How to Fancy Up Your Chinese Takeout Meal
Who doesn’t love Chinese takeout? We certainly do at our house. It’s a delicious answer to “What’s for dinner tonight?” Now there are times when I actually get adventurous and make a Chinese meal from scratch……and my husband puts together a great Pork Fried Rice and an Egg Drop soup which always make my attempts look pretty good. Still, most of the time it is takeout from our favorite restaurant. While I admit that there are plenty of times that we plop down in the family room to watch a movie, food cartons in hand, there are other times when it is nice to sit down at a nicely set table with a little Asian ambiance! This table setting is so simple that it can be set up in just minutes, making even takeout seem a little bit special.
We’ve been trying to learn to use chopsticks, so I have no other flatware on the table ………..of course there are always the more familiar standbys close at hand.
The large black ironstone dinner plates are originally from Target. I say originally because I stumbled upon them while out thirfting one day. I find myself using them in many combinations. The smaller plates are part of my Wedding china, Coventry, pattern Laurent. The small oval dish came from Crate and Barrel many years ago. They’re perfect used here for sweet and sour dipping sauce. Colorful and reuseable chopsticks round out the setting.
Aren’t these glass etched bamboo cups and teapot adorable? Since we always have hot tea with these meals, they work perfectly………from Target also.
I finished the table off with a small centerpiece from the clearance aisle at, of all places, Jo-Ann Fabric. Finally, my bamboo place mats and black napkins are from Bed Bath and Beyond. All of these are things I’ve had on hand for quite a while now. I use these place mats so often I feel like they are staples in my kitchen. So you don’t need lots of special dishes. You just need to be a little creative with what you have. Obviously most of the time it’s not feasible to set a complete table for something as humble as a Chinese takeout meal, but I think it’s fun to change things up a bit sometime, don’t you?
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