Healthy Eating

3 Easy Chinese Recipes You Can Make for the Family

Are you looking to spice up your home cooking while in lockdown? Then you’ve come to the right place! Quarantine life may seem a bit stale now, but it doesn’t have to remain that way. One thing you can control and change is your cooking. Chinese is right up there in popularity and catering to people of all tastes and cultures when it comes to international cuisine. After all, who doesn’t like visiting a Chinese restaurant for special occasions? Or how about ordering in a takeaway following a hard day at work? People love Chinese food for so many reasons, particularly the variety of flavours that satisfy your tastebuds.

With Chinese cuisine popularity at an all-time high, people are looking for even more ways to get their dose of Asian food. You can achieve this with Chinese seasoning, which turns ordinary dishes into a mouthful of Chinese flavour. KMC Seasoning is one of the distributors of salt & pepper seasoning, a product that is healthier and tastier than table salt and pepper but provides a bit of a kick to dishes.

KMC Seasoning has kindly sent us a recipe article that looks at some of the most favoured meals you will find at any Chinese restaurant or takeaway. From the much-loved salt and pepper chips to classics like chow mein, all these recipes are relatively easy to follow and are delicious enough for the whole family – even fussy eaters! So sit back, take some notes and get ready for the perfect homemade Chinese dishes.

Salt and Pepper Chips

Let’s start with a hugely popular takeaway dish, especially in parts of Northern England and Scotland. Salt and pepper chips is the perfect meal for anyone who loves spicy food, and you can usually find it on the menu of most Chinese takeaways. It may sound boring, but don’t knock it until you try it! This recipe isn’t simply taking regular chips and applying some table salt and pepper to them. It’s a meal in itself as opposed to a side dish. To start, you’ll need your choice of potato-based ingredient. The option is yours; you can pick anything from oven chips to wedges, skinny fries or homemade chips. Place the chips in the oven or fryer, add a dash of salt & pepper seasoning along with some chopped onions, and leave to cook. When the chips are golden, you can add cheese, coriander, bell peppers, garlic cloves, peppercorns and chilli into the mix if you prefer. The spicier the dish, the tastier! After you’re happy with the remaining ingredients, transfer the food to the grill and allow it to cook in for several minutes.

Sweet and Sour Chicken

We can attest that sweet and sour chicken is one of our favourites and the meal we usually opt for when dining out at a local Chinese restaurant! Sweet and sour chicken offers a tangy and crispy taste unlike any other meal and goes splendidly well with some fried rice and a portion of chips. When following this homemade recipe, start by slicing a few chicken breasts into bite-sized pieces. Prepare a mixture of corn-starch, salt and egg whites, and coat in with the chicken pieces. Next, you want to prepare the main ingredient, sweet and source sauce. The sauce is often made with pineapple juice, salt, brown sugar, ketchup and vinegar. Fry the chicken until nice and crispy and mix in with the sauce. To top off your meal, you may wish to add in some bell peppers and pineapple chunks.

Chow Mein

If salt and pepper chips or sweet and sour chicken don’t quite whet your appetite for tonight’s homemade meal, this one certainly will! Asians love their noodle-based dishes, and there’s not many better around than the classic chow mein. With so much flavour and healthy ingredients, chow mein is a top-rated Chinese meal. One of the best things about chow mein is that it’s very flexible. It’s up to you what meat, vegetables, noodles or sauce you want to have — swapping out any of these ingredients isn’t going to alter the recipe and the process of making it too much. For meat, you can choose anything from pork, beef, chicken, seafood, or even a vegetarian option. At the very heart of a delicious chow mein is the veg, so make sure you choose this wisely! You can opt for handpicking the vegetables individually or go with a pre-made stir fry mix bag. For the chow mein sauce, it’s up to you whether you want to make your own or use a ready-made pack. Your choice of noodles could be anything from egg noodles to ramen or instant noodles. The process of making a chow mein is straightforward and one that you could even get your kids involved with. You start by slicing the meat and browning them in a wok. When nicely browned, add in the vegetables and vigorously stir in. Pour in the sauce and continue stirring and tossing the wok until all the ingredients are mixed in well. Now it’s time to throw in the noodles with some water and when you’re happy, tuck in!