Fast, flavorful Chinese

Forget take-out: Dishes like this Ginger-Garlic Shrimp are easy to make at home

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Rice noodles with chicken and vegetables (top left) and ginger-garlic shrimp (bottom right)

Dan Goldberg

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Ginger-Garlic Shrimp

Rice Noodles with Chicken and Vegetables

Chinese restaurant fare always seemed too daunting to try making at home. But I saw another side of Chinese cooking when eating with my boyfriend's parents, Peter and Wendy Lee. With a few fresh ingredients, easy-to-find sauces, and some basic techniques, home cooking is light, flavorful ― and easy. Serve steamed Chinese broccoli or snow peas on the side, and pour a Chenin Blanc.

From the Asian-foods aisle

Noodle soup base such as Kikkoman Memmi. A mixture of soy sauce, sugar, vinegar, and fish flavorings, sold in bottles beside the soy sauce.

Chinese rice cooking wine such as Shaohsing (sometimes spelled Shao Xing). Used in small quantities to flavor dishes.

Chinese black (Chinkiang) vinegar. Made from rice; used as a condiment on finished dishes.

Sriracha hot sauce. A red chile sauce used as a condiment.

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