Chinese recipes usually call for very specific
ingredients and ways to cook everything. There are
many tips you can use to save time and money and still
have a top notch meal or add ingredients to make a
good meal great.
You can cut corners on rice, kinds of oil, even the
kind of meats you use. Many people take the meat out
of a recipe and call it vegetarian.
A delicious alternative to regular cooking oil is
sesame oil. Just a few drops mixed with your normal
oil or used by itself, sesame oil makes any dish have
a very unique flavor.
Shrimp cooked in vegetable oil tastes like greasy
shrimp but shrimp cooked in sesame oil taste like a
Chinese treat. Sesame oil has a strong and unique
flavor that many people automatically associate with
It is higher in fat so if you are on a diet, it might
not be a good choice.
Rice is common in all kinds of Chinese recipes. If you
make a lot of Chinese food, you can cook a lot more
rice than you know you will use.
You can freeze this excess rice and use it later on
for fried rice. This will save you the trouble of
cooking a whole new batch and it tastes just as good.
Don't be afraid to change recipes. If you have a great
recipe for chicken, try using crab or shrimp next time
or changing some vegetables around.
You might have just created your own unique recipe!
This can be a lot of fun and the more familiar with
Chinese recipes you get, the better your creations