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How do restaurants make chicken fried rice? What ingredient am I missing?

Everytime I try to make chicken fried rice like I get at the take out place it never tastes like it does when they make it. We all know the basic ingredients Rice (1 day old), Chicken, Green Onions, ...
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What is the difference between Shao Xing and Shao Hisng Chinese cooking wines?

Some people say that Shao Xing and Shao Hisng are different names for the same thing yet others say Xing has added salt. Could someone please shed some light?
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Panda Express style Chow Mein

I find myself addicted to Chow Mein served at Panda Express, and have tried cooking it several times, failing each time. I have followed these recipes: http://www.mademan.com/mm/how-do-you-make-...
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What is the real difference in lo mein, chow mein, mei fun, and chop suey?

Prompted by the question How to cook Lo Mein? and some of the answers regarding types of noodles, I started wondering what the real differences are in the 4 named dishes. I know what the ...
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What is red Chinese BBQ sauce called?

Does anybody know what the bright red bbq sauce served in Chinese restaurants is called? I'm trying to find a recipe for it but don't know what to look for. It's usually served with ribs or pork, it'...
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Is rice supposed to be eaten with chopsticks?

This question is about cultural norms and tradition. In Asian countries, is rice intended to be eaten with chopsticks? I heard this is a western misconception, as rice is too hard to pickup with chop ...
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Is there supposed to be a difference between General Tso's and Sesame Chicken besides the seeds?

There are three very similar dishes I see on Chinese restaurant menus: Orange Chicken Sesame Chicken General Tso's Chicken I know Orange Chicken is at least a little bit different (it's typically ...
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How can I make Chinese Fried Rice like they do on the East Coast?

I've been living in California for about 14 years and really miss the Chinese fried rice I would get at Chinese restaurants on the East Coast (Boston in specific). The fried rice I get at Chinese ...
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When should I add meat/vegetables when cooking congee?

Congee is cooked for a long time, at least an hour or so. Most recipes I've seen simply recommend dumping all the ingredients in at the beginning and then letting it cook until the rice has broken ...
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What is the “hot” and “cold” category that Chinese culture separate their food into?

I am unsure if this categorization of food exist only in Chinese culture or if it exists in other (Asian) cultures. In China, a lot of the food is separated into either "cold" or "hot". Some ...
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What is the name of this Chinese Fish Soup where guests cook their own fish in broth?

One of my friends tells about some kind of a delicious fish soup that he ate in china. But he doesn't know the name of the dish. It was served in a big bowl in the center of the table (in a ...
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Why does Chinese food reheats better on stove than in microwave?

Especially when there is sauce in the food. It seems the sauce heats less evenly in the microwave. I suspect the kind of flour used in the sauce is the problem but am not sure.
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Chinese crispy beef with minced beef instead of slice steak?

I've read up on a fair few recipes for Chinese crispy beef, but they all call for a beef steak to be sliced up, such as topside, rump, sirloin. But I cannot find any info or recipes on substituting ...
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What kind of rice is used in Chinese cooking?

I love the Chinese food we get from takeaway shops, and often to save on the cost we will cook our own rice at home. This is good, but the rice never seems to have the same texture as takeaway rice - ...
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Can I substitute baking soda for kansui powder?

Related: What does kansui do to dough in noodle making? I'm looking to make my own 拉面-style noodles. I've read up a lot about kansui and making your own kansui with a powder mix of sodium and ...
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Would raw soy sauce marinated chicken be more salty when cooked the next day?

If I had unused soy sauce marinated chicken, would it be more salty when cooked the next day?
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Can I do Chow Mein without rice wine nor substituting it?

I mistakenly bought "rice wine vinegar" instead of "rice wine". Now I am missing this ingredient from the recipe but I still want to do it. I could replace with red wine but I guess it's not a good ...
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How do you make the green beans served at Din Tai Fung?

Does anyone know how to make these? I'm pretty sure they are just blanched and fried (w/garlic), but I can't seem to get it right.
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The Orange in Crispy Orange Beef

Every time I try to make crispy orange beef, I try to integrate orange(juice, concentrate, zest) so that orange flavor stands out, but it never does. Does the orange in crispy orange beef refer to ...
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How to properly store a Chinese new year cake and how long will it last?

I've received a Chinese new year cake, my question is how do I properly store it? Do I need to refrigerate it? Also, how long will it last assuming that I properly store it.
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Cold Chinese BBQ Pork?

One of my favorite dishes in Seattle area Chinese restaurants is a dish they call BBQ Pork on their appetizer menu. In all the places in San Francisco I have been this same item is on the menu but it'...
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What is the Chinese celery and cabbage appetizer called and how is it made?

My favorite Chinese restaurant for 30 years closed a few months ago. Back many years ago they had an appetizer that they served when you were seated that was excellent. It was very simple, only ...
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How do you develop the knife skills to properly use a Chinese cleaver?

So I have recently been moving into the world of Asian cuisine, and I recently learned that the Chinese use a cleaver as though it is a chef's knife. Apparently, it is a great multitasker but ...
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Can anyone identify this Chinese candy?

We just grabbed our customary mint on our way out of the Asian Bistro by our house but when we opened it, it wasn't a mint and the wrapper was almost all in Chinese (I think). It was an Asian bistro, ...
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Peking Duck Sauce

I have just visited China (Beijing). There I had Peking Duck which was wonderful. They served it with a sauce - sort of sweet, brown and thick. I was wondering if anyone has a name for this sauce as ...
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Questions about shaoxing wine

What kind of shaoxing wine should I be looking to buy? My supermarket has shaohsing rice cooking wine which has salt added. After looking online, there seem to be people saying that the added salt ...
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Unusual foods from Asia (not for sensitive stomachs)

This question relates to the Chinese saying "Guandong people eat anything with four legs except a table and anything that flies except an airplane." I saw some pictures of special dishes in Facebook, ...
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Why is cheese never used in Americanized Chinese food?

While working weekends in an Americanized Chinese food restaurant I realized while many ingredients are used, no dishes contain cheese. This seems to be the case for every chinese dish I have ever ...
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What is wok hai and how do I get it in my food?

There is something special about food cooked in a wok called wok hai? What is it and how do I get my food to have it?
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Vegetarian replacement for pork mince in Chinese style stir fry

In Chinese cuisine it's very common to start a vegetable stir fry with a bit of minced meat, typically pork, to give the dish a deeper flavor. To make a vegetarian version I usually just leave this ...
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What is the name (in Chinese) of the utensil that is used to prick lots of tiny holes in pork skin to make it very crispy?

I have seen people mentioning this and I've heard it's available in Chinatown in NY or in Hong Kong but I can't find it listed anywhere for sale online. I think this is because I don't know the term ...
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Chinese cooking troubleshooting: still biting into pieces of ginger

I'm trying my hand at Chinese cooking. I doctored a mung bean soup that otherwise turned out okay. I took the spices, veg, added them to stock, waited till boiling over medium heat then simmered away ...
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How does velveting work?

The Chinese technique of velveting works. It creates a lusciously tender bit of meat, and I'm a complete advocate of making the small additional effort. If you've ever done it, you're already a ...
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What is the difference between “Mongolian Grill” and “Hibachi”?

For years I have been frequenting Chinese restaurants that feature "Mongolian Grill" (or Mongolian BBQ depending on the location). Recently I tried a new place that had (what they called) "Hibachi", ...
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Can I leave cauliflower florets in batter overnight for making Gobi Manchurian?

So I have this potluck party coming up tomorrow and I am supposed to bring an Indo Chinese version of these dishes - Gobi Manchurian and Veg Hakka Noodles! Since I am the only one who will be doing ...
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Saw this at my local chinese grocery

This was near the seafood section in a big vat of ice at my local chinese grocery. What the heck is this?
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Making noodles in a wok

What is the best way to make noodle dishes like lo mein in a wok? I am trying to get the best noodle texture and a taste close to the restaurants.
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Should I make my own Hoisin Sauce?

My local Asian Food Warehouse sells a few varieties of Hoison sauce that vary wildly in price. That got me thinking why? Are there different qualities in prepared Hoisin sauces? If so, would I be ...
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How do I cook ribs Chinese style?

I love Chinese style ribs. They seem to have a sweet plum flavour/fragrance to them and the meat seems to be caramelised. I'd like to try this at home, how are they prepared and cooked?
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How do you make tapioca from cassava?

I am curious as to how tapioca is made from cassava. Also, is it possible to do this at home? Thanks.
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How to write the so called wooden tomato / wooden potato in Chinese (and where to find it)?

I once went to a Chinese restaurant with a Chinese friend, and there was this sort of yam which was white colored and covered with a whole bunch of red/pink dots resembling freckles and these dots ...
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Chow Mein: What is the starchy sauce called and how can I cook it?

This is a two part question, both relating to Chow Mein: When ordering Vegetable Chow Mein from various Chinese restaurants in New York and New Jersey, I find that the dish is prepared with two ...
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What do you need for Chinese style Hotpot at home?

I love going to hotpot at the restaurant. How can I do it at home? What sort of equipment do I need?
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Is there a reason to not add salt when making a soup?

On several occasions I have had friends make soup without salt and then tell me that salt should be added only when the soup is served. I've read Why is it important to add salt during cooking? But ...
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Sous Vide Pork Butt Char Siew (Chinese BBQ)

I want to make Char Siew (Chinese BBQ pork). I also want to try it sous vide up to medium rare, then finished under the broiler to get that nice caramelized outside while basting. This way it ends up ...
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What are possible substitutes for pineapple in sweet and sour pork/chicken?

Most recipes for sweet and sour pork/chicken I see include pineapple example. But what if someone does not like pineapple? What are candidate substitutes? Do they necessarily need to be fruits? ...
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Help! I sliced my flank steak along the grain, is there a way to still have tender meat?

I don't know how to cook beef, I'm really not a meat eater; however, I prepared a recipe from memory and I was in a rush and I thought I remembered reading to slice the meat along the grain...I was ...
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How is congee made?

Does anyone know how to make the congee like those in Dim Sum/Yum Cha restaurants?
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What's the secret for Chinese fried rice?

I see a lot of recipes for fried rice, but never seem to be able to give the gorgeous lightly browned color (and therefore flavor) to my rice. This is before adding soy sauce or anything else. Is ...
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How to cook Lo Mein?

I just moved to China and I would like to cook some lo mein ( chinese noodles ), this is the easiest way to get some veg. food here :) The lo mein I bought are not the fresh ones but the dry ones. ...