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I'll never go out for Chinese again...
« on: September 09, 2014, 03:41:57 PM »
As I was enjoying my dinner tonight, I commented to my husband why would we ever go out for Chinese again.  That comment spurred a thought...if we all post our best recipes for something we typically go out for, we can ALL save a whole lot and eat healthier.  So with that, here's my dinner recipe.  Please share your best recipes for Indian, Pizza, Sushi, etc.

Snow Pea & Beef Stir Fry

1/2 c. soy sauce
1/2 c. sherry
2 tbsp cornstarch
2 tsp sugar
2 tbsp olive oil (or dark sesame oil)
2 garlic gloves, minced
1 beef top sirloin steak (1.5 lbs), thinly sliced
1/2 lb. sliced mushrooms
1 medium onion
8 oz fresh snow peas
**I added grated carrots and sliced red peppers for more color and more veggies
hot cooked rice (I used brown rice)

1.  In small bowl, whisk soy sauce, sherry, cornstarch and sugar.   Add in 1 TBSP oil and garlic.  Add beef and toss to coat.  Refrigerate 4+ hours
2.  Heat large skillet over medium heat.   Add remaining oil.  Saute onion, mushrooms abut 4-5 minutes.
3.  Add beef and snow peas.  Saute 7-10 minutes (depending on how cooked you like your beef).
4.  Serve over rice.

This is seriously better than going out for Chinese.  I promise.

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Re: I'll never go out for Chinese again...
« Reply #1 on: September 09, 2014, 04:49:42 PM »
This is my favorite Chicken Tikka Masala recipe - http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Chicken-Tikka-Masala-51171400.  It's really easy, and incredibly yummy.

Just FYI though, there's a thread of the Mustachian Recipe Index.  Since it's a sticky, it's probably the best place to put recipes.  That way they don't get lost in the forum. - http://forum.mrmoneymustache.com/off-topic/mustachian-recipe-index/

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Re: I'll never go out for Chinese again...
« Reply #2 on: September 09, 2014, 05:53:51 PM »
If I could  cook like my favorite Chinese restaurants then that would be one thing. My favorite dish uses something like 20 ingredients and takes a couple of hours to prepare. Some things we definitely do at home and have gotten decent at (my husband is Chinese), but I adore the experience of gong out and trying things we can't do at home. I am all for reproducing what you can yourself.

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Re: I'll never go out for Chinese again...
« Reply #3 on: September 09, 2014, 06:04:49 PM »
I would love it if someone could post a good NY style pizza recipe. That is my one weakness (I joke w/ my wife that I get cranky if my blood pizza levels get too low).  I could pass on (or make myself) just about every other restaurant food, but my attempts at making really good pizza that has the right texture and flavor never work out.

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« Reply #4 on: September 09, 2014, 06:23:16 PM »
Americanized Chinese? No doubt @ home is better. Here in my city we have some LEGIT Chinese places, that could please a fresh off the boat chinese grandmother. While going out is a luxury, I wouldnt write off eating out a whole genre of cuisine. Some things these kitchens turn out just cant be reproduced (by me). Thanks for the recipe and the cooking inspiration though!

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« Reply #5 on: September 09, 2014, 06:58:25 PM »
I would love it if someone could post a good NY style pizza recipe. That is my one weakness (I joke w/ my wife that I get cranky if my blood pizza levels get too low).  I could pass on (or make myself) just about every other restaurant food, but my attempts at making really good pizza that has the right texture and flavor never work out.
Pizza rocks.  Suggest you keep trying and tweaking till you get awesome pizza!
I like pizza and have been cooking it for years - but my pizza is probably not what you're looking for. I've worked at several pizza parlors and styles can be very different.
Questions:
I'm not familiar with NY style. What is it about NY style that makes it good?  What makes it different?

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« Reply #6 on: September 10, 2014, 06:12:21 PM »
Questions:
I'm not familiar with NY style. What is it about NY style that makes it good?  What makes it different?

I wish I knew what made it good; then I might be able to reproduce it. :)

The proportions are just right - the crust isn't too thin or thick, and there isn't too much (or too little) tomato or cheese.  On top of that, just the right amount of salt and grease.

It certainly isn't the quality of ingredients that make it good, since slices could be had for $1 each at 2am in manhattan.

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« Reply #7 on: September 11, 2014, 05:26:25 AM »
Ever since I found Szechuan peppercorns at a spice shop, I've been enjoying my favorite spicy Szechuan dishes (e.g., kung pao chicken) with an added kick and authenticity that's still hard to find in restaurants.

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« Reply #8 on: September 11, 2014, 09:04:43 AM »
This is the best resource I've found on NY pizza. The guy is committed and obsessed. I lack that stalker level of commitment but stilled picked up some good info and improved my homemade pizza game. Be warned, the format is hard to read and it's not just a basic recipe to follow.     http://www.varasanos.com/PizzaRecipe.htm

I think the NYT had a more approachable recipe that was very good, but I don't have a link for it.
Totally trying the beef and snow pea recipe!

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Re: I'll never go out for Chinese again...
« Reply #9 on: September 11, 2014, 03:34:46 PM »
This is my favorite Chicken Tikka Masala recipe - http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Chicken-Tikka-Masala-51171400It's really easy, and incredibly yummy.

Well, yeah, it is easy by Indian recipe standards. It only has 20 ingredients! It is my favorite cuisine by far, but I wouldn't go quite so far as easy. nevertheless, I'd like to give this one a try. Ckicken Tikka Masala is just so darn good....

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Re: I'll never go out for Chinese again...
« Reply #10 on: September 11, 2014, 03:54:35 PM »
This is my favorite Chicken Tikka Masala recipe - http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Chicken-Tikka-Masala-51171400It's really easy, and incredibly yummy.

Well, yeah, it is easy by Indian recipe standards. It only has 20 ingredients! It is my favorite cuisine by far, but I wouldn't go quite so far as easy. nevertheless, I'd like to give this one a try. Ckicken Tikka Masala is just so darn good....
I bought a tikki masala spice packet ($0.75).  I just had to add the liquid (I can't remember if it was cream or coconut milk), chicken and veggies.  I also mixed in a little tomato paste.  It was good and fast (<30 min). 

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« Reply #11 on: September 11, 2014, 04:01:12 PM »
This is my favorite Chicken Tikka Masala recipe - http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Chicken-Tikka-Masala-51171400It's really easy, and incredibly yummy.

Well, yeah, it is easy by Indian recipe standards. It only has 20 ingredients! It is my favorite cuisine by far, but I wouldn't go quite so far as easy. nevertheless, I'd like to give this one a try. Ckicken Tikka Masala is just so darn good....
I bought a tikki masala spice packet ($0.75).  I just had to add the liquid (I can't remember if it was cream or coconut milk), chicken and veggies.  I also mixed in a little tomato paste.  It was good and fast (<30 min).

My favorite "Quickie Indian" comes in jars from Kitchens of India, we are especially fond of the Korma and Josh (they have Tikka Masala, but I don't care for it all that much). it's not as good as homemade, but when I don't feel like putting a whole lot of effort into dinner this just plain works. We usually add green peas to the Korma and chick peas to the Josh along with the chicken. I can have dinner on the table in 40 minutes from start to finish, including 30 minutes of cooking time.

I rarely like jarred Indian anything and am always disappointed, and these folks are the exception to that rule.

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« Reply #12 on: September 11, 2014, 04:04:57 PM »
This is my favorite Chicken Tikka Masala recipe - http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Chicken-Tikka-Masala-51171400It's really easy, and incredibly yummy.

Well, yeah, it is easy by Indian recipe standards. It only has 20 ingredients! It is my favorite cuisine by far, but I wouldn't go quite so far as easy. nevertheless, I'd like to give this one a try. Ckicken Tikka Masala is just so darn good....
I bought a tikki masala spice packet ($0.75).  I just had to add the liquid (I can't remember if it was cream or coconut milk), chicken and veggies.  I also mixed in a little tomato paste.  It was good and fast (<30 min).

My favorite "Quickie Indian" comes in jars from Kitchens of India, we are especially fond of the Korma and Josh (they have Tikka Masala, but I don't care for it all that much). it's not as good as homemade, but when I don't feel like putting a whole lot of effort into dinner this just plain works. We usually add green peas to the Korma and chick peas to the Josh along with the chicken. I can have dinner on the table in 40 minutes from start to finish, including 30 minutes of cooking time.

I rarely like jarred Indian anything and am always disappointed, and these folks are the exception to that rule.
Thanks for the tip!  I'll have to look for the brand.  My ethnic cooking skills are weak, so I'm always looking for help. 

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« Reply #13 on: September 11, 2014, 04:18:50 PM »
Americanized Chinese? No doubt @ home is better. Here in my city we have some LEGIT Chinese places, that could please a fresh off the boat chinese grandmother. While going out is a luxury, I wouldnt write off eating out a whole genre of cuisine. Some things these kitchens turn out just cant be reproduced (by me). Thanks for the recipe and the cooking inspiration though!

Well said.

Here in the SF Bay Area, Chinese is extremely common, authentic, and most importantly cheap. Some of the deep-fried dishes are a LOT of work to make yourself (I know, because I've made a couple). I don't go out to eat much, but when I do it's generally to Chinese.

Some of the simple Americanized dishes are great to cook yourself, though.

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« Reply #14 on: September 11, 2014, 04:23:48 PM »
Americanized Chinese? No doubt @ home is better. Here in my city we have some LEGIT Chinese places, that could please a fresh off the boat chinese grandmother. While going out is a luxury, I wouldnt write off eating out a whole genre of cuisine. Some things these kitchens turn out just cant be reproduced (by me). Thanks for the recipe and the cooking inspiration though!

Well said.

Here in the SF Bay Area, Chinese is extremely common, authentic, and most importantly cheap. Some of the deep-fried dishes are a LOT of work to make yourself (I know, because I've made a couple). I don't go out to eat much, but when I do it's generally to Chinese.

Some of the simple Americanized dishes are great to cook yourself, though.

Authentic Chinese food is jizztacular.

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« Reply #15 on: September 11, 2014, 05:48:50 PM »
My pizza isn't NY style, but it's awesome. The crust is medium thickness and would taste similar to NY style if you made it with all white bread flour instead of whole wheat.

My standard pizza is about $1.75 per 14-inch pie ($1 if it's just cheese).

I need to make a separate post with pictures, but I did post the crust recipe for my standard semi-thin crust here (http://thegoblinchief.wordpress.com/2014/08/23/whole-wheat-baking-conversion/)

Sauce is super easy too. I make it once, then freeze it in 1/3 cup portions per pizza you plan to make. I usually make a batch of 4, so I freeze in larger portions. This sauce is also very tasty on pasta, especially if you like your pasta tossed with a light coating of sauce - not drenched.

-28oz can crushed tomatoes
-1 onion, diced
-6 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
-1 tsp red pepper flakes
-1 tsp dry basil (or 1 tbsp fresh)
-1/2 tsp marjoram (optional)
-1 tbsp olive oil
-1/4 cup water (or red wine if you have some in the house - it's superior with this but not so much so I'd go out and buy a bottle/box)

1. Cook the onion in oil over medium heat until tender. Add the garlic and red pepper. Cook for another 30 seconds.
2. Add water or wine to cool pan down, then add remaining ingredients.
3. Bring to a simmer, then cover and reduce heat. Allow to cook for at least 10 minutes to allow flavors to blend. Adjust seasoning as needed.

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« Reply #16 on: September 11, 2014, 06:52:27 PM »
If you like Korean Bibimbap you somewhat have to go out.   We made it at home once after buying the $15 per bowl stone bowls and spending about 3 hours fixing all of the small dishes that go into it (plus some kimchi).   Paying $9 at the local Korean restaurant for more variety (about 10 different kimchi dishes served along with the Bibimbap) is worth it.

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« Reply #17 on: September 11, 2014, 07:10:35 PM »
You guys have gone and made me hungry!

My wife and I just agreed to make some Chinese food for dinner tomorrow. 

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« Reply #18 on: September 11, 2014, 07:30:22 PM »
This is my favorite Chicken Tikka Masala recipe - http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Chicken-Tikka-Masala-51171400It's really easy, and incredibly yummy.

Well, yeah, it is easy by Indian recipe standards. It only has 20 ingredients! It is my favorite cuisine by far, but I wouldn't go quite so far as easy. nevertheless, I'd like to give this one a try. Ckicken Tikka Masala is just so darn good....

I guess so, but most of them are spices and other canned goods that I keep around anyway.  I generally use canned coconut milk instead of the heavy cream, and I almost always have plain yogurt, chicken, ginger, garlic, onions, and cilantro.  I'll mix up the chicken to marinate in the morning (though I cube it and then marinate rather than pounding it), then cook the rest up in the evening.  When I have it, I use garam masala instead of the assortment of spices. 

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« Reply #19 on: September 12, 2014, 12:49:59 PM »
My favorite chinese recipe is Fried Egg and Tomato. http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Stir-Fried-Egg-and-Tomato-352835 Being cheap, I assure you roma tomatoes and yellow onions work fine as substitutes. I can literally fire up the rice cooker for 2 people, make this recipe, and have them done at almost exactly the same time.

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« Reply #20 on: September 12, 2014, 05:19:05 PM »
She's Nyonya, and ethnic group in Malaysia famed for two things: 1. Beautiful women, 2. Being amazing cooks. (I wish she'd write a Malaysian cookbook for the American market, actually.)

I do have a somewhat unrelated question to this though. I thought Nyonya is just a personal title (along the line of Mrs., Ms.) in the local language . Is there really an ethnic group? If so, can you point me to some reference source so I can find out more? Thanks, as well as for the recipe books recommendation.


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« Reply #21 on: September 12, 2014, 05:22:32 PM »
Had a great snack yesterday...I'm told it's something Elvis would appreciate!

1 slice bread
2 tbsp peanut butter
1 sliced banana
1 tbsp honey

Combine and devour!


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« Reply #22 on: September 14, 2014, 02:06:21 PM »
I would love it if someone could post a good NY style pizza recipe. That is my one weakness (I joke w/ my wife that I get cranky if my blood pizza levels get too low).  I could pass on (or make myself) just about every other restaurant food, but my attempts at making really good pizza that has the right texture and flavor never work out.

The recipe isn't as important. Try getting a baking steel, it made all the difference for me!

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« Reply #23 on: September 15, 2014, 09:26:27 AM »
Thanks serpentstooth. Appreciate the info.

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« Reply #24 on: September 15, 2014, 10:21:04 AM »
I would love it if someone could post a good NY style pizza recipe. That is my one weakness (I joke w/ my wife that I get cranky if my blood pizza levels get too low).  I could pass on (or make myself) just about every other restaurant food, but my attempts at making really good pizza that has the right texture and flavor never work out.

The recipe isn't as important. Try getting a baking steel, it made all the difference for me!

What difference did the baking steel make for you, exactly?

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« Reply #25 on: September 17, 2014, 03:01:38 PM »
I would love it if someone could post a good NY style pizza recipe. That is my one weakness (I joke w/ my wife that I get cranky if my blood pizza levels get too low).  I could pass on (or make myself) just about every other restaurant food, but my attempts at making really good pizza that has the right texture and flavor never work out.

The recipe isn't as important. Try getting a baking steel, it made all the difference for me!

What difference did the baking steel make for you, exactly?

It makes the crust crispy & browned and bubbly like real Neapolitan pizza!

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« Reply #26 on: September 18, 2014, 02:17:39 AM »
Our former housemate is originally from Hong Kong. Once, my SO asked her for a recipe for the dinners she made for herself. Her exact words were: "First, you get vegetable, any vegetable. Then, you stir fry in oil. Add garlic. Add ginger. There, you have Chinese Vegetable."