Cheap Vegan Left Over Revival Guide to Last Night´s Chinese Food
Have you ever looked at your left over Chinese and just thought, ¨hmm don´t really want to eat this…¨
You probably eat it anyway, but nothing is as good as the fresh Lo Mein you had the night before. But lucky for us there are ways to revive your left overs to the point that they seem like a brand new meal.
Since we are dealing with vegan Chinese food, it´s safe to say the main ingredients of your meal are vegetables and rice (maybe noodles if they´re egg free). So what you´re looking at for Chinese food on day 2 is a stir fry that can bring some pizazz back to your grease soaked brocoli.
The biggest challenge with these left overs is that Chinese food seems to double in moisture overnight to a point where all of the vegetables have all sort of turned the same color… I´m going to try to help you make this appetizing!
- Make some extra brown rice. This will help soak up the flavor and give us a base of our meal. You might even have some left over with your main dish.
- Get a pan hot and throw on some onions, ginger, and garlic. This combo can accomodate sweet, spicy, or soy saucy tastes.
- Next, add the left overs to your pan. Try to simmer off some of the excess water.
- Then we add any fresh veggies that match what was already in the dish. Some staples of most vegan chinese food dishes are cabbage, cashews, brocoli, tofu, carrots, and peas. These are pretty safe places to start.
- You´ll need to add some flavor so your fresh ingredients match your left overs, so make sure everything is soaked pretty well. To do this, try to mimic whatever sauce was on there before.
SALTY: Hoisin, Teriaki, Soy, even salt or vegetable broth
SWEET: Add some fruit like pineapple or orange juice
SWEET AND SOUR: try a pineapple, soy sauce and vinegar combo*
IF YOU LIKE SPICE: Add some red pepper flakes or sriracha
**NOTE: Adding a bad sauce to your stir fry is guaranteed to ruin your meal. Make sure that if you´re experimenting do so in a separate bowl. Then, dip a vegetable from the original left over to taste if it compliments your dish the way you intended. Always add sauces slowly, there´s nothing worse than too much of a good thing.
AFRAID OF SCREWING UP THE FLAVOR?
If you aren´t a wiz in the kitchen and you really just want to keep this simple, season with the free packets of soy and duck sauce you got with your meal. Maybe add a little red pepper if you´re feeling crazy.
If you still seem to have gone a little too far justpour out some of the excess sauce, add some water, and sautee for an extra minute or 2.
- Add your Stirfry to the rice and enjoy your Chinese food´s 2nd life.