Quarantine keeping you from visiting your favorite restaurants? Well, for the foreseen future, it is unlikely that any restaurants would open, but that shouldn’t stop you from having your favorite food, right? Now, have you ever noticed how most of the dishes that you order in a Chinese restaurant come out of the kitchen in no time? This is actually not because of the food being precooked or so I hope but it is due to the fact that many Chinese dishes are quite simple and quick to make.
So, when you are locked inside four walls and looking for something to keep yourself busy during quarantine, why not brush up your culinary skills. Look for easy recipes when cooking at home. While some may require you to fetch ingredients from an Asian market, most of these dishes can be made easily from ingredients available in every supermarket. The wonderful thing about the Chinese cuisine is that their recipes are quite versatile. Yes, if you fail to find a certain ingredient, you may swap it out or altogether not use it. Here are some of my favorite recipes that you must try for yourself.
Oyster Sauce Chicken
You might have noticed that oyster sauce is quite common among Chinese food recipes. As the name suggests, it also involves the same. The dish is not only finger licking good but also quite easy to cook. The sauce brings the flavor of umami in the dish while adding a jolt of sweet and saltiness. Yes, and the best part is that it is easily available at any Asian market. The dish only takes about 30 minutes of your time. All you require is a pan, veggies, and chicken thighs. Some roasted peanuts to garnish. No, you don’t need to have pro culinary skills to make this. It is quite easy. Chops vegetables, cook them along with chicken thighs in a frying pan simmered with soy sauce, wine, oyster sauce, and broth sauce. Serve it with rice and voila enjoy the dinner.
Ah…It is definitely one of my favorite quarantine dishes to cook. It is quite basic and requires no special skills. If you don’t like to be smothered in the kitchen for long periods, then this recipe is perfect for you. You are essentially just frying the food in oil. If that is not motivating you to step into the kitchen, then I don’t know what would. Begin by marinating the meat in a mixture of rice wine, cornstarch, soy sauce, and sesame oil. Then cook veggies and beef separately. Once done, combine both of them with the homemade sauce. If chopping the vegetables and making the marinade seems too big of a task for you, you can try getting frozen vegetables and fry sauce from any store near you. Quite simple, right?
Kung Pao Chicken
The COVID-19 may have forced you to stay indoors, but you still got to feed yourself. And your stomach wants what it wants. It doesn’t see the restaurants closed. If it is asking for Kung Pao Chicken then you can’t help it. But do you know that it is quite a simple dish that you can make at your home. The dish actually comes with a range of flavors making it one of the most popular Chinese dishes in the country. The signature of this dish is the Szechuan peppercorn which is actually a fragrant spice. Instead of adding a lot of heat, it causes a numb feeling in the mouth. Rice wine, sesame oil, and soy sauce. To get a nice crunch, add some peanuts or cashews as a final touch to the dish.
Another crowd favorite savory dish that you can cook easily at home. And they make amazing Instagram models for you. You know you want some pictures for your social media too. Well, you have this. The dish is quite tasty and super easy to cook. Begin by simmering the meat in soy broth for about 30 minutes. Once done, add baby corn, garlic, bell paper, tomatoes, and cornstarch in it. Let the mixture turn into a gravy-like consistency. Quite simple! Plate it beautifully and serve it with a smile.
These are some easy yet savory dishes you could try while stuck in your houses. Well, it is not like you are busy doing other important things that you don’t have time to cook your own food. If you are anything like me, you would be spending most of your hours exercising your gun skills with Valorant. Well, if you are worried about lagging there, you can opt to get valorant boosting while you take on Mission Kitchen.