21 Homemade Chinese Takeout Dishes That Beat the Restaurant Version

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Chinese takeout dishes are always a treat, aren’t they? But waiting is the hardest part. Or if you don’t live in an area with a great Chinese restaurant, even takeout is out of the question. Instead of waiting for your order to be delivered or going to pick it up, why not learn how to make your favorite Chinese takeout dishes yourself?

I put together this post featuring some of the most popular Chinese takeout dishes that you can easily make at home. And they taste even better than the restaurant version. 

Making Chinese takeout dishes is easier than you think, and sometimes you can even have them on your table faster than delivery would take. So what are you waiting for? Have homemade Chinese takeout for dinner tonight!

21 Homemade Chinese Takeout Dishes That Beat the Restaurant Version

21 Homemade Chinese Takeout Dishes That Beat the Restaurant Version

1. Beef Pan Fried Noodles

21 Homemade Chinese Takeout Dishes That Beat the Restaurant Version - Beef Pan Fried Noodles

It couldn’t be easier to make these crispy pan fried noodles in a savory sauce with tender bits of beef!

Check out the recipe HERE.

2. Sichuan Spicy Shrimp Stir Fry

21 Homemade Chinese Takeout Dishes That Beat the Restaurant Version - Sichuan Spicy Shrimp Stir Fry

Wow your taste buds with the flavors of spicy, sweet, and garlicky all in one mouthful with delicious crispy shrimp cooked in a Sichuan style. 

Check out the recipe HERE.

3. Salt and Pepper Pork Chops

21 Homemade Chinese Takeout Dishes That Beat the Restaurant Version - Salt and Pepper Pork Chops

Simple and flavorful, these crispy and juicy pork chops will be your new go-to pork meal of the week!

Check out the recipe HERE.

4. Wonton Soup

21 Homemade Chinese Takeout Dishes That Beat the Restaurant Version - Wonton Soup

Your favorite Chinese takeout soup is easier to make than you think, with pork and shrimp wontons in a flavorful chicken broth. 

Check out the recipe HERE.

5. Soy Sauce Fried Rice

Soy Sauce Fried Rice

Make your own fried rice in just 10 minutes with simple ingredients from your kitchen. 

Check out the recipe HERE.

6. Chinese Egg Drop Soup

Chinese Egg Drop Soup

One of the most popular Chinese takeout dishes for sure, this soup takes only 15 minutes and a few ingredients to get on your table. 

Check out the recipe HERE.

7. Dan Dan Noodles 

Dan Dan Noodles

Get real Sichuan flavor from this super-rich sauce topped on noodles for a classic taste of true Chinese food. 

Check out the recipe HERE.

8. Sweet and Sour Pork

Sweet and Sour Pork

No more soggy bites with this sweet and sour pork that rivals Chinese takeout! It stays crispy outside and juicy inside with a sticky sauce that’s perfectly balanced between sweet and sour. 

Check out the recipe HERE.

9. Char Siu Pork (Chinese BBQ Pork)

Char Siu

This Chinese BBQ pork has that sweet, glossy glaze that will make you lick your fingers clean.  It’s definitely one of the most popular Chinese takeout dishes and you can’t believe how easy to make it at home.

Check out the recipe HERE.

10. General Tso Tofu

General Tso Tofu

Your tofu will come out extra crispy without deep frying, while the General Tso sauce is hard to beat!

Check out the recipe HERE.

11. Beef Chow Fun

Beef Chow Fun

With “fun” in the name, you know this dish is going to be great! Fat noodles, crisp veggies, and tender bits of steak come together with a heavenly sauce. 

Check out the recipe HERE.

12. Chicken Egg Roll

Chicken Egg Roll

Perfect Cantonese style rolls that capture umami so well, these chicken egg rolls are brimming with colorful ingredients, from fresh veggies to savory dried foods and fresh meat, to create the ultimate Chinese takeout appetizer!

Check out the recipe HERE.

13. Orange Chicken

Orange Chicken

No deep frying and all the delicious flavors you crave, from an indulgent orange sauce that you’ll want to make again and again!

Check out the recipe HERE.

14. Hot and Sour Soup

Hot and Sour Soup

Spicy, sour, and loaded with a bounty of ingredients, your favorite Chinese takeout soup is easy to make at home. 

Check out the recipe HERE.

15. Chinese Eggplant with Garlic Sauce

Chinese Eggplant with Garlic Sauce

Crispy and smoky eggplant cooked in a savory garlic sauce that truly satisfies. 

Check out the recipe HERE.

16. Moo Shoo Chicken

Moo Shoo Chicken

It’s the best of both worlds with the East-meets-West flavor of the juicy chicken with cabbage, bamboo shoots, and other ingredients in a savory sauce. 

Check out the recipe HERE.

17. Tofu and Broccoli Stir Fry

Tofu and Broccoli Stir Fry

Healthy and delicious doesn’t get much better than this tofu and broccoli stir fry, on your table in just 30 minutes with full-on flavor!

Check out the recipe HERE.

18. Gua Bao

21 Homemade Chinese Takeout Dishes That Beat the Restaurant Version - Gua Bao

These Taiwanese pork belly buns are a dim sum classic – a fluffy textured bun stuffed with braised pork. 

Check out the recipe HERE.

19. XO Noodles with Shrimp

21 Homemade Chinese Takeout Dishes That Beat the Restaurant Version - XO Noodles with Shrimp

Quick, delicious, and full of savory seafood taste, this is one of the best Chinese takeout dishes there is, and you can make it even quicker at home. 

Check out the recipe HERE.

20. Mapo Tofu

21 Homemade Chinese Takeout Dishes That Beat the Restaurant Version - Mapo Tofu

This spicy and pungent Sichuan classic will make you love tofu, and you’ll sop up every last bit of sauce with your steamed rice.

Check out the recipe HERE.

21. Kung Pao Shrimp

Kung Pao Shrimp

One of the best Chinese takeout dishes to make at home, it’s fast enough for weeknights and impressive enough for company, with its spicy, savory, slightly sweet sauce that will make you want more and more!

Check out the recipe HERE.

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  1. Shalryn says:

    Chinese food for Christmas? Lovely thought, but nope. Our family has a 50-year tradition of Chinese for New Year’s. The core menu is steamed rice, fried rice, beef chop suey (with lots of broth), deep-fried battered turkey, sweet-and-sour turkey, dry garlic spare ribs, vegetable stir-fry (with or without noodles), steamed veggies, and egg rolls or spring rolls. From there, the additions to the menu change according to the number of guests and their preferences (and the cook’s urge to experiment) that year. For my family, Christmas dinner is the realm of roasted bird or ham or salmon and all the fixings, but New Year is reserved strictly for Chinese food, and it must be all from scratch, even the noodles. Except for egg roll and won-ton wrappers, because I can never get them thin enough without tearing them.

    • Maggie says:

      Hi Shalryn, Chinese food for New Year sounds also great! And you get some interesting dishes there. The sweet and sour turkey sounds very delicious! I’d love to try it out 🙂 It’s really hardcore making everything from scratch. So much work but I’m sure the dinner will be amazing. Egg roll and wonton wrappers, we don’t make them either. It’s too much work, and yes, the store bought one works better. Hopefully this post can be useful when you’re celebrating New Year 🙂
      Happy Holiday!

  2. Lillian says:

    I love the idea of doing a non traditional holiday dinner. This last new years my boyfriend and I made chow mein, walnut shrimp, and sweet and sour chicken. It was delicious and exciting! Speaking of Christmas dinner, once my siblings and I were left to our own devices because the parents were travelling so we made a complete Italian feast with zuppa Toscana, creamy shrimp pasta, homemade breadsticks. It is an experience I will always treasure.

    I think i will do another Chinese feast for new years this year as your general tso’s chicken recipe looks awesome!

  3. derek says:

    Maggie>>>I have prepared and eaten quite a bit of your recipes in fact my mouth waters reading and looking at the finished food types I like and I feel full without cooking a thing. These 21 recipes above are sparkling good even the tofu I tried, and very surprised at the texture and finish. Soups are my favs, and I make 1 a week to keep the taste buds excited. One of the ingredients I purchased was Szechuan peppercorns. I had no idea how they tasted. Now I use 1 or 2 crushed to bits and use them in everything. What a taste changer these tiny peppercorns make, and I thank you for that product for use.
    Take care and keep presenting these magical food types for I look forward to your mailings.
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    d.

  4. Dina says:

    Thanks Maggi, can’t wait to try some of the recipes,they look so mouthwatering…

  5. Norina says:

    We made your beef pan fried noodles. We used the wrong kind of noodles but the rest of the dish – the meat, veggies, and sauce – was really fabulous!! I love your recipes!!

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