What To Make With Leftover Chinese Food? It doesn’t matter if you’re Chinese or not; when it’s the end of the week and you have a few dollars in your pocket (and nothing left in your fridge), ordering takeout is an easy answer.
You could order more to make sure there’s enough for breakfast tomorrow. Or, if we know anything about creativity, we’ll come up with something else to make with our leftovers. That way we can save some money and avoid eating at the same restaurant every night this week!
What is Chinese Food?
What is considered ‘Chinese food’ is a fusion of various Asian cuisines from foods from northern China to those from the east and west coasts?
A wide variety of Chinese cuisine has been prepared for over 5,000 years. Each region in China has its signature style of cooking.
This may range from a dish with a garlicky sauce in the north to a dish prepared with more vinegar and sugar from the south.
Can you cook leftover Chinese food?
Absolutely! Many of the classic Chinese dishes are designed to be cooked with leftovers. For example, chow mein can easily be made with leftover vegetables and meat.
- 1/2 cup cooked noodles
- 1/2 cup cooked vegetables (leftover or fresh)
- 1/4 cup cooked meat (piece or new)
- 1 tbsp oil
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/4 onion, sliced
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- 2 tbsp water
1. Heat a frying pan and add in cooking oil; fry garlic and onion for about 30 seconds or until fragrant. Add in the noodles, vegetables, and meat (if there’s not enough fat in your pan, add extra oil). Stir fry until everything is heated through.
2. Mix soy sauce, sesame oil, and water in a small bowl. Pour this mixture over the stir fry and give everything a final stir. Serve hot!
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What are some other 6 dishes that can be made with leftovers?
There are plenty of options when it comes to using up your leftovers! Here are a few ideas:
1. Fried Rice:
Combine leftover cooked Rice with any cooked vegetables, meat, or eggs. Stir-fry until heated through, and season with soy sauce, salt, and pepper to taste.
2. Lo mein:
Like fried rice, lo mein is made with cooked noodles and vegetables. The main difference is that the noodles are added uncooked into a stir fry and cooked once hot enough.
If you have leftover veggies and meat, make a quick sauce with soy sauce and sesame oil, pour these over vegetables and meat. Leave out the rice/noodles for now! Add in cooked noodles right before eating.
4. Sweet and sour pork:
This dish is a favorite for using up leftover meat. Make the sauce (vinegar, sugar, ketchup, and soy sauce), add in your cooked meat and leftover veggies. Cook until heated through.
5. Egg fu young:
This dish is similar to an omelet or scramble, with a few variations. Combine cooked vegetables and meat with some beaten eggs. Pour into a hot frying pan and cook until the eggs are set. Serve with soy sauce on the side.
6. Mini spring rolls:
Use up leftover vegetables and meat by filling out small pastry wrappers with a mixture of your choice. Deep fry until golden brown and serve with soy sauce!
Remember that all the ingredients don’t have to be just Chinese food. A stir-fry is essentially a dish where you cook everything together over high heat – not limited to Asian cuisine. You can pretty much use any leftover ingredients you have on hand!
Is it safe to reheat fried Rice?
Yes, it is safe to reheat fried Rice as long as it has been cooked properly. Make sure to heat it until it is steaming hot throughout and avoid leaving it out at room temperature for too long. Fried Rice is a great way to use up any leftover rice you may have!
Can I freeze Rice?
Yes, you can freeze cooked Rice. Place it in a sealed container or bag and freeze for up to 3 months.
When you’re ready to eat it, thaw overnight in the fridge and reheat in a microwave or on the stovetop, Rice is a great staple to have on hand for quick meals!
With so many people cooking up Chinese food for the holiday, there’s bound to be leftovers. Use this list of recipes to make something delicious with your leftover takeout!
Which one are you going to try first? If you have any other great ideas on using that last piece of General Tso or Moo Shu pork in a dish, please share them below.
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