Chinese food is one of those things that people either love or hate. There’s just something about the spices and flavors that really hits the spot. If you’re a fan of Chinese food, then you know that lunchtime can be a bit tricky. You don’t want to overindulge, but you also don’t want to go too light on your stomach. Fortunately, these five delicious lunchtime ideas for Chinese food lovers will have you covered no matter what. From stir-fries to dumplings, these dishes will leave you feeling satisfied without breaking the bank.
Spicy Sichuan Beef with Broccoli
When it comes to Chinese food, there’s nothing like a good Sichuan beef with broccoli dish to warm up your belly on a cold winter day. The spice in the sauce will tantalize your taste buds and the beef will be cooked to perfection. Whether you’re cooking this dish yourself or ordering it from a restaurant, make sure to get the perfect balance of spices so that the dish is both flavorful and pleasing to the eye. For a quick and easy lunchtime meal, try this recipe!
Mongolian Beef with Snow Peas
Mongolian beef is a popular dish in China that is typically made with ground beef, green beans, onion, garlic, and soy sauce. The dish can be spiced up with chili pepper flakes or Sichuan peppercorns for added flavor. In this recipe, we are using snow peas as a substitution for the usual green beans. Snow peas are gluten-free and low in sugar, so they make a great option if you are looking for a healthier version of Mongolian beef. We also recommend serving this dish with steamed rice for a complete meal.
Roasted Pork Belly with Shiitake Mushrooms
roast pork belly with shiitake mushrooms is a delicious and easy to make lunchtime dish. The pork belly is perfectly cooked, flavorful and juicy, while the shiitake mushrooms provide a delicious and savory depth of flavor. Serve this dish with some steamed rice or noodles for a complete meal.
1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
2. In a large bowl, mix together the soy sauce, honey, garlic powder, onion powder, and pepper until well combined.
3. Add the pork belly to the bowl and coat evenly in the sauce mixture. Let the pork sit in the bowl for at least 30 minutes or up to 1 hour so that it can marinate thoroughly.
4. Meanwhile, heat up your oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the shiitake mushrooms and cook until they start to browned around the edges, about 4-5 minutes per side.
5. Once the pork has marinated for as long as desired, remove it from the bowl and slice into thin strips using a sharp knife (be sure not to cut too deep into the meat). Add these strips to the skillet along with any accumulated juices from cooking the pork belly. Cook until all of the strips have been coated in sauce and are cooked through, about 5-6 minutes per side (watch out for burning!). Serve immediately!
Crispy Garlic Tofu with Scallions
If you love Chinese food, you’re in luck! There are so many delicious lunchtime ideas for Chinese food lovers that it’s hard to choose just one. Here are five of our favorites:
1. Crispy Garlic Tofu with Scallions: This recipe is a perfect way to enjoy crispy tofu without having to fry it yourself. Simply sauté scallions in a little oil until they’re soft, then add the tofu and cook until both are crispy and golden brown. Serve with rice or noodles for a delicious and healthy meal.
2. Kung Pao Chicken: This dish is classic Chinese cuisine at its best. It’s made up of chicken breast cooked in a spicy sauce with bell peppers, onions, and garlic. The best part is that it can be made quickly and easily in the oven or on the stovetop.
3. Sesame-Lacquered Duck: Duck is one of the most popular meats in China, and for good reason! It’s flavorful, tender, and easy to cook—perfect for a quick and easy meal. This recipe uses sesame oil to give it a tantalizing flavor that’ll knock your socks off!
4. Sweet-and-Sour Shrimp: If you’re looking for an adventurous dish that’ll leave you wanting more, try this sweet-and-sour shrimp recipe. It takes a little time but the end result is well worth it—trust us! The
Sesame Noodles with Shrimp and Vegetables
If you’re craving Chinese food but don’t want to spend a lot of time cooking, check out these lunchtime ideas.
1. Sesame noodles with shrimp and vegetables: This dish is always a hit at Asian restaurants, and it’s easy to make at home. Just cook the noodles according to package instructions, then add cooked shrimp and vegetables to the bowl.
2. Kung pao chicken: This classic Chinese dish is made up of tender chicken breasts sautéed in a bold blend of spices. Make it at home by simmering chicken in a saucepan with canned bamboo shoots, water chestnuts, garlic, and soy sauce until cooked through.
3. General Tso’s chicken: This popular Chinese restaurant dish is made up of boneless chicken breast chunks coated in a savory mixture of flour, salt, and pepper. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat before adding the chicken and frying until golden brown on both sides. Serve hot with rice or noodles.
4. Honey roasted pork: This sweet and sticky pork dish is perfect for those who love their food fiery hot! Preheat your oven to 400°F before coating pork cubes in a mix of honey, soy sauce, garlic powder, onion powder, pepper, and sugar. Place the pork cubes on a baking sheet and roast for 20 minutes until desired doneness is reached. Serve warm with rice or noodles on the side for dunking into the sauce.