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Mar 19, 2009 06:31 PM

Turning bad chinese food into edible dinner?

So I got roped into ordering some chinese I knew would be bad, but man this was really bad. We now have two almost full containers of beef, one with bok choy and one with green beans. The takeout boxes are literally filled halfway with liquid, the beef is gray and chewy and the sauce tastes like water. I hate to throw away food and usually can save food by making it into something else, but this has left me stumped. Anyone got any ideas or just suck it up and toss it out? Thanks!

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      1. You could make bad fried rice. Pour off the liquid and reduce or discard; chop the chewy stuff fine enough that you can eat it, and liven everything up with lots of fresh garlic and ginger. The rice reduces the intensity of the badness, and you can always add chili paste. Or just feed it to the dog.

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        1. re: alanbarnes

          Seconded. This is my usual course of action w/ bad chinese. You can almost make it into something decent.
          sesame oil
          chili garlic paste
          fresh cilantro, garlic, ginger
          little lime juice, oyster sauce

        2. What about a soup? Drain the liquids into a pot, add some extra chicken stock, throw in sliced ginger, garlic, celery leaves bring it to a boil. Separate the beef and chop it into smaller pieces, let it simmer in the stock and maybe it will get tender. You can add a bit of cornstarch to thicken it, put in some green onion, rice noodles and the cooked veg at the last minute. Can always add some white pepper or something too.

          1. Thanks if I'm brave maybe I'll try soup, otherwise my mom's dog is getting some good lunch tomorrow!