There are certain tasty foods on Chinese takeaway menus. Wherever you look there, they are. And they do so for the simple reason that they’ve proven themselves to be the most popular across time.
The foods they offer will depend on the restaurant’s region and the most prevalent dishes or well-admired in that area. Because what’s on offer vary a lot, Chinese takeaway menus can be overwhelming.
The variety of dishes and the number of sauces to choose from make it hard to decide what you want. And so, we’ll look at those foods you could expect to find on almost every Chinese takeaway menu.
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01- Chinese Foods: Salt and Pepper Chicken
Salt & Pepper Chicken is a succulent meat dish, including white pieces of chicken (breast or thigh), marinated in soy sauce and spices before being covered in flour and deep-fried. They’re then cooked again with salt and pepper, garlic, ginger, and onion.
It gets served with chips or boiled rice.
02- Chinese Foods: Sweet and Sour Pork
Sweet & Sour Pork is a dish that most people will recognise. It’s made with pork fillet or chicken and gets served with boiled rice or chips.
The meat has been battered in egg and fried, then coated in the sweet and sour sauce, including red peppers and pineapple chunks. You can also have it with Chinese vegetables such as mange tout.
03- Chinese Foods: Omelette Rice
This Omelette Rice dish usually consists of omelette rice which will contain carrots, peas, onion, and any other vegetable you want to add. There are loads of options available for this dish, so if you’re not a fan of one of these ingredients, ask for something else.
Chinese takeaway menus typically have around five choices, at least for what you can have in your omelette. It gets served with boiled rice or chips.
04- Chinese Foods: Vegetable Chow Mein
Vegetable Chow Mein is a fried dish that includes vegetables such as mange tout, baby corn, carrots, onions, and other beansprouts, all stir-fried in dark soy sauce with noodles on the bottom of the pan.
The vegetables get topped with egg before being cooked for around two minutes.
This dish also comes with boiled rice or chips, giving you plenty to choose from if you want more than one food choice.
05- Chinese Foods: Singapore Noodles
Singapore Noodles are specially created noodles that are wok-fried by themselves after being soaked in water for around 30 minutes beforehand.
They then get cooked in soy sauce, chilli oil, and spices, including dried red chillis.
Chicken or prawns usually accompany them, but you can also have them vegetarian-style with extra vegetables instead of meat.
06- Chinese Foods: Sweet and Sour Chicken Balls
This Sweet and Sour Chicken balls oriental delicacy gets created using minced white chicken meat combined with breadcrumbs, spring onions, salt, and pepper before being covered in batter then deep-fried.
You will typically see three or four balls served on a plate along with Chinese vegetables such as mangetout or baby corn, all drenched in sweet and sour sauce.
Some Chinese takeaway menus may offer rice as the dish’s side instead of chips.
07- Chinese Foods: Peking Duck
Peking Duck is another popular option that you will find on most Chinese takeaway menus, and it’s a dish that deserves its name.
The duck is usually hung in the window for at least 24 hours before being plucked and roasted to perfection with the skin left crispy.
Once finished, it gets sliced before being rolled in pancakes along with spring onions, cucumber, and hoisin sauce. This oriental delicacy can also come as steamed Peking duck or shredded Duck pancakes instead of this option.
Chinese Foods: Conclusion
The takeaway menu is an integral part of the Chinese restaurant experience. And, if you look, there are always tasty foods that appear on every Chinese takeaway menu. We’ve listed some above. No doubt there are others too.
It contains many different dishes that are great for sharing or as a meal all by themselves. If you’ve not yet tried any of these, do so soon. When done well, you won’t be disappointed.
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