Easy DIY Chinese Take Out

Created March 6, 2017
Pinching pennies? Well then, pinch yourself, too! Because our DIY Chinese take-out recipes will give you all the flavor without the hefty price tag. Believe it! MORE+ LESS-

You know when you just get a hankerin' for some takeout? Like you want to pull out chopsticks and roll them around in a plate of soy-sauced noodles. But then, you remember you've got a pinch in the pocketbook, and blowing bucks on Chinese food probably isn't in the works this week.

So, what's a broke, hungry foodie like yourself gonna do? Make your own cheap and easy Chinese food, that’s what!

In the time it takes to call take out, and with just a few bucks, you can toss together these two incredibly delicious, budget-friendly dishes: Homemade Egg Rolls and an incredibly delicious Schezwan Fried Rice. Wanna see how it's done? Grab your wok, and keep scrollin'!

(For recipes, click underlined recipe titles or photos.)


Cheap & Easy Egg Rolls

So, to make this whole mean, Egg Rolls and Fried Rice, you're going to get started with the egg rolls first.


Just grab a package of cole slaw mix and toss it into your wok with some sesame oil, green onions, and a little bit of love.


Then, spoon about two or three tablespoons of your cabbage mixture into the center of egg roll wrappers. Pull the edges in, roll, then transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Spray generously with nonstick olive oil spray, then toss them into a hot oven. Easy!

Recipe: Cheap & Easy Egg Rolls


Schezwan Fried Rice

Next up, Schezwan Fried Rice.

This one's REALLY easy to make! There's like, exactly 1.2 steps, and then you're done. Just as you're putting the rice on your plates, you'll pull out the Egg Rolls and serve yourself silly.


The real brilliance of this meal is it's meat-free, so you're saving money, but still getting protein from the addition of a poached or fried egg up top your rice. Just take all these lovely ingredients, and...


Mix 'em up in a skillet. Isn't it a gorgeous mix?


Now here's the finished combo platter, with a poached or fried egg up on top to finish it off.


You may just wanna eat with the curtains closed. We can't have the local Chinese restaurants getting jealous, now, can we?!

Recipe: Schezwan Fried Rice


More Chinese to Stir Up

You can do it ... at home! Try these Chinese recipes to make your favorite restaurant picks in your own kitch:

Brooke blogs at Cheeky Kitchen where she shares fun family recipes. She joined Tablespoon to share some of her best, so keep an eye on Brooke's profile to see what she cooks up next!