Skip the Chinese takeout tonight. The following recipes are delicious stand-ins for the dishes that come from a restaurant, without the extra expense, questionable ingredients, and leaving home. Whip up a few tonight for you and your friends and family.
4 Chinese staple ingredients
- Chinese five spice is a mix of star anise, cinnamon, cloves, fennel and Szechuan pepper. Find it in the spice aisle.
- Soy sauce is made from fermented soy beans. Light soy sauce is saltier than dark. Find it in the Asian aisle.
- Shaoxing wine is made from rice. Find it in the Asian aisle or Asian grocery stores. If unavailable use dry sherry.
- Sesame oil is made from crushed white sesame seeds and has an intense flavour so use sparingly. Store the bottle out of direct light in a cool, dark cupboard.
Tips for eating out Chinese food
- When eating Chinese cuisine, deep fried dishes can make a big dent in your SmartPoints Budget. Opt for stir-fried or steamed dishes and pass on the prawn crackers.
- Why not share a rice portion between two or three of you? Fortune cookies are a fun way to finish your meal rather than fried banana fritters.