You should try giving General Tso's Chicken a try, there's many good recipes to be found through google searches(or PM me for the one I use). I've been an amateur chinese cook for years, along with having a PCI culinary degree(got to see Martin Yan in person while I was there, awesome!). For the life of me, as good as I can make it, I can never get the exact taste they can at decent chinese places, even by getting my stuff down in the strip, where I dont even know what the entire label says. Its frustrating, but fun.
Good staples to have to mess around with, a good dark soy, or tamari sauce, I stay away from the La Choy or Kikoman, tastes too processed and artificially seasoned, I have some stuff from the strip in a bottle that looks more suited for bottled water, and a bottle of Tamari from G.E., a decent Hoisin Sauce (best described as an asian BBQ sauce), Oyster Sauce (hard to describe flavor, dont be scared by the word oyster, it is not fishy), and everyones new favorite a good bottle of Siracha, I prefer the one with the seeds, as opposed to the puree, but either are good. Also not a bad idea to have a bottle of sesame oil, adds great flavor to things.
Try this for a simple Lo Mein dish.(serving for 2)
8-10 oz Protein (Chicken, Pork Beef, Shrimp whatever) Cut into thin strips (not the shrimp, just take the shell and tail off and devein)
Mixed Vegetable (Users choice, I go with White Onion, Green and Red Peppers, Celery, Water Chesnuts, carrots, and broccoli)
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon minced ginger (or 1/2 teaspoon dried ginger powder)
1/3 Cup Soy Sauce
1/3 Cup Oyster Sauce
1/3 Cup Hoisin
1 Portion of cooked Lo Mein Noodles (found in asian aisle of giant eagle or in strip district market, if cannot find, sub. spaghetti noodles)
Stir-fry meat/fish in small amount of oil until cooked (beef users can cook to desired temp) remove and set aside, wipe any meat drippings from pan, use same pan to stir fry veggies in small amount of oil, I prefer to leave them somewhat crisp, remove to bowl with chicken, again wipe your pan, same one, again add small amount of oil, add garlic and ginger, cook for no longer than 10 seconds, add all 3 sauces, mix well until bubbling, add meat, veggies and noodles, mix to reheat, enjoy! If you like spicy asian, add some siracha or some dried red pepper flakes, this is really simply, and really delicious!