Tag Info

Hot answers tagged

43

There are really only a few secrets to good fried rice: Day Old White Rice (Make it the day before, let it cool, place it in the fridge) This I'd say is absolutely, the main thing. The texture will NOT be right if you use freshly cooked rice. There will be too much moisture. HEAT! Your Wok needs to be hot. You want everything to cook quickly. Cook ...


31

For me it isn't fried rice without toasted sesame oil, and the fried rice I have had in restaurants always tastes to me as if it contains toasted sesame oil. Peas are pretty required too. BTW, La Choy is synthetic soy sauce, it was at the very bottom of the America's Test Kitchen taste testing of soy sauce (sorry, paywalled), the only soy sauce to get a "not ...


16

Well in Chinese cooking we use a wide variety actually. Typically speaking... Medium or Long Grain Rice White Rice Fried Rice Sweet Rice or Glutinous Rice Sticky Rice (You commonly see this at Dim Sum places in the sticky rice dishes wrapped in lotus leaves, among other places.) There are others of course, but those are the common ones you'll find ...


15

While Erlenmeyer flasks and graduated cylinders and food-science may not be able to save your leftovers, adding some cooked rice with fried egg (basically any fried rice recipe) will likely crowd out the saltiness of the base dish as well as extend your leftovers.


15

These recipes aren't very standardized. Your mileage will vary greatly from one restaurant to another. That said, generally these are three distinct dishes. Orange chicken is... Orangey. Sesame Chicken is typically salty with a hint of sweetness, served with sesame seeds. General Tsos is typically sweeter with a little more heat and served with ...


14

You're close. In actual fact, however, most of the commercial soy sauces and other Chinese sauces you buy are not fermented at all; they're acid-hydrolyzed. Fermented soy sauce (or other soy-based sauces) are actually translucent and fairly light in colour. But fermentation takes months, so manufacturers hydrolyze instead. The process is completely ...


14

Hibachi are technically a traditional Japanese device used for heating one's house. They are a basic, heat-proof container that holds charcoal. The cooking devices that many people refer to as "hibachi" are what the Japanese would call "shichirin": I'm guessing that the term "hibachi" was popularized in North America because "shichirin" can be hard to ...


12

OK I can read Chinese and let me tell you the answer: the noodles you bought are made by eggs. They're not made by rice. (FYI, there are TWO kinds noodles called "Rice Noodles", they are actually made by rice. The two kinds varies in thickness). You can first make soup noodles to grasp the texture of the noodles you bought. Try undercook and overcook a bit, ...


11

When cooking Chinese ribs, they are usually boiled down... (I am a cook from Hong Kong) We usually cut the ribs bone-attached into small cubes before cooking, quite unlike the western cooking style. stir-frying: Usually we stir-fry the rib with a sauce of choice; black bean and chili is my favourite. One can also use the sweet-sour (sometimes with the ...


11

I might suggest that one thing that most home cooks are missing in comparison to a restaurant is heat. You aren't going to get the same results as a restaurant without the blazing wok that a restaurant uses. You can get closer by letting your wok get blazing hot before adding oil and quickly cooking small quantities of food at a time. Alternatively, if you ...


10

Glad you asked! I'm a Chinese person who lives in Shanghai. Based on what I see and my girlfriend's preferrence, native young guys in Shanghai are after rice from Thailand, in Chinese "泰国香米". It looks long and thin, just like @talon8 said. This kind of rice has sweet smell. Personally, I prefer rice from Wuchang. Wuchang(五常) in a place in Heilongjiang ...


10

Are there different qualities in prepared Hoisin sauces? Think of it like barbecue sauce or chili powder: every company has their own recipe, and it's always hard to know the precise justification for a specific price. The high price on one may be part of their premium brand image, and have nothing to do with the quality of the ingredients. ...


10

That is Classic Series Guava Candy made by HongYuan. You can buy a 14oz bag on Amazon, here.


9

My fried rice started getting closer to east coast restaurant style when I started doing a couple of new things: Use Chinese 5 Spice Powder - Like Indian Garam Masala, this is a spice mixture that is so common in Chinese cooking that it's sold pre-mixed. I've started using it in a lot of my chinese cooking. It makes a big difference. Add a bit more soy ...


9

It becomes quite confusing when talking about the difference between chow mein and lo mein mainly due to the error in translation. In Chinese chow mein literally translate as "fried noodles." However when buying chow mein at a chinese restaurant, you get vegetables with a side of deep fried noodles. Somehow the title of a dish is referring the to side ...


9

I am answering the question as I understand it based on our discussion in comments. Step 1 - Choose the restaurant wisely. As a rule you don't want big fancy restaurants and you certainly don't want to even try in a chain restaurant. You want the holes in the wall run by members of the ethnic group that matches the cuisine. When you enter the restaurant, ...


8

You want your rice to be fairly dry for stir frying. If you cook some rice specifically to fry, put in the minimum amount of water for whatever method you're using. As others have mentioned, it works well if you use leftover rice that's a day or two old. Then, when you're actually frying it, it helps if the rice isn't clumped together (as it usually is ...


8

Near as I can tell, it's probably the local economics. It seems to me that the cost is different per "component" but would probably balance out in the end. Chinese food, generally speaking, relies more on fresh vegetables (carrots, peas, bean-sprouts, broccoli etc.) and meat. This means that the storage costs and spoilage costs are higher relative to Indian ...


8

Pretty sure it is congealed pig's blood. It's commonly seen in SEA (South East Asian) countries and Hong Kong. It is used as an ingredient in some dishes and in Malaysia, I have seen it been used in soup as well as soup based noodles. One way to identify them is that they are always sold in cubed form. update: sometimes, chicken blood is sold/used in the ...


8

A number of Chinese restaurants are happy to prepare it without pork or beef. I've seen it with pork (most common) or beef (sometimes). A vegetarian Chinese place that I occasionally visit uses a "vegetarian ham" along with some vegetables like peas to augment the custardy texture of the soft tofu. I like to add some ja tsai (zasai, depending on ...


8

Because as you are cooking your soup, water in your soup is evaporating away as steam. You might salt a soup perfectly halfway through, but after evaporation, your now thicker soup is too salty. When adding salt, wait until the end of the cooking process, as soups will reduce and concentrate the flavors as the liquid evaporates. [ Source: ...


7

The easiest fix for this problem is to use rice that was made up to 3 days ahead. I will plan the menu to have a meal with rice on night 1, make extra, and then use that leftover rice for SF rice on night 4. If you are making it fresh, use less water so the rice will be a bit dry. Use high heat, and cook the rice in a wok. This also helps.


7

Pots There are two options for Chinese hot pot. Either one large pot that everyone dips into or several small pots, one each that you cook your own food in. Both styles are popular in China. It is also common to see the large pot with a divide in the middle allowing one side to have more chilli and spice than the other. Left: Large pot with divide. ...


7

Light soy sauce: "is a thin (low viscosity), opaque, lighter brown soy sauce, brewed by first culturing steamed wheat and soybeans with Aspergillus, and then letting the mixture ferment in brine. It is the main soy sauce used for seasoning, since it is saltier, has less noticeable color, and also adds a distinct flavour." Dark soy sauce: "a darker and ...


7

If your noodles are mushy, then you're overcooking them. Vermicelli take barely a minute or two to cook in already-boiling water. Egg noodles take a little longer, but either way, trying the noodles as they start to loosen up is the best way to ensure the right texture. Remember, you are going to be cooking them again when you stir fry them, so they should ...


7

Per AsianResearch.org's article The Ancient Theory Behind Chinese Food: Generally speaking, foods that have a higher water content are considered cool, or yin, in nature. These are often foods that are boiled or steamed. Foods that have a higher energy content, particularly from fat, are considered warm, or yang, in nature. These are often foods ...


6

The Chinese eggplant will have a thinner skin, less seeds (read: less bitterness); as a result, it will have an overall more delicate flavor. You can substitute a globe eggplant (the kind usually sold in American grocery stores) equally; just be aware you'll get extra "eggplant" flavor. Since the recipe you're using has strong flavors already, this ...


6

Traditionally, the sauce combines several ingredients, one of which, as Bart mentioned, is Hoisin sauce. The other ingredients are: Sesame Oil Hoisin sauce Dark sugar or honey Water Dark soy sauce. Cornstarch You can usually buy this at your local Chinese supermarket, but it's easier and more tasty to make your own.


6

Depending where you live it can be hard to get hold of useful Szechuan pepper. What you want is just the outer shell of fruit, not the contents Many governments force importers from China to use high heat to sterilise these on import, and most of the active ingredients seems to get whacked during this process Find the most "Chinese" shop you can, and buy ...



Only top voted, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible