The cuisine brought over from China has so much flavor and frivolity that it is ideal for a dinner party. It can also be quite complicated. Following are some Chinese recipes that won’t keep you in the kitchen all day and will still give the appearance that you were. All recipes will make 8 servings.
Moon Gate Orange Chicken
4 green onions, cut in 1/4 inch long pieces
1/3 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup orange juice
Vegetable oil for deep frying
3 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts/thighs, cut in bite size pieces
2 tbsp. vegetable oil
1 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp. hot pepper sauce
Score peel of one orange in quarters and remove peel. Remove all white membrane from peel and cut peel into long, thin strips. Peel second orange. Section both oranges. Reserve sections and orange peel strips. Combine green onion, soy sauce, sugar, and orange juice in a small bowl. Set aside. Pour oil to a depth of 3 inches in a large, heavy saucepan. Heat to 375 degrees on deep fat thermometer. Fry chicken pieces, a small amount at a time, about 4 minutes, or until pieces lose their pink color. Remove with slotted spoon and allow to drain on paper towels. Heat 2 tbsp. oil in a large skillet or wok. Add ginger, hot pepper sauce, and orange peel strips. Stir fry for about 1 1/2 minutes. Add chicken pieces and stir fry for 3 minutes. Add orange juice mixture and stir fry another 3 minutes. Transfer to heated serving dish.
Lantern Festival Snow Peas
3 7 oz. packages frozen snow peas
1/4 cup butter
1 8 oz. can water chestnuts, drained and sliced
Prepare snow peas according to package instructions and drain. Add butter and water chestnuts. Heat over low heat to melt butter. Stir gently to mix. Serve.
Bean Sprout Salad
1 1/2 pounds bean sprouts
1/4 cup shredded carrot
2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. grated, fresh ginger root
In a large bowl combine sprouts, carrot, salt, and ginger root. Cover and let stand while preparing the following dressing.
1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
5 tbsp. sugar
1 tbsp. peanut oil
1/2 tsp. sesame oil
In a small saucepan, bring vinegar, sugar, and peanut oil to a boil. Remove and pour over salad, tossing gently to mix well. Chill until time to serve. Sprinkle with 1/2 tsp. sesame oil just prior to serving.
This is everything you’ll need for a fabulous Chinese dinner party. These are very pretty and colorful dishes you can be proud to serve. The best part? You’ll still have energy to entertain when your guests arrive. Enjoy!