All posts filed under: Chinese Takeout

Sweet and sour pork

Crispy Classic Sweet and Sour Pork … revisited!

Just a few more days … few more days … counting … down … and I’ll be reuniting with my family! YEE HAR ! And thereafter, celebrating Christmas and New Year together for the first time in 4 years. ¬†I love love love this December ūüéĄ ūüôā ¬†To make it more fun, I’ll be feeding them generously with a plethora¬†of good food¬†that they have not try. ¬†So exciting ūüôā So, what’s¬†your plan with your family and friends this Christmas? ¬†Whatever it may be, have loads of fun and treasure this special time with them. I go nuts over cookbooks. ¬†So, if anyone wants to get me any gifts for Christmas or Birthday, cookbooks are just perfect¬†*hint* hint*. ¬†My hubby has long given up on my obsession with cookbooks. ¬†I have so many books that I need to upgrade my 3-tier small book shelf to 2 brand new Ikea floor-to-ceiling book shelves just to¬†fit¬†them all. ¬†To top it all up, I am still buying ¬†cookbooks! *face palm*¬† Jeremy Pang’s Chinese Unchopped¬†is one my latest bed time …

Kung pao chicken

Kung Pao Chicken (ŚģęšŅĚťł°šłĀ)

Hands up if you have not tried the popular Kung Pao Chicken (ŚģęšŅĚťł°šłĀ). ¬†If your tolerance level towards spicy food is very low, then I forgive you. ¬†Else, you have no reasons not to try this dish. ¬†It is widely available in every parts of Chinatown around the world. I love Kung Pao¬†to the MAX. ¬†When I first arrived in Melbourne, I missed this dish so much that it¬†was one of the first dish I attempted to make – check out my first recipe here. ¬†While there has been some slight variations of Kung Pao Chicken across the world today, one thing remains the same and that is maintaining the hot numbing effect¬†from¬†the dish. ¬†If it doesn’t give you that feeling, then it ain’t Kung Pao. The classic Chinese dish that comes from the Sichuan Province is believed¬†to be named after¬†Ding Baozhen, a late¬†Qing Dynasty¬†official, and governor of¬†Sichuan Province. His title was called Gongbao which literally means Palace Guardian.¬† And that’s how Kung Pao Chicken got its name ūüôā “Authentic¬†Kung Pao Chicken leaves you with …

chicken in orange sauce

Crispy Chicken with Orange Sauce

So, previously, if you remember, I was telling you about my current obsession with finding the best Chinese takeout recipes. ¬†Check out the best Honey & Sesame Chicken here¬†–¬†tried, tested and approved with lots of thumbs up!¬† Thinking about it still makes me drool and salivate *slurp*, muahaha *evil laugh* ūüôā Now, let’s welcome this next dish, shall we? Another¬†Chinese-American dish loved by most – the famed and popular Orange Chicken. ¬†Weird? ¬†Not weird at all! ¬†Who would’ve thought that orange can virtually¬†go so well with chicken, huh? ¬†I didn’t, not until now. OK, so there’re many Orange Chicken recipes in the web, with some variations here and there but most look pretty much the same. ¬†I’ve tried a few of them but there is one recipe that I particularly like because it’s less effort with minimal ingredients but still yield great result. ¬†A truly superb choice for busy weeknight dinners. Crispy Chicken with Orange Sauce (adapted from Amy Wong’s Mum’s Delicacies)¬† Serves 4 as part of shared meal Ingredients: 600 g whole chicken thigh …

Honey sesame chicken

Best Honey & Sesame Chicken, period!

As a food crazy person, I’m always on the hunt for easy, simple and delicious (must!) dishes to try for weeknight dinners. ¬†That means googling the web and eyeballing recipe books. ¬†It’s really timely because my current obsession is on finding¬†the best¬†recipes on¬†Chinese takeouts and replicate them at home. What’s the lucky first? ¬†Honey & Sesame Chicken has got to be the lucky first – who can resist those sticky sweet bites – makes it even more tempting to sink our teeths into, right? To be honest, I wouldn’t dare¬†say that Honey & Sesame Chicken is actually Chinese,¬†it’s probably¬†more of a Chinese-American type dish and extremely popular. ¬†So popular that when you google for Honey & Sesame Chicken, be prepared to scroll down pages and pages of recipes. ¬†Whatever it is, it is an extremely delicious dish! Unfortunately, not many Chinese restaurants here know how to make a perfect Honey & Sesame Chicken. ¬†They either have (1) way¬†too much batter enclosing a tiny puny piece of chicken, (2) soggy or (3) just plain sweet. ¬†In …