When I saw Diana Kuan's cookbook The Chinese Takeout Cookbook I had to order it. Within a day I made the Spicy Black Bean Chicken and it was absolutely amazing and garnered rave reviews from my husband. I have made several recipes from this book and while the instructions are simple and the ingredients common (most you can get in your Asian food aisle) the results are delicious, complex and much tastier and cheaper than any Chinese restaurant.
In celebration of Chinese New Year - Diana is hosting a virtual pot luck on her blog Appetite for China. With a blizzard underway here in New York, I wanted comfort food but not a soup or stew. I made her General Tso's Chicken. It was fast and easy and incredibly delicious.
I highly recommend Diana's book and urge you to try making take out at home.
Happy Chinese New Year and stay safe everyone.