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What restaurant dishes have you come to appreciate more after trying to cook them yourself?

Asked by Jeruba (48495points) 1 week ago

If you’ve ever tried to reproduce a great restaurant dish at home, or even just handle a fussy ingredient or technique that takes practice, maybe you’ve gained a new appreciation for the pros who routinely turn out perfection.

What have you tried at home, only to find out that it was not as simple as it looked?

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JLeslie's avatar

Probably not considered great, but what comes to mind is Chinese egg rolls. I’m not very good at wrapping them, but I do like my homemade ones better than the restaurant. I don’t deep fry mine. I do buy the wrappers ready to wrap.

seawulf575's avatar

Pretty much anything oriental. My stir fry always comes out a little limp, I don’t get the right flavor on the sauces.

janbb's avatar

I rarely have steak but when I do, I’d rather order it in a really good steak place than make it at home.

Kardamom's avatar

Asian stir fry.

Indian curry dishes.

Pizza dough.

Mexican food, especially mole which is too time consuming.

gorillapaws's avatar

I agree with @seawulf575. Asian cooking is hard to nail (for me). Many dishes have huge ingredient lists that take forever to prep.

This Thai Chicken Larb over Jade Rice recipe is delicious and worth doing (you don’t need to join HelloFresh, I just like looking at their recipes). Unlike many Asian dishes, this one isn’t too tricky and it tastes better than the version I get from my local Thai restaurant. It’s such a nice blend of sweet, salty, touch of bitterness, heat, and acid.

janbb's avatar

I agree and also most definitely with @Kardamom about Indian food. My Ex and I took a class and have done some Indian cooking but it is usually better at a good Indian restaurant.

dabbler's avatar

Sauces… no luck with any but simplest dressings and sauces, and they can make such a difference.

AshlynM's avatar

Any type of Asian food. When I make them, it’s edible, but definitely nothing like the restaurant.

joeschmo's avatar

Pizza, specifically the dough. Soups.

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