5 Dishes To Try For Your Next Chinese Takeout

Chinese food is one of the most popular cuisines to order online for either takeout or delivery. Perhaps it's so popular because it comes in easily held containers, and you can share the contents. The most popular Chinese takeout dish in the U.S. is General Tso's Chicken, a fried dish with sauce, peppers, and broccoli.

Are you ready to try something new, though? Below are some other dishes to try beyond General Tso's Chicken.

1. Kung Pau Chicken

If you like General Tso's Chicken but want to branch out, try kung pao chicken. It's a healthier version of General Tso's Chicken because the meat isn't deep-fried. However, it's still flavorful with a spicy-tangy sauce that includes a traditional sauce and spicy chilies in the stir fry. Cooks also mix in unsalted peanuts, which adds another delicious dimension.

2. Chow Mein

Forget about the crunchy noodles you get from the grocery store. The chow mein you get from Chinese takeout gets its crunch from being stir-fried rather than boiled. Cooks start with noodles made of wheat, egg, and water and parboil them just enough to get them to puff up. They then stir them with a savory sauce that can include meat or tofu according to your preferences.

3. Beef Chow Fun

Despite having the word "chow" in the title, beef chow fun isn't that similar to chow mein. For one, cooks start with wide rice noodles, which gives the dish a different texture. They use many of the classic ingredients to make the sauce, which comes out lighter than chow mein. They also incorporate bean sprouts into the dish. Beef is traditional, but you can order other proteins.

4. Moo Goo Gai Pan

Moo goo gai pan is another dish that features a sauce, as many Chinese dishes do. However, the base is a white sauce because the cooks don't use any soy. Instead, they use chicken stock for the foundation and add aromatics such as fresh ginger, garlic, and scallions. The dish usually features many Chinese vegetables such as bok choy, bamboo shoots, water chestnuts, and straw mushrooms.

5. Moo Shoo Pork

The term "moo shoo" refers to a style of dish. It's a stir fry dish with mushrooms, green onions, and usually a protein such as pork in a rice wine or sake sauce. Moo shoo dishes also come with a Mandarin pancake, which is made of flour, water, and dark sesame oil. You eat the stir fry by wrapping it inside the savory pancake.

Try one of the above Chinese dishes next time you make a Chinese food online order.