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Best Restaurant Food - Chinese

Updated on August 11, 2016
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Lela earned a B.A. degree in Journalism from Sam Houston University in Huntsville, TX. She has been writing for the online world for years.

Tasty Egg Rolls

Crispy won ton wrappers filled with bits of meat and lots of crisp vegetables. Perfect snack!
Crispy won ton wrappers filled with bits of meat and lots of crisp vegetables. Perfect snack! | Source

Where does Chinese Food rate as your favorite?

4.3 stars from 3 ratings of Chinese Food Restaurants

Best Restaurant Food?

Everyone has their favorite style of food. But when asked the question, I am definitely the first to say Chinese food is the best I have ever tasted.

This is coming from a dyed in the wool Texan who was raised on barbeque, chili and Tex-Mex food. Maybe because of that fact is the reason that I love Chinese food. The first time I ever tasted Chinese food was when my mom took us to the restaurant she was working at as a waitress.

Mr. Lee treated my brother and I to sample dishes that he though we would like. I was hooked right from the beginning on his home made egg rolls, fried rice and pepper beef with tomatoes. Never would I have thought that fresh chunks of tomatoes could be stirred into a beef, onion and bell pepper dish. The taste was sublime.

All of the food served in Mr. Lee's restaurant was made by his brothers. I got to meet them in the kitchen, and they showed me how to prepare several of the dishes served in the restaurant. Many of these I had never heard of. Remember, this was Texas back in the 60's and every restaurant I had ever seen served only hamburgers and french fries.

Best Food on the Chinese Menu?

Well, that all depends on personal taste. There are so many variants on Chinese food that each restaurant may have their own style of preparing what is essentially the same dish. Most Chinese food menu items are based on the following styles, and they use beef, chicken, shrimp, pork and seafood. The various types of menu items can be prepared vegetarian just as easily.

Sauces are the defining element in Chinese cooking. A great Chinese cook will definitely have to be an expert at preparing the various sauces and spice blends that go into the sauces.

Everyone should be familiar with these styles of Chinese food:

  • Chow Fun
  • Chow Mein
  • Fried Rice
  • Ginger Chicken
  • General T'sao Chicken
  • Kung Pao
  • Lemon Chicken
  • Lo Mein

Styles of Chinese Food:

  • Moo Goo Gai Pan
  • Mu Shu Pork
  • Salt and Pepper Seafood
  • Shrimp and Lobster Sauce
  • Sweet and Sour
  • Shanghai Shrimp
  • Twice Cooked
  • Almond Chicken, beef, pork
  • Cantonese
  • Szechuan
  • Honzhou
  • Hunan
  • Mongolian

Using staples such as:

  • rice
  • noodles
  • soybeans
  • vegetables
  • herbs
  • spices
  • seasonings
  • just about any kind of meat or seafood
  • dumplings
  • almonds and other nuts
  • teas

Fried Rice using leftovers from Panda Express

Plain fried rice is so easy! Just add whatever you want to this dish to make it a main dish.
Plain fried rice is so easy! Just add whatever you want to this dish to make it a main dish. | Source

Cook Time for Panda Express Leftover Fried Rice

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: Usually there is enough left overs to serve 2 or 3

Ingredients Vary - Use whatever you have left over from a Panda Feast

  • about 2 cups Panda Express fried rice, leftover from a Panda Feast Order
  • leftover Angus Beef and Asparagus
  • leftover Orange Chicken
  • leftover Shrimp
  • leftover Panda Express Lo Mein, or Chow Mein
  • leftover anything else from Panda Express
  • 2 - 6 Tablespoons Soy sauce, to taste
  • 2 - 4 Tablespoons Olive oil, or Peanut oil
  • 2 beaten eggs, (add during last step)

Leftover Panda Express Fried Rice Warm Up

  1. Heat the oil in a large skillet or wok if you have one. Toss in a cooked rice kernel and if it sizzles, the oil is the right temperature. Medium heat is fine.
  2. Add the leftover fried rice from Panda Express.
  3. Chop up anything chunky and add it right on top of the fried rice. Add all of the leftovers to the rice.
  4. Add the soy sauce. Stir and cook until everything is steaming. Sometimes I put a lid on top to actually steam everything, but don't leave it on too long or the fried rice will turn out mushy.
  5. After all the ingredients are stirred and heated through, make a well in the center and add the beaten eggs. Stir the partially cooked eggs throughout the rice mixture a little at a time. When the eggs are done, the fried rice should all be piping hot.
  6. Serve with chopped green onion garnish and more soy sauce if needed.

Dim Sum

Some of my all time favorite things to eat - Chinese dumplings.
Some of my all time favorite things to eat - Chinese dumplings. | Source

Chinese Dumplings

Chinese dumplings are excellent choices served one by one, usually from a cart pushed around the restaurant with various dumpling samples. These are not your ordinary pot stickers, but rather a lovely combination of boiled, steamed or fried delicacies that burst with flavor.

A good Chinese food restaurant will offer a selection of 'Dim Sum' which is the commonly recognized name for dumplings. A Dim Sum chef often features his own specialties and may call them by another name, so be sure to ask.

Dumplings may be served a la carte, as an appetizer, or even as a main dish. These flavorful concoctions may even be designed as a dessert. They are traditional Chinese New Year treats.

Favorite Restaurant?

Which style of food do you eat most when you go out to eat at a restaurant?

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© 2013 Lela


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    • Greensleeves Hubs profile image

      Greensleeves Hubs 2 years ago from Essex, UK

      Certainly one of my favourite international cuisines, and surely recipes to cater for all tastes, many of which are quite simple to prepare, as you demonstrate here. But I can agree that the sauces are all important, and can be used to vary and enrich the taste of even the simplest recipes.

      Having read this and looked at the photos, now I feel like some Chinese food! I'll get my coat! Voted up. Alun

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      Chris Achilleos 4 years ago

      I just love Chinese food, in fact I mostly go to Chinese restaurants when I go out for dinner. The food is just fantastic. And the best thing is that this place I go to is an all-you-can-eat Chinese restaurant. That means you can eat anything you like and the food there is top quality :)

      Thanks for sharing such a great hub. Voted up and awesome!

      Have a great day,

      Chris Achilleos

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      Lela 4 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      All really great food takes many hours of labor. It's a labor of love, though, don't you think?

      Imagine back in the old days of harvesting your own wheat, grinding it to flour, then making your own pasta to go with the tomatoes and herbs you grew and cooked into sauce for the pasta.

      But that makes for some fine spaghetti, right?

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      Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I love FOOD! All kinds but here I have to admit I am partial to Japanese! I love Sushi - hibachi rice. YUM...oh and Ginger Chicken you say? Love it!

      I have made Chinese Dumplings or I guess I call them Pot Stickers? I used pork, scallions and spices and ground the meat. The dough was not too hard to make but it makes a TON...labor intensive but great!

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      Lela 4 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      Thank you! I have very fond memories of some excellent Chinese Food restaurants, but sadly, I haven't found a great one here in Austin yet.

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      Susan Haze 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I love Chinese Food. You've made me hungry. Up, useful and interesting.