Questions tagged [restaurant-mimicry]

Questions with this tag should be about mimicking some existing dish, snack, drink, etc.

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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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Are there any cookbooks specifically designed for restaurant-level chefs/cooks?

It's fair to say most cookbooks are designed for the home cook. Not just in terms of quantities but also in terms of technique; it's very common to see recipes - even those written by giants in the ...
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Find out what spices were used

I have recently been ordering food from a place that has a fried rice that I like a lot. A lot a lot. The ingredients are pretty basic, which makes me think that the spices used in this dish are what ...
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Simulating the discontinued Lawry's Roasted Garlic Salt?

Lawry's Roasted Garlic Salt was simply the best spice I've ever had. And had I known it was discontinued I would've bought a few cases. If you're familiar with it can you recommend something similar....
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What is the minimum time home baked bread should be left to cool before eating?

I realise that a freshly baked loaf will need some time to rest to allow the starch to "set", otherwise the bread may not be the right consistency. (Why should I let bread cool before slicing and ...
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Emulating Starbucks Frappuccino Cream Base

At Starbucks, the "Cream Based" (no coffee) frappuccinos all use a proprietary syrup base which I would like to emulate to be able to make a reasonable facsimile at home. When the baristas make a "...
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Method for caramelizing Goat Cheese Balls without Breading?

I was recently at a restaurant where I was served fried balls of goat cheese. They were white, oily, very slightly browned, and appeared to be without any breading. The outside of the balls were sweet....
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How to imitate commercial fried chicken?

I'm trying to develop my own "secret" fried chicken recipe, something that is similar to Popeye's or Church's. I'm a LONG ways from getting there. Here's what I did in my last experiment: Chicken was ...
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How to make extra crispy and crunchy breading like KFC?

I'm wondering how I would go about making extra crispy chicken breading like they do at many places like KFC and the like. Is there a certain ingredient that makes the breading like that? Any ...
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How to make hamburger buns as fluffy as in McDonald's?

I make buns and they comes out soft, but not as fluffy and light as the ones they have in McDonald's. Is there any specific ingredient or technique I should use to achieve the desired fluffiness? ...
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How can I make this curry given my list of ingredients?

I'm trying to recreate a dish I had at Alinea a while ago. Their forum actually had a good start for this dish: The garnishes on the surface are Hawaiian volcanic salt, cucumber, garlic chips, ...
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How to make this shawarma hot sauce?

I'm not sure how to ask this question so bear with me. This shawarma place nearby has this amazing hot sauce but I have no clue whats in it! I want to re-create it if possible. I talked to the clerk ...
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How do I keep my enchiladas from getting soggy when they cook?

I love enchiladas. I almost always order them at a Mexican restaurant. I've made them at home a few times with a recipe that's delicious, but it's not the same as what I'm getting at a restaurant. The ...
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What is the orange coloured cream inside McAloo Tikki called and what are its ingredients?

The McAloo Tikki: (McDonalds' official page has a smaller image.) I have seen the onions, tomatoes, Aloo Tikki, and an orange coloured cream inside this burger. I wish to know what is that cream ...
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How to recreate the sauce in McDonald's 1955 Burger?

For a few weeks, my local McDonalds was selling a burger called the "1955 Burger", which had a really delicious sauce with lots of other things mixed in. I tried buying various BBQ sauces in the ...
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How is the chai tea latte in Starbucks made?

I can brew my own chai tea latte (without the foam machine). It smells great with different types of spice. However, it just doesn't seems to reach the taste of the chai tea latte from Starbucks. The ...
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How to make raspberry donut filling [closed]

How do I duplicate the raspberry flavored jelly filling of Dunkin Donuts jelly donuts?
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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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How to make a batter that is hard and hold up to sauce

I am trying to recreate Beijing Beef like they have at Panda Express. Most copycat recipes are recommending a batter made from some combination of cornstarch and flour. I am finding that the batter ...
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Olive Garden ‘Spicy Calabrian Chicken’ Recipe

I recently had Olive Garden’s ‘Spicy Calabrian Chicken’. They were spicy chicken tenders. They were great. Lots of heat, but I could still taste all the flavors and the heat dissipated, leaving me ...
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Why does this Egg McMuffins recipe taste terrible?

I tried to recreate the taste of a McDonald Egg McMuffin at home. I cut an English muffin in half and cooked it in the oven. I fried an egg in a pan. I added mayonnaise to the English muffin halves, ...
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How can I keep my burgers flat?

I have tried to keep my burgers flat for a while but they always end up turning into a ball and I have to flatten them out as they cook, even tried the little hole in the middle of the patty but it ...
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Why are olives always better at the restaurant?

Between olives I've been served at restaurants as a starter and various brands of olives I bought in supermarkets I have found that the ones in restaurants often taste much better. In particular they ...
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How can I recreate canned whipped cream from scratch?

I tried by using two quarts of heavy cream, two cups of sugar and a spoon of honey and mixed it all together but I feel like it's missing something to the flavor. I'm trying to create something ...
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How do I mimic trader Joe's (dark) Chocolate covered Espresso Beans?

I'm trying to mimic the thick, rich, dark chocolate covered espresso beans made by Trader Joes. These sweet morsels have a thick chocolate coating that easily gives in when bitten. The beans inside ...
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How can I get my flavorings to flavor my carnitas all the way through the pork?

So, I've been trying for a while to mimic taqueria carnitas at home with my slow cooker. I initially tried a recipe that had you put some water in and then cook in its own juices, with seasoning; that ...
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How is baby bok choy cooked in Shanghai?

During many business trips to Shanghai I often had baby bok choy that was served in a thin (unthickened), pale yellow sauce or broth - common in restaurants in Shangai. Very delicious! What kind of ...
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How can I make my own Super Noodles/instant noodle seasoning?

I like BBQ Beef Super Noodles, but they don't taste the same as they used to. The flavour sachet is not as strong as it used to be (maybe they use more filler nowadays). I can buy plain egg noodles, ...
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How do cooks prepare risotto in a restaurant?

I'm not looking for a Risotto recipe. I make a pretty nice risotto, thank you very much. But, making a risotto takes about 20 minutes. It seems unreasonable to me that a cook would start from ...
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What kind of oil and vinegar are used on italian subs? [closed]

I'm a huge fan of sub sandwiches of all varieties, especially the type usually advertised as "italian". One thing I've come to love is oil and vinegar - whenever it's offered as a condiment in a ...
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Is Mulan-themed Szechuan McNugget Sauce really just a blend of BBQ and S&S?

Regarding the limited-time Mulan-themed Szechuan McNugget sauce from McDonald's in 1998, I do remember it being tasty, but I don't recall the exact flavor to properly judge recreating it. Some ...
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How to make the perfect root beer

I have already noted this question about making root beer, but I wanted to explore further, so I hope you'll indulge me. I want to make a home made root beer that is similar in taste to the A&W ...
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Montreal Pizza sauce

I may be partial having lived there most of my life, but now that I live far away, I miss Montreal Pizza. I can't seem to find a restaurant near me that has a similar flavor or any combination of ...
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How do high-end restaurants promote such intense flavour in vegetables?

Yesterday I was lucky enough to eat lunch in a Michelin-starred restaurant. One course consisted, as far as I could tell, of nothing but a selection of lightly cooked baby beetroot and deep-fried ...
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How do you make General Tso's chicken as generally found in the Eastern USA?

I realize this is a recipe request, but I'm hoping that the supplemental information will be enough to let it through. I also realize it's rather localized and apologize to all of those who don't know ...
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What is in a Jamaican Chocolate Cheesecake?

I'm interested in making a variation of this baked Jamaican Chocolate Cheesecake from the Cheesecake Shop. The description from the website is not terribly useful in identifying what the possible ...
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How to mimic Giordano's Pizza CRUST at home ? (part 1)

Yesterday I indulged in a real luxury, I had Giordano's Pizza, (from Chicago) delivered to me in Oklahoma. It takes two days notice and six hours to thaw the pizza before you can 'finish' baking it; ...
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What is this Tibetan dessert?

Hi, does anyone know how to make this dessert? It is from Tibet originally, and can be found in a French restaurant under the name 'dolma'. (both the name of the desert and the name of the restaurant) ...
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What is inside the Prawn Cocktail crisps flavour?

I'm looking to make something close-enough at home for a friend. I'm suspecting it doesn't actually have Prawns in it.
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Making KFC-like chicken

I brine my chicken and use only salt, pepper and garlic powder in bleached flour to taste. I think this comes close to the Colonel's. Can anyone taste other spices in the original recipe?
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How can I make McDonald's type French Fries

I have eaten french fries from most popular fast food joints. McDonald's has been the best by far. Crisp & crunchy on the outside yet moist inside, still maintaining the potato taste. Also it ...
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Replicating Good Seasons brand Italian salad dressing dry mix

I use the dry mix in a ranch chicken recipe. I would like to make my own version from scratch. How would I go about trying to duplicate there recipe so to speak? I've looked at the list of ingredients ...
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Any way to reduce the tangy taste of homemade coconut milk?

I make different kinds of non dairy milks (nut, rice, etc). I rather like coconut milk, but would like to reduce the natural tangy coconutty flavor. I was looking at the following question: Homemade ...
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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 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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How to make Krave like shells?

How can I make a shell which has the same texture and taste as the shells on Krave Cereal? I'm wanting to make my own with my own filings but have no idea where to start. On the box it says they'...
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How to replicate Cerelac at home?

https://www.nestlebaby.com.au/products/dry-infant-cereal/cerelac-rice/ The contents says: "Rice": I can understand that they have ground the raw rice. Then is it supposed to be roasted? https://www....
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How can I make the crust of my chicken pot pie crunchy?

I was wondering how to make the breading/crust on the top of a chicken pot pie really crunchy, not flaky, but crunchy and crispy. I know all the ingredients to make the topping in the first place. I ...
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How can I get my Starbucks coffee to taste like the Starbucks store?

I use Starbucks coffee they sell in bags. I have used both whole beans and ground. I've bought bags from the grocery, bags from the actual Starbucks store. I've tried many different brewers. But it ...
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How can I recreate the Montgomery Inn “Cincinnati style” barbeque sauce at home?

I love Montgomery Inn barbeque sauce for its tangy/vinegar-y flavor, however it's often not in stock at the stores in my area. Does anyone know how I could achieve a similar flavor with a homemade ...