Chinese food is sort of like pizza. After all, there’s nothing more indulgent than digging into it when it’s steamy and fresh. Then the next day it can still be pretty tasty, even when you eat it cold. But reheating Chinese food the wrong way — namely by throwing your leftovers in the microwave — can destroy the entire experience.
We’re not exaggerating here. There are several reasons you should skip the microwave when it comes to reheating your Chinese takeout, especially in its original take-out container. First, that takeout container may not be microwave-safe. Unless it has been explicitly labeled safe for the microwave, there is no way to know if your plastic container is perfectly fine or possibly leaching out harmful chemicals into your food.
Furthermore, there is always the risk that it will melt. And that little metal handle on the side of your favorite Chinese restaurant’s cute, paper to-go carton? That’s a potential fire hazard, so please keep it far, far away from the inside of your microwave.
We’ve established that microwaving Chinese takeout in its to-go container is dicey, but there’s more to this leftover etiquette than just safety: Reheating Chinese food in the microwave simply makes it taste bad. Who wants to eat overcooked noodles, soggy egg rolls, or rock-hard rice?
Watch this video for why you shouldn’t reheat Chinese food in the microwave!
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