When talking about amazingly yummy dishes, most people think the Chinese food. Sweet-and-sour pork, beef and broccoli, egg rolls, Kung Pao chicken, dim sum, and more, all easily make you smile for the first bite.
If you order takeout Chinese food, it’s almost definitive that you’ll have leftovers because the take-away portions are clearly generous. It’s okay when you can keep them in the refrigerator and then enjoy the rest in the next day.
However, the question that you want to be answered is, is there any best way to reheat Chinese food? Of course, there are lots of methods available. It mainly depends on how much time you can wait and what kind of food you have.
In order to know clearly, please check out three basic ways below!
Method 1 – The Stove
The best option to help you keep the texture of the leftover Chinese food is to use the stove. It works great in reheating the foods and maintaining more moisture, especially for soups and stews. Make sure you pay attention to the suitable cookware for each kind of food.
For example, stir-fried or sautéed food needs to be warmed in a shallow pan. A pot or saucepan will be enough for stews and soups. To meat, you should use an iron pan.
In case the meat’s size is too big, please cut it into slices with the best santoku knife so that you can reheat better.
Here is a step-by-step guide:
- Step 1 – Firstly, heat up the skillet over medium heat. After 2 or 3 minutes, add a little of oil to the pan to stop the food from sticking to the cooking surface. However, avoid using this cookware for soups and stews.
- Step 2 –When seeing the smoke, put the leftovers to the skillet. You can reheat the rice only or mix it with the rest. To the meat, you need to warm it before adding the vegetables. When doing, try pouring a little of soy sauce to increase the flavor. In case you’re working on noodles or rice, remember to add some water to prevent it from drying out.
- Step 3 –The rice, noodles, or vegetables need to be reheated in a couple of minutes over the low heat to prevent them from getting soaked. Meanwhile, the meat needs to be warmed in the iron pan over high heat. Relying on that, you can restore its great texture as it would be. Don’t forget to stir the food regularly to warm evenly.
Try watching this video to know clearer
Method 2 – The Oven
In case your leftover Chinese food is meat, seafood or fried food, you should choose the oven because the gentle heat in the oven won’t make your dish dry or overcook. Also, it keeps the crispy texture.
But, using the oven for reheating often takes too much time. If you decide to come with the oven for warming the food, please prepare aluminum foil, instant thermometer, and baking dish.
Here is a step-by-step guide:
- Step 1 – Make sure you preheat the oven prior to reheating (10-15 minutes will be ideal).Regulate the temperature up to 425F if you’re flash heating.
- Step 2 – Put the leftovers such as fried rice, noodles, chicken, beef or seafood in the shallow baking dish or tray and then cover with aluminum foil. Make sure to fold the edges to create an airtight seal.
However, to the crispy food like fried wontons, egg rolls, or chicken wings, just wrap loosely so that you can open the foil in the last minutes, allowing the food to crisp up.
- Step 3 –Put the dish in the oven and set its position near to the heat source. Depending on the amount and size of your Chinese food leftovers, you can reheat from 2 to 10 minutes. Then take the thermometer and check whether the food reaches at least 165F or not.
To the sauce-covered meats or fried rice, you need to stir occasionally to make sure everything is warmed evenly. In the last few minutes, your need to open the foil if reheating breaded or fried foods.
- Step 4 – Serve and eat while it’s still hot.
Method 3 – The Microwave
If you don’t have much time to reheat Chinese foods, the microwave will be your best choice. It will work well with soups, stews, noodles, steamed vegetables, and stir-fried foods.
However, the texture of some dishes might be adjusted in this quick process, especially the food with its crispy cover. It’s because the microwave will make them soggy.
For warming the Chinese food with this device, please prepare a microwave-safe container, spoon, and damp paper towel.
- Step 1 –Place and spread the leftovers in the microwave-safe container evenly. Avoid using the plastic one because the high temperature of the microwave might extract some dangerous chemicals into the food. The best material should be glass or ceramic.
Then cover with a damp paper towel to prevent the food from drying out during the process. In case the food has dried out in the fridge, you should flick some water on top before reheating.
- Step 2 –Put it in the microwave and reheat for one minute. The short time will help you check the food is overcook or not.
- Step 3 – After every minute, take the container out and stir it with the spoon. This action will remove cold spots and warm the food evenly.
You also do the same thing to the soup because the water is more concentrated when reheating in the oven.
Can you choose the best way to reheat Chinese food after reading all our three options above? It commonly depends on your convenience and preference.
So, no matter which method you decide to come with, you might enjoy the leftovers that taste delicious as they would be. Be sure to eat as soon as they’re hot. And don’t forget to share your experience after trying all of the three methods or show us other ways to reheat the Chinese food.