Chinese cuisine is associated with a number of spicy dishes and ingredients, such as hot curries, Szechuan peppercorns and red chillies. If you don't generally opt for Chinese food when ordering a takeaway because you don't like spicy food, you may be pleased to know there are several dishes commonly found on takeaway menus that aren't the least bit spicy. Here are four dishes for you to try next time you're in the mood for Chinese food.
King Prawns With Oyster Sauce
This dish is perfect for seafood lovers and consists of succulent king prawns that are flash-fried and served with a slightly sticky and rich oyster sauce. The sauce is made with oyster extract, soy sauce and a little sugar, and it's thickened with cornflour. It's a dark sauce with an umami taste profile and contrasts beautifully with the meaty king prawns. Enjoy this dish with steamed or fried rice and a side of fresh greens.
Lemon chicken is a delightfully tangy dish that can be made with chicken breast or bone-in chicken thighs. The chicken is coated in a sauce made with lemon juice, lemon zest, chicken stock, cornflour and a little black pepper. This dish is served with a garnish of spring onions and typically enjoyed with fried rice.
Honey Sliced Pork
Honey sliced pork is made with lean pork tenderloin that's thinly sliced and stir-fried with a sweet sauce. The sauce is made with light soy sauce, honey, sesame oil, cinnamon and star anise. The sauce thickens as it cooks and coats the pork. Just before serving, the pork is sprinkled with toasted sesame seeds and the dish can be eaten with egg noodles or steamed rice.
Fillet Steak with Plum Sauce
Fillet steak with plum sauce is a real treat for your taste buds and a great dish to order when having a celebratory meal at home. Tender fillet steak is cooked to your preference and served with a rich sauce that complements the flavour of the beef. The sauce is made with fresh plums, rice wine vinegar, onion, soy sauce, honey, ginger and garlic. It cooked down until it's thick and slightly sticky. This dish is served with sautéed greens and steamed rice.
These are just a few examples of popular Chinese takeaway dishes that are ideal for those who don't enjoy spicy food. Next time you treat yourself to a takeaway, check out the flavour-packed dishes on the menu of your local Chinese restaurant. Look for Chinese food takeaway services near you.