Chinese Takeout From Your Home @ Las Cosas

I attended the Chinese takeout cooking class at Las Cosas tonight. First time taking a Friday night class. DeVargas Center closes by 7pm on Fridays and Las Cosas closes at 6pm so we were going to be in the store and the shopping center after hours.

Class description: Tonight we celebrate Chinese New Year with a menu chock full of some of your favorite Chinese Take-out dishes. We will fill our cardboard containers with: Hot & Sour Soup, Crispy Springrolls, Asian Cucumber Salad, Kung Pao Chicken, Scallion Pancakes, Shrimp Toast, Crab Rangoon, and Homemade Fortune Cookies. Be ready for the Year of the Dog with this delcious menu. (Hands-On)

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Kung Pao Chicken

We had a lot of items on this menu and 13 people in the class. Classmate Rita and I worked on the Kung Pao Chicken. I think it came out well. Spicy dish with tender chicken.

The recipe contained the following:

  • Boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Marinade
    • soy sauce
    • Chinese rice wine or dry sherry
    • sesame oil
    • cornstarch
  • Sauce
    • dark soy sauce
    • Chinese rice wine or dry sherry
    • sugar
  • Other components
    • dried red chili peppers
    • garlic
    • green onions
    • oil (for frying)
    • peanuts or cashews
    • sesame oil

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The chicken in the marinade.

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The green onions, garlic, and peppers.

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The sauce – dark soy sauce, Chinese rice wine, and sugar

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The cashews.

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The chicken cooking in the wok.

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After the chicken was almost done, it was removed so that the garlic, peppers, and sauce could cook. Then the chicken was added back in and the cashews and green onions were finally added.

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The Other Menu Items

Hot & Sour Soup – chicken broth, dried shiitake mushrooms, rice vinegar, cornstarch, toasted sesame oil, ginger, tofu, bean thread noodles, soy sauce, dried crushed red pepper, sugar, cilantro

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Chinese Shiitake Egg Rolls – oyster sauce, soy sauce, sesame oil, sugar, salt, peanut or vegetable oil, ginger, garlic, scallions, carrots, shiitake mushrooms, shrimp, Chinese roast pork, egg roll wrappers, egg

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Shrimp Toast – white bread slices, shrimp, salt, rice vinegar, toasted sesame oil, cornstarch, white pepper, egg white, cilantro, oil

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Asian Cole Slaw – white vinegar, sugar, salt, cucumbers, red cabbage, green cabbage, carrot, Thai chilies, coriander leaves, peanuts, fried shallots

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Scallion Pancakes – flour, salt, boiling water, cold water, vegetable oil, green onions

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Crab Rangoon – cream cheese, crab meat, red onion, Worcestershire sauce, light soy sauce, black pepper, green onion, garlic, won ton wrappers, water, oil

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Fortune Cookies – egg white, flour, sugar, almonds

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