If you enjoy seafood but don't tend to order it when treating yourself to Chinese takeaway, you're missing out. Seafood is popular in authentic Chinese cuisine, and there are a wide variety of seafood dishes to choose from. Whether you like spicy curries or milder noodle dishes, consider changing up your takeaway order and trying one of the seafood dishes on the menu. Here are three seafood dishes to try when ordering a Chinese food takeaway:

Dry-Fried Shredded Squid

Dry-frying is a popular cooking technique in Chinese cuisine, particularly in dishes originating from the Sichuan province. For this dish, thinly shredded squid is cooked quickly in a hot, dry pan until it's crunchy on the outside and chewy on the inside. Just before removing from the heat, garlic, red chillies, bell peppers and honey are added to the pan to create a satisfyingly spicy dish with a hint of sweetness. Enjoy dry-fried shredded squid with fried or boiled rice and a side of sautéed greens.

Salt And Pepper Soft-Shell Crab

Salt and pepper soft-shell crab is a delectable dish that isn't to be missed. The crabs used for this dish are blue crabs that are caught when they have moulted but haven't yet developed their new shell. They can be eaten whole, which gives this crab dish the advantage of being fuss-free compared to other crab dishes. Blue crab meat is slightly sweet and juicy, and for this dish, the crabs are coated in a batter made with flour, Sichuan pepper, salt and beaten egg. The crabs are deep-fried, which cooks them quickly and allows them to remain succulent. Salt and pepper soft-shell crab is garnished with red chillies and can be enjoyed with vegetable-fried rice.

Shrimp Egg Foo Young

Egg foo young is a classic Cantonese dish that is similar to an omelette and can be made with a variety of fillings. Shrimp egg foo young is made by sautéing beansprouts, shrimp, spring onions and mushrooms in a pan with a little Chinese five-spice powder. Beaten egg is then added to the pan and allowed to cook through. The dish is served over boiled rice with gravy made with sesame oil, chicken stock, soy sauce and cornflour. Shrimp egg foo young is a hearty dish that is ideal for those who want a meal with seafood that isn't spicy.

These are just a few examples of seafood dishes that are typically available from Chinese takeaways. Look out for them next time you order Chinese food, or ask your favourite Chinese takeaway to recommend a seafood dish for you to try.