Everyone loves Chinese food. Well, that’s a big assumption, I would guess that there’s a few people out there who don’t.
If you fall into the category of ‘I love Chinese food’ then we’re going to list how to make four Chinese takeaway favourites all by yourself at home. We like to make sure that our worktops get used properly so what better way than to make some delicious Chinese food on them?
Everyone loves spring rolls. They’re simple and they’re damn tasty. And now you can make them yourself in the comfort of your own kitchen.
Serves – 8 people.
Cooking Time – 6 minutes.
- ½ cup of soy sauce.
- ¼ cup of light brown sugar.
- 1 tablespoon of ground ginger.
- 2 teaspoons of garlic powder.
- 6 cups of shredded Chinese cabbage.
- 2 cups of fresh bean sprouts.
- 1 large carrot, shredded.
- 3 chopped spring onions.
- 8 egg roll wraps.
- Oil for frying.
- Get a small bowl and mix up the soy sauce, brown sugar, ginger and garlic powder.
- Now you need a large bowl to mix the cabbage, bean sprouts, carrot and spring onions together and pour the soy sauce mixture over the top. Mix the vegetables and the mixture together and toss like a salad and then leave to stand for 10 minutes. After this, drain the mixture from the salad.
- You then need to spoon about half a cup of the cabbage mixture onto the centre of each of the egg roll wraps. You then need to fold the wraps. Make sure you wrap them tightly.
- You then need to heat around an inch and a half of oil in a deep, medium sized frying pan over medium/high heat until it’s hot but not smoking.
- You then need to add the spring rolls in batches and fry them on either side until they go a golden colour or for 2-3 minutes.
- You’re good to go at this point. Drain them of any excess oil and serve immediately.
If you like your spring rolls with meet in them, fear not, you can add any kind of meat you like to this recipe, or you can check out these other recipes for spring rolls with meat in them. There’s chicken spring rolls if you consider yourself a chicken lover, pork spring rolls and there’s even some crab spring rolls.
Prawn Fried Rice
Whether you’ve had prawn fried rice or not, you’ll more than likely have had some form of fried rice from the Chinese, most probably egg fried rice. Well, here’s how you cook prawn fried rice.
Serves – 3 people.
Cooking time – 15 minutes.
- 2 Tablespoons of vegetable oil.
- 2 cups of uncooked rice.
- 1¾ cups of chicken stock or use a chicken stock cube.
- 10oz. of frozen prawns, thawed.
- 1 cup of garden peas.
- 4 spring onions, sliced thinly.
- 2 tablespoons of soy sauce.
- ¼ teaspoon of black pepper.
- In a large frying pan, heat some oil on high heat and then add the rice and sauté it until slightly browned.
- Add the chicken stock and bring it to the boil over high heat. Once it’s at boiling point, turn off the heat, cover it and let it sit for 5-10 minutes or until the chicken stock has been soaked up.
- Once the stock has been absorbed, add in the remaining ingredients and cook the lot over a medium heat for 4 to 6 minutes.
- Once all the liquid has been absorbed, mix it up and serve immediately.
Kung Pao Beef
This is another Chinese takeaway special, Kung Pao beef. Admittedly, it doesn’t have to be beef, it could be chicken or pork but in this instance, it’s beef.
Serves – 6 people.
Cooking time – 6 minutes.
- ½ cup of teriyaki sauce.
- 2 tablespoons of cornflour.
- 1 teaspoon of crushed red chillies.
- ½ teaspoon of ground ginger.
- 2lbs of thinly sliced steak.
- 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil.
- ¾ of a cup of salted peanuts.
- 4 thinly sliced spring onions.
- Get yourself a large bowl and mix the teriyaki sauce, cornflour, crushed chillies and ginger. Once mixed, add the thinly sliced steak and toss until thoroughly coated.
- Then you’ll need a large frying pan or wok. Heat some oil over a high heat and then add the pre-mixed steak mixture. Cook it for between 5 and 7 minutes, or until the steak is thoroughly cooked through.
- Once you’re happy with the dish, add in your salted peanuts and your chopped spring onions, mix up and then serve.
Of course, for an added extra, why not add to one of the previous rice dishes we mentioned? Or, you could do what a lot of other Briton’s do and have chips with your Chinese.
Sweet and Sour Chicken
This has to be one of the most famous and most popular dishes from any Chinese takeaway. Now, you’ll be able to make it all by your lonesome!
Serves – 4 people.
Cooking time – 20 minutes.
- 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil.
- 1½lbs of boneless, diced, chicken breast. Between 2 -3 chicken breasts.
- 2 tablespoons of ketchup.
- 1 tablespoon of honey.
- 1 small can of pineapple chunks.
- 1 red pepper and 1 green pepper. Thinly sliced.
- 3 tablespoons of soy sauce.
- 2 tablespoons of cornflour.
- 6 spring onions, cut into 1-inch pieces.
- Pre-heat a wok over medium heat and add the oil. Heat it until it’s hot but not smoking. Add the chicken until there’s no pink bits left, usually around 4 to 5 minutes.
- Add the ketchup, pineapple (and juice), honey and the red and green peppers and cook for around 5 to 7 minutes or until the sauce begins to boil.
- When this has reached heat, mix the cornflour and soy sauce together and whisk them well.
- When your honey mixture is bubbling, add the cornflour mixture. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until everything has heated through and the sauce has thickened.
- Finally, add the spring onions in and then toss until everything is well coated. When you’re happy, serve.
If this recipe doesn’t tickle your fancy, well there’s not a lot of difference between recipes but why not try this one from celebrity chef James Martin or this offering from Britain’s favourite chef duo, The Hairy Bikers.
If you feel inspired after this to cook yourself some Chinese food, why not get some nice new kitchen worktops? Request a call back and we’ll see how we can help you.