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How to reheat Chinese takeaway

Updated April 17, 2017

Chinese food didn't join the mainstream UK diet until the 1950s, but since then Brits have developed a taste for this delicious Asian cuisine and no self-respecting high street is now without its own Chinese takeaway. Large portions are typical, though, and these leftovers make a sinfully tasty addition to almost any meal, at any time of day or night. How you reheat your leftover Chinese takeaway can make the difference between a savoury meal and a small house fire.

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  1. Empty the desired portion of food into a microwaveable plastic container. Use a wide container so your food spreads flat and heats evenly. Some restaurants deliver their food in microwaveable containers, but others still use the traditional foil box. This metal will spark into flames in your microwave.

  2. Microwave your container of Chinese food for one minute without a lid. Stir the contents after one minute and turn over any large pieces of meat or dumplings.

  3. Return the container to the microwave and continue heating for another minute. Remove the container and try a bite to test the temperature. Return to the microwave if the food is too cool or enjoy as is.

  4. Return the original container to the fridge promptly to avoid spoilage.

  5. Tip

    Empty your leftover Chinese food into microwaveable safe containers immediately after the meal for better visibility and faster reheating.


    Never reheat cooked rice -- the bacteria can lead to food poisoning.

    Use extra caution and cut large items like spring rolls before reheating. What feels cool on the ends can burn your tongue in the middle.

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Things You'll Need

  • Plastic container
  • Fork

About the Author

Christina Bednarz Schnell began writing full-time in 2010. Her areas of expertise include child development and behavior, medical conditions and pet health. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in international relations.

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