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Chinese Night at Home

A good and fun idea for family meal night is Chinese food. Yes, it’s one of the few “ethnic” foods that’s a little more expensive to make at home than to buy at the restaurant, but the price is well outweighed by the quality of the food at home, as well as the sense of pride that comes with making something at home.

Sweet and Sour Sauce
It’s a dipper. It’s a sauce. It’s the most recognized condiment in the Asian food world. Use it for eggrolls or mix with virtually any meat for an entrée.

1/3 cup white vinegar
1 cup water
1/8 tsp salt
3/4 cup sugar
1/8 tsp Tabasco sauce
1/8 tsp white pepper
1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
2 tbsp cornstarch
3 tbsp ketchup
1/2 tbsp minced ginger
1 tbsp olive oil

In a sauce pan, combine 2 cups of water, white vinegar, sugar, salt, white pepper and Tabasco sauce. Bring to a boil.

In a bowl, mix cornstarch, 2 tbsp water and Worcestershire sauce. Add to boiling mixture and stir constantly until thickened.

Remove from the stove and add ketchup, ginger, and olive oil. Mix well and refrigerate immediately.

Stir Fry
Stir fry has become more or less a catch-all for the American family. It’s convenient and fast, so it’s perfect for mom or dad on the go. With so many variations it’s also easier to accommodate people’s individual tastes.

1/3 cup soy sauce or favorite stir-fry sauce
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp garlic powder
vegetable oil
2 tsp dark sesame oil
1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into bite-size pieces
1 lb mixed vegetables to taste.

Combine stir-fry sauce, ginger, and garlic powder in a small bowl, se to the side. In a large nonstick skillet add oil, and place over medium-high heat until hot. Add chicken, and stir-fry until chicken is done. Once cooked, remove chicken from the skillet. Add vegetables to skillet and cook. Re-add the chicken and sauce mix. Cook over medium heat until everything is hot. Remove and serve over rice.

Chinese soups are a favorite anytime. Included to help round out your Chinese food night at home is an easy Chinese style soup: Bok Choy Chicken Soup.

10 thinly sliced of bok choy leaves (Chinese cabbage, regular cabbage will do in a pinch)
3 1/2 cups of chicken broth
2 tsp soy sauce
2 tsp of sesame oil
5-6 red pepper flakes
1 garlic clove well chopped

In a medium sauce pan, bring chicken broth to a boil. Add soy sauce, sesame oil, pepper flakes and garlic clove. Next add the leaves of bok choy or cabbage. Simmer until cabbage is tender. In the case of bok choy cabbage, it will turn a nice green when done. For regular cabbage cook al Dante.

Hopefully, you will have a fun and delicious Chinese food night in your home! So grab a nice movie and curl up on the couch and chow down.

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