minute Seitan ‘Beef’ and Broccoli