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The Best Way to Reheat Chinese Food

You can forget about soggy leftovers after trying this trick
Lo Mein Chinese Food
Photo: Rachel Vanni/Tasting Table

So you ordered too much Chinese food again, and there are a few take-out containers lurking in your fridge. We like cold lo mein as much as the next guy, but if you want to reheat your dinner without creating a soggy mess, here's the best approach.

Reheat your Chinese food in a pan on the stove.

Forget the microwave and certainly don't open the oven. All you need is a wok or large pan, a little bit of oil and a moderate amount of heat. Whether you're warming up noodles, rice or vegetables, a couple minutes over high heat will perk everything up, restoring the meal's integrity way better than a microwave ever could, even leaving the edges a little charred if that's what you're going for.

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You can reheat each item separately for the most consistent effect, but if you need to eat your leftovers immediately (which is usually how leftovers go), be sure to watch each item in the pan. If you want to get crazy, throw in a dash of soy sauce for extra flavor.

Once you try this method, you'll never look back. And you'll no longer waver on getting that extra order of sesame chicken.

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