My favorite takeout is Chinese. Part of the reason for me doing this post is that I wanted to see how much British Chinese takeaway dishes vary from US Chinese takeout. There’s actually quite some difference in terms of the two countries’ menus. Now though, I have a whole pile of Chinese food recipes to make at home so I can experiment loads. I hope these recipes will inspire you too.
1. Honey Sesame Chicken
Seriously, is there a meat eater in the world that doesn’t love honey chicken? It’s one of the most popular Chinese takeout dishes in the US, but if you want to try a slightly healthier but equally delicious alternative, why not have a go with this amazing baked version?
2. Chinese Pork with Noodles
One of the best aspects of this delicious dish is that it literally takes less than ten minutes to make the entire thing! Pork and noodles are a match made in heaven, and once you add some ginger and garlic, you are good to go!
3. Egg Drop Soup
Egg drop soup, in my opinion, is about as close as it gets to true comfort food in Chinese cuisine. The flavors of chicken stock and black pepper make for a wonderful meal that can be accentuated by other great ingredient like scallions and eggs.
4. Chicken and Broccoli
It’s always great when you can make a dish for dinner using only one pot. It saves on washing up and makes the entire cooking process incredibly easy. Chinese chicken and broccoli is a prime example of fantastic food that can be made quickly in a single pot.
5. Shrimps and Bean Sprouts
Both shrimps and bean sprouts are staples of traditional Chinese cooking, and not only do they taste great separately and together, they also offer one of the healthier Chinese options for cooking easily at home.
6. Crispy Egg Rolls
Egg rolls are an absolute classic when it comes to ordering takeout, with those in the know being well aware that they can taste even better the next morning as leftovers! Use this simple recipe if you want to test out your home cooking skills.
7. Lo Mein
Lo mein is another dish that ranks high up on the list of easy and delicious Chinese cooking. The hearty egg noodles are traditional mixed with an array of vegetables and the meat of your choice. Make sure to prep everything before you begin to stir fry!
8. Crispy Pork Belly
Crispy pork belly might be a little more complicated to achieve, and it certainly shouldn’t be something that you have on the menu every single day, but boy, when you’re looking for an indulgent Chinese treat, you can’t go wrong!
9. Shanghai Dumplings
Some people might be scared of trying to make their own dumplings because they seem to delicate and intricate, but they can be just as easy as everything else! If you really want to push the boat out, then try your hand at these amazing dumplings with a soup filling twist!
10. Wonton Soup
If you want to make something that feels a little more substantial than the egg drop soup, then opt instead for wonton soup, another classic staple on takeout menus all over the country. Imagine how great it will taste straight off the stove!
11. Chinese Eggplant
It’s good to remember that not all Chinese dishes have to include a meat as their main component. This delicious spicy garlic eggplant recipe proves to be just as satisfying and hearty as any chicken or pork dish!
12. Broccoli with Oyster Sauce
We’ve already seen that broccoli goes well with chicken, but it can certainly be amazing on its own too! Let the green vegetable shine solo accompanied by a stunning oyster sauce that can be made in just minutes!
13. Vegetable Fried Rice
Another perfect dish to cook for yourself or for your vegetarian friends is a plate of classic vegetable fried rice. It’s a filling meal that you can start to play around with once you have mastered the original recipe.
14. Black Pepper Beef
Black pepper beef is one of those takeout dishes that many could just sit and eat all night! If you want to see if your own cooking skills can match those of your favorite restaurant, then give this simple recipe a try!
15. Kung Pao Chicken
If you prefer poultry to red meat, then you really can’t go wrong with kun pao chicken, a dish filled with all of the flavors and textures that makes Chinese food so beloved! It’s also easier to cook from scratch than you might think.
16. Shrimp Fried Rice
As far as I’m concerned, you can never have too many fried rice dishes! This shrimp fried makes for a great meaty version to counter the vegetable fried rice we’ve already seen, and the best part is that it literally takes ten minutes from start to finish.
17. Sweet and Sour Sauce
Finally, you can’t attempt your own homemade takeout without having the classic sweet and sour sauce to go with it! Check out this special vegan recipe if you want to make something that you know everyone in your party will be able to enjoy.
Is Chinese your favorite takeout or do you prefer a different cuisine?