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Real Chinese Takeaway recipes?

  • 21-01-2002 11:42pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 529 ✭✭✭ Fergus


    Sweet and sour chicken hong-kong style..

    I know the chicken and vegetable pieces are all pre-cooked and battered, and get deep-fried for the last minute or two at service.

    The sauce - is it bought in, or made-up?

    Anyone want to spill the beans..


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,839 bubbles


    I was under the impression everything in the Chinese Takeaway was made with various body parts of cats....

    Now, the sauce wouldn't be brown by any chance, would it?

    On a serious note, I think they usualy make the sause themselves, rather than buying it. Would seem the logical thing to do, esp with the cost of cats these days.


  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Technology & Internet Moderators Posts: 6,266 CMod ✭✭✭✭ MiCr0


    Originally posted by Fergus
    Real Chinese Takeaway recipes?

    erm - that makes no sense.
    food ina chinese takeaway has nothing what so ever to do with real chinese cooking


  • Registered Users Posts: 19,384 ✭✭✭✭ Krusty_Clown


    I wouldn't think that they would waste the money on buying-in something like a sweet and sour sauce. these sauces are very easy to make, and are made from very common ingredients e.g. Tomato Ketchup , sugar, vinegar etc..).

    Authentic Chinese food on the other hand....


  • Registered Users Posts: 529 ✭✭✭ Fergus


    Hey I'm not saying the westernized stuff in the takeaway (or the restaurants for that matter) is real Chinese food..

    I'm specifically after replicating the takeaway product. You see v arious recipes for sweet and sour sauce on the net, with things like ketchup and vinegar.. but it's just getting it spot on..

    I have seen monosodium glutimate mentioned.. can anyone confirm if this is used?


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,522 Dr. Loon


    Originally posted by Fergus


    I have seen monosodium glutimate mentioned.. can anyone confirm if this is used?

    I've no proof, cos I'm about to go home, and I couldn't be bothered looking for proof, but yes they do use it... in the sauces, it's what makes you want more chinese 20 minutes after you've just eaten some!


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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,005 ✭✭✭ strat


    Originally posted by Fergus

    I have seen monosodium glutimate mentioned.. can anyone confirm if this is used?


    yup
    thats one thing for walking to the train station from a lan i dublin at 9am on a staurday morning :) u see every second chinese takeaway place taking delivery of tons of fresh vegetables n stuff and many box's of this wonderful powder, in moderation it makes EVERYTHING savory taste great but too much makes things taste, well, very strong - its nearly all salt and other flavour enhancers and i assume it aint too healthy


  • Registered Users Posts: 78,143 ✭✭✭✭ Victor


    Originally posted by Fergus
    The sauce - is it bought in, or made-up?

    I had a really bad lemon saucefrom a Chinese in Malahide recently (don't know the name). It tasted somewhere between (lemon) washing up liquid and (lemon) Beechams powder.


  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Technology & Internet Moderators Posts: 6,266 CMod ✭✭✭✭ MiCr0


    Originally posted by Victor


    I had a really bad lemon saucefrom a Chinese in Malahide recently (don't know the name). It tasted somewhere between (lemon) washing up liquid and (lemon) Beechams powder.

    @ least it was the right type of taste ;)


  • Registered Users Posts: 529 ✭✭✭ Fergus


    Lemon sauce is just a sugar syrup with fresh lemon juice added, and I think some cornstarch to thicken it.

    can I have a big mac on its own to go please. would you like fries with that. no thank you. would you like a drink with that. no thank you. eat in or take away. take away.


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