Best Restaurant Food - Chinese
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Where does Chinese Food rate as your favorite?
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
Using staples such as:
- just about any kind of meat or seafood
- almonds and other nuts
Fried Rice using leftovers from Panda Express
Cook Time for Panda Express Leftover Fried Rice
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
- 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.
- Add the leftover fried rice from Panda Express.
- Chop up anything chunky and add it right on top of the fried rice. Add all of the leftovers to the rice.
- 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.
- 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.
- Serve with chopped green onion garnish and more soy sauce if needed.
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.
Which style of food do you eat most when you go out to eat at a restaurant?
© 2013 Lela