cuisine enjoys a supreme standing in the world of food and its delicacies
are renowned globally for their delicious, appetizing aroma and exquisite
presentations. Due to the variance of the climate and different customs
prevailing over the vast region of China, food is widely available with its
special styles and tastes. Chinese cuisine has played a substantial role and
has become as an indispensable part of the nation's heritage and culture.
Aromatic Chinese Cuisine
Vivid, sweet smelling and delicious are temperaments of China's varied
cuisines. Chinese cuisine's savory dish normally adorned
with three to five colors with variety of flavors added to the course.
In Chinese dishes, the stronger aromatic fragrance stimulates one's
appetite, the use of scallion, fresh ginger, root garlic or chili pepper
with the flavor of wine, aniseed, cinnamon, peppercorn and sesame oil adds
charm and delicacy to the Cuisine. Complementary subtleties like -- Soy
sauce, Sugar, Vinegar and other seasonings are also used carefully to
maintain the balance of all the ingredients added in a dish.
A unique Chinese food is dim sum. Actually dim sum comprises of small
dishes taken for snacks or during tea time, in Chinese it is called yam cha.
The dishes are served in restaurants on a trolley. Most of the dim sum
dishes are steamed, but they may also be fried or braised. Common to all dim
sums is that they are in small portions, bite size, and normally strongly
flavored. Dim sum is of Cantonese origin and very popular not only in China
but also in other Asian countries.
Noodles are the most important in any course of Chinese cuisine. The credit
of inventing noodles goes to Chinese, later on, was spread over to European
countries by Marco Polo in the 13th century and later on to the south Asian
Countries. Making noodles in a traditional Chinese way is an acrobatic art.
In early days the dough was pulled and whirled through the air in order to
stretch it, but today the machines do the entire process. The Chinese have a
very logical reason to explain why the longer noodles are the best! To the
ever-superstitious Chinese, long noodles mean long life. The noodles are
mixed with varied souses and vegetables to give an aromatic flavor quite
popular among children.
Bean Curd is also known as Tofu in the Western world quite
popular as a Chinese dish. It has the appearance of a soft cheese known and
is produced by milling soybeans and forming large cakes of it that can be
stored for quite a while. It can be cut into slices, and as it is fairly
tasteless by itself (just as noodles), it easily adopts the taste of sauces
and the other ingredients of a dish.
Erotic Food of China --Snakes, Cats and Bird's Nests
Snake meat is highly valued in Chinese cuisine rather for a number of
notable pharmaceutical effects than the taste. The taste of snake food is
like chicken. Snake food is good in winter because it is regarded as heart
warming. Eating the snake's gall bladder is supposed to bring sure relief
from rheumatism. A dish named Dragon, Phoenix, Tiger is prepared of snake,
chicken and cat and is supposed to be an especially powerful agent to
restore youth and vigor. The food of cats, snakes, and bird's nests is quite
nutritious, although Westerns are not convinced with this cuisine.
The two most famous Chinese soups, sharks fin soup and bird's nest soup are
quite thick soups, resulting from the adding of the two main ingredients,
shark fin and bird's nests which are simmered for many hours. It is rich
delicacy often afforded by aristocrat crowd.
The Charm of Chopsticks
It's commonly known that the Chinese invented chopsticks a kind of cutlery
to be used when eating but actual reason behind it was some thing else.
Actually, the Chinese were taught to use chopsticks long before spoons and
forks were invented in Europe, the knife was considered as a weapon, not a
dining cutlery, therefore Chinese always preferred the delicate Chopsticks.