Questions tagged [restaurant-mimicry]

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

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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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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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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 make raspberry donut filling [closed]

How do I duplicate the raspberry flavored jelly filling of Dunkin Donuts jelly donuts?
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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 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 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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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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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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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 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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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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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 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 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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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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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 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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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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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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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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How do you make sauce for a Thai dish such as Chicken Pad Khing?

I've eaten Chicken Pad Khing (Ginger Chicken Stir Fry) many times in Thai restaurants. Really love the dish. I'm a very amateur cook and recently attempted this at home. It came out ok with the ...
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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 to replicate this bakery's bread

A local bakery is going out of business and they sell the most delicious bread. The pretzel bread is my favorite. All of their loaves tend to be heavy and dense, they stand up well to slicing, and the ...
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What is the white sauce of Domino's pasta made of?

What is that made of? Can it be replicated at home?
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How to make Cheeze Burst Pizza same as Domino's?

I'm a true pizza lover and at Domino's they make a great style called "Cheese Burst", the only problem is I can't eat it due to religious reasons. As a Jain, I don't eat some common foods. For more ...
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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 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 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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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 to make Coconut/Chili Sauce (based on Photos) [closed]

This is a Vietnamese dish described in the menu as "Scampi with Coconut/Chili Sauce". Can anyone tell me what ingredients I would need to make this sauce at home? I enclose two different variants ...
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Cooking beef for pepper steak

From American-"Chinese" restaurants, I usually order a dish called "Pepper Steak with Onions". This seems to be a simple enough dish, mostly a straightforward stir-fry, except for one unique ...
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What should I use to produce the hotness of Hong Kong-style borscht?

I'm interested in attempting to make borscht similar to the type that gets sold in fast-food restaurants in Asia (or at least Hong Kong). I've found several recipes online, so the basic process seems ...
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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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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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Dipping sauce for shabu-shabu

I am at the Hilton in Narita, and I've just come back from a wonderful meal of Shabu-shabu. One of the dipping sauces was stated to be soy sauce, but it had a lovely sweet sort of flavor to it, so it ...
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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 to make flavoured rice like uncle ben's chinese rice?

What can I add to my rice cooker to create a similar flavour? Also I find, rice comes out quite dry even when I put more water? There's a slight oily sheen to it. Will this help? Thanks heaps!
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Beer Battered Onion Rings — what makes them look shiny?

I'm working on a beer battered onion ring recipe and I think I have the recipe part but the onion rings look dull as they cool. I notice at restaurants etc...that they are usually shiny. Is it an ...
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How to emulate pike of Starbucks

Recently, I have developed a taste for pike roast flavor of Starbucks. I was wondering if I can make coffee with the same taste in my home? What would be the coffee bean and an appropriate coffee ...
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How can I cook chicken breast like Nando's?

I want to make chicken butterfly breast similar to Nando's but plain. I read this question which gave me a good insight. I have no grill so only a gas oven/halogen oven and a frying pan. Am I able to ...
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How do you make Welch's fruit snacks?

The ideal goal is to replicate something similar to Welch's Fruit Snacks. We want something that is firm, flavorful, and not sticky. Has anyone come up with a delicious fruit snack recipe? Here is ...
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Homemade coconut milk in coffee compared to store bought

I've been making my own homemade coconut milk recently because I don't like the list of ingredients (thickeners, emulsifiers, etc.) typically found in store-bought coconut milk. The problem is, I ...
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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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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 ...