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Is it possible to make Chinese food at home?

Question by danielala: Is it possible to make Chinese food at home?
I want to make General Tso’s chicken like they have at chinese food restaurants! i’ve tried the frozen one’s, and they’re not that good! Can i make it from scratch? does anyone have a good recipe?

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Answer by margarita
Yep, the Chinese do it all the time! Search on-line for recipes. There are tons of them.

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6 thoughts on “Is it possible to make Chinese food at home?”

  1. of course it is possible to cook chinese food at home you can cook anything you want to i do it all the time i cook all kinds of food from places around the world here is a recipe for general tso’s chicken it serves 8 supposedly

    3 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into chunks
    2 cups green onions, sliced
    8 small dried chilies, seeds removed (bird pepper or thai chilies are good)
    Cornstarch slurry
    1/4 cup soy sauce
    1 egg, beaten
    1 cup cornstarch
    1/2 cup cornstarch
    1/4 cup water
    1 1/2 teaspoons fresh garlic, minced
    3/4 cup sugar
    1/2 cup soy sauce
    1/4 cup white vinegar
    1/4 cup sherry wine or white wine
    14 1/2 ounces chicken broth (a can)

    1 Place sauce ingredients in a quart jar with a lid and shake to mix. If you make this ahead of time just refrigerate until needed, shaking it again when you are ready to use it.
    2 Mix cornstarch slurry in a large bowl- the mixture will be strange but trust me it works. Add chicken pieces to coat. Using a fork remove ONE chicken piece at a time and let the excess mixture drip off. Add it to the hot (350 degree) oil and fry until crispy. Only cook 7 or 8 chicken pieces at a time. You do not want to raise the temp of the oil by cooking too many at a time.
    3 Drain on paper towels. Keep warm- I just put them in the oven with the oven off. Repeating until all chicken is fried.
    4In a separate wok or large skillet add a small amount of oil and heat to 400 degrees.
    5 Add green onions and hot peppers and stir fry about 30 seconds.
    6 Stir sauce mixture, and then add to pan with onions and peppers, cook until thick. If it gets too thick, add a little water.
    7 Add chicken to sauce in wok, and cook until all is hot and bubbly. The quicker this is done the crispier the chicken stays.
    8 Serve over rice.

  2. This is a typical Chinese recipe for General Tso’s. Regulate the heat by adding or subtracting the red peppers. Use a wok. I would like to suggest The Classic Chinese Cook Book by Mai Leung as an excellent addition to your cookbooks, if you wish to learn Chinese cooking.

    Prep time and cooking time, like typical Chinese cooking will be 15 to 20 minutes start to finish.

    The restaurant favorite is based on an authentic Hunan dish that translates roughly as “ancestor meeting place chicken.” If you like, you can thicken the sauce by whisking 2 teaspoons cornstarch in with the other sauce ingredients. For more sauce, increase the sauce ingredients by 1/2 (3 tablespoons dark soy sauce, 1 1/2 tablespoons rice wine, etc).

    Serves 3 to 4

    More Chinese Chicken Recipes

    * 1 pound chicken thighs, boneless
    * 1 tablespoon light soy sauce
    * 1 egg, lightly beaten
    * freshly ground black or white pepper, to taste
    * Cornstarch, as needed
    * Sauce:
    * 2 tablespoons dark soy sauce
    * 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
    * 2 teaspoons Chinese rice wine or dry sherry
    * 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
    * 3 tablespoons chicken broth or water
    * 1 tablespoon minced ginger
    * 2 teaspoons minced garlic
    * 2 teaspoons cornstarch for thickening sauce, optional
    * Other:
    * 3 green onions (spring onions, scallions)
    * 5 to 10 small dried red chilli peppers, according to taste
    * 3 – 4 cups oil for deep-frying and stir-frying, as needed

    1. Cut the chicken into 1-inch cubes. Combine the chicken cubes with the egg, soy sauce, and pepper. Add enough cornstarch to nicely coat the chicken, using cooking chopsticks or your fingers to mix it in.
    2. Combine the sauce ingredients in a bowl, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Set aside. Thinly slice the green onions.
    3. Heat the oil in a wok to between 350 and 360 degrees Fahrenheit (175 – 180 degrees Celsius). Drop the chicken cubes into the hot oil, a few pieces at a time, and deep-fry until crispy (3 to 4 minutes). Remove the chicken cubes and drain on paper towels.
    4. Drain and clean out the wok. Heat 2 tablespoons oil. When the oil is hot, add the sliced green onions and the dried chili peppers. Stir-fry until aromatic (about 30 seconds).
    5. Add the deep-fried chicken cubes back into the wok. Stir-fry until the chicken cubes are browned (about 1 minute).
    6. Push the chicken up to the sides of the wok. Give the sauce a quick restir and add into the middle of the wok. If you added cornstarch to the sauce, stir it continually for 1 – 2 minutes to thicken.
    7. Mix the sauce with the chicken. Cook and stir for another 2 minutes, stirring, until the chicken is nicely coated with the sauce. Serve immediately.

  3. I sorry you can’t. I am afraid you will have to move to China to make Chinese food at home.

    Funny, you know over in China, they just call it “food”.

  4. Yes, but to make the traditional dishes requires a lot of preparation. And, you really should have a wok to stir fry the ingredients. Personally, I don’t think it’s worth the work. It’s so much easier to just go down the street to a Chinese take-out place.

  5. you can but depending on what you make, it won’t be the same as the ones you get in a restaurant because the stove you have at home and the vent is only quater the power of commercial kitchen. if you make fried rice at home, it won’t be the same as the ones you get from the restaurant. wok is useless unless you have strong flame.

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